The advice in this section can apply to most non-fiction writing.

  • Using Anecdotes
    We all love to listen to a well-told story. Whatever the message that you're trying to get across, you'll do it better if you can get your readers engrossed in a story. Here's how to use anecdotes to good effect in your books and articles.
  • Writing a How-To Book or Manual
    Keep just one thing in mind and the whole 'How To' project will become much, much easier: "If I were buying this book or manual, what would I hope to find out?" Put yourself in your readers' shoes. What is the best possible information you can give them? What would it take to make them say "Wow, I'm so glad I bought this book!"?
  • Writing Lively Non-Fiction
    Wendy St Germain has written about 30 titles; almost all non-fiction. Her non-fiction books and articles are lively and interesting, so it's no wonder her work is popular with editors. In this interview, Wendy tells you how she got started writing non-fiction, and offers her Top 5 Tips for keeping non-fiction interesting...
  • Cacti - The Silent Stars of the West
    This article on CACTI is reprinted with permission from the High Chaparral Newsletter, to accompany Wendy St. Germain's article on Writing Lively Non-Fiction... The West wouldn't be 'The West' without them. There are nearly 2,000 species of cactus the world over and all are believed to have originated in the Americas. Very few people haven't seen a cactus at least once in their lives...


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