A WRITER’S COMPASSDirection for your writing career
Don’t get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer’s Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing instructor, mentor, and marketing consultant, Elizabeth Lyon helps you navigate the art and craft of writing—with clear, easy-to-follow directions:
NORTHGetting Your Bearings
Understand your purpose and your audience; learn to refine your ideas, select effective titles, and find the best method of organization for any piece
Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them
EASTLearning to Market
Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales
WESTRefining Your Vision
Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams
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Table of ContentsA Writer's Guide to NonfictionAcknowledgments
North: Getting Your Bearings
1. What Do I Want to Say?
2. Who Are My Readers?
3. What Form Can My Writing Take?
4. How Can I Refine My Idea?
5. How Do I Begin?
6. How Do I Develop the Middle?
7. How Can I End Well?
8. Writing About People
9. Writing About Ideas
10. Writing About Things
11. Writing About Places
South: Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
12. Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
East: Your Rising Star
13. Learning How to Market
West: Refining Your Vision
14. Exploring New Horizons
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Lyon's books are must buys for any wanna be writers. I owe the sale of my first book to Elizabeth and her books - they helped me create a polished, professional looking proposal which sold quickly. Elizabeth is a very practical, down to earth writer, and her easy to understand instructions are much better than most other how to write books. With the help of her books I was able to write the perfect proposal, and I'll be using my copy of A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction when I write my next book.
Besides providing a well-organized overview of all aspects of nonfiction writing, A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction covers specific techniques for particular types of writing--such as memoir, self-help, travel--then breaks these categories into subcategories, and suggests the most likely organizing scheme for each. In another section, the book discusses the most important aspects of marketing, such as writing query letters, and provides examples. There are practical tips on every page of this straighforward guide. Every struggling writer needs a copy. For a teacher of nonfiction writing, this is the perfect textbook.