Category: Writing

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How to write a biography

How to write a biography. In this excerpt from Write From The Start, join author Caroline Foster as she explains the steps involved when writing a biography. List the main topics you need to find out about and make helpful notes about where you might find this information. List the research you might need to do including interviews, material collation, reference guides and evidence. Then make a list of what you already know. This is important as you do not want to duplicate research; it is also useful in case you come across contradictory information. Check your W&A Yearbook for resources for writers, picture agencies, libraries, and publishers of biographies. Compile a list of people you might need to interview and where they are placed geographically. You could save yourself a considerable amount of time and cost if several interviewees are in the same geographical area, and you can manage your diary to suit theirs. Contact relevant interviewees, and make your appointments. Prepare your research notes and file them in an easy-to-find format; this could be chapter relevant, by interviewee, or in date order. Find a way that works for you. The last thing you want to happen, when you are in the throes of putting your copy together, is to spend valuable time searching for one small piece of information. If you are judicious with your filing, it will make your life much easier when you come to write your synopsis and subsequent book. Familiarise yourself with the interview…

Book and eBook for Writing Non-Fiction

How to Write A Children’s Book

In this excerpt from Write From The Start: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-Fiction, author Caroline Foster discusses how to write books for children. Writing Books for Children Writing for this age group is complex, and perhaps, more difficult than many writers envisage. The most fundamental aspect of writing for this category is understanding the age group of your readers. How you write for early readers is very different to how you would write for the 10 to 15-year bracket or indeed, the 12 to 20-year age range(s). There is a huge difference in the language, style, and interests of each age group before we even consider any gender-specific activities or pursuits. It is always essential, no matter what the genre is, to understand who you are writing for before you begin to write, and to know the reasons why you are putting together whatever it is you are planning to write. It is even more important to be clear about this before you embark on writing for the children’s market because young readers can be very difficult to please. Children have a built-in boredom beacon; they know when they are being lectured or spoken down to, and they are very quickly turned off by the wrong use of language, old fashioned terms, or writers who are out of touch with today’s trends. Ask yourself, am I writing this: - To inform them? - To entertain them? - To explain something? - To stimulate them? It could be a…