How to Write Non-Fiction
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How to Write Non-Fiction

From Your First Ideas to Your Final Product
4.5 (34 ratings)
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133 students enrolled
Created by Randy Paterson
Last updated 6/2017
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use a card-based system of collecting and organizing research and ideas.
  • Create a structure for the piece from their ideas.
  • Create a first draft.
  • Edit the work in a multiple-pass system.
Requirements
  • A passion for writing extended works of non-fiction.
Description

Are you a writer of extended works of non-fiction - books, memoirs, reportage, review articles, or essays? If so - or if you want to be - this course is for you! I'll train you in a system for recording and organizing your ideas so that you don't spend most of your time hunting for sources - a system that will allow the structure and organization of your piece to emerge naturally from the content. You'll learn how to weed painlessly through your notes and assign ideas to chapters or sections of your work. We'll discuss how to face that fearsome blank page and get through a first draft. Writing can be a long process, and I'll provide strategies to remain focussed and productive. Once you have a draft, we'll consider what professional writers know is the phase where the real product emerges: Editing. I'll offer concrete tips for the structural edit, for the fine-tuning edit, and for the dull but necessary task of proofreading. As a psychologist and published author (How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, The Assertiveness Workbook, Your Depression Map, Private Practice Made Simple, and more) I will guide you through the practical and mental process of writing engaging and successful nonfiction. My goal is to save you hundreds of hours of frustration, and to help you produce the very best work you can.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for experienced and novice writers of extended non-fiction - books, academic articles, and essays.
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:56:21
+ The Idea Deck: Research and Planning
7 lectures 35:48
Gather Your Ideas: Creating Your Idea Deck
07:57
Researching Source Material: Threshing and Recording
05:33
How Many Cards do You Need?
03:00
A Tab System to Organize Your Cards
02:44
Let the Book Find Itself: Excalibur and Your Outline
04:55
Chunk Your Cards Into Sections
05:47
Lay Out Your Chapters
05:52
+ Writing Your First Draft
13 lectures 42:26
Stretch Your Mind: Creating the Mental Space for Writing
03:23
Write with Tomatoes: The Pomodoro Technique
06:02
When do you Write? Avoiding the Motivation/Inspiration Trap
03:08
NOW Write Your Outline, Not Before: The Research Creates the Structure
02:03
Where Should You Start? A Rationale for Skipping the Introduction For Now
01:40
Which is Your First Content Chapter? Finding Your Hook
04:09
Drafts Versus Editing: Creating Rock to Sculpt
02:43
Writing a Chapter: Using Cards and Filling in Gaps
02:39
Shovelling Snow: Pushing Deep into a Draft
04:00
The Motivational Dip: Anticipating and Coping with the Lull
02:17
Stay Focussed on the Chapter at Hand
02:56
Cope with Writers' Block: Re-Deploying Your Focus
02:43
Completing Your Draft: The Introduction and Conclusion
04:43
+ Editing as Sculpture
6 lectures 25:39
Editing: Now the Real Writing Begins
06:19
Edit One: Structure and Major Surgery
02:44
When and How to Split a Chapter
03:16
Edit Two: Fine Tuning and Polishing Doorknobs
02:41
Edit Three: Proofreading - The Dullest and Yet Critical Step
07:43
Wrapping it Up: Summary and Farewells
02:56