FIRST MEETING 9-2021 – NONFICTION
First Draft Checklist – Worksheets for constructing nonfiction blog posts or book chapters.
Last week we discussed the essentials of creating Non-fiction. Get access to the worksheets with the above link button if you need them.
For homework, you are supposed to come up with 300 – 700 words of a nonfiction work. We will share these in class.
A few key points to remember:
- Your first draft is just that, a very rough draft, don’t worry about getting it perfect, just get it down. Think about a tree before it becomes a table, it has to be cut down then lots of sanding and shaping happens.
- You will almost always go back and redo your first sentence after you finish.
- If you are having trouble with beginning or with a topic to write about, remember the brain dump. Don’t think about it but write down what comes to mind – phases, sentences, thoughts. See if there is a common thread or theme, combine those, and settle on 5 points and number from 1 – 5, most important first, begin there.
- Write as if you are talking to a friend that you are wanting to share a story or lesson with.
- Do you have the Foundational Questions answered? Who, What, Where, When, Why, & How.
- Anything you write must move your reader to some type of change or challenge. If your work is moving to you, it will be moving to others.
- Don’t be afraid to write what you really feel or want to say, stop judging yourself. Being transparent is key to being a writer.
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