Category: Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing

Research First, or As You Go Along?

Researching books

Whether you write non-fiction or fiction, research is (or it had better be) a part of your process. Even if you’re “writing what you know,” you still need to supplement your knowledge with that of others. (Unless you are the foremost expert in your field, then I guess you can go ahead without any research.) …

Non-Fiction, Reading

Library Haul & Reading List 06/24/16

Library Haul & Reading List 06/24/16

Someone asked the other day why I post these book lists as “lists” instead of reviewing the books that I read. It’s a good question and here’s the answer. I’m not good at writing book reviews. Sure, I write board game reviews all the time over on, but books are different. I guess, to …

Freelancing, Non-Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing

The Joys and Sorrows of Writing Everything


I’ve been writing in one form or another my entire working life and there’s very little that I haven’t tried. First, it was marketing materials and grants. Then I transitioned into technical and corporate writing. I’ve written for blogs and online magazines, written evergreen content for websites, articles for newspapers and academic journals, textbooks, and …

Freelancing, Non-Fiction, Writing

51 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

Piggy bank

When people think of someone as being a writer, they often think in terms of books. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and scholarly books all come to mind as “writerly” pursuits. And certainly books are a noble goal and worth writing if that’s what you want to do. However, there are many more ways to make money …

Non-Fiction, Reading

Library Haul and Reading List 10/2/15

Library Haul and Reading List 10/2/15

This week’s list is all non-fiction. I’m busy working on my next novel, so it’s nice to get out of the fantasy world for a while and ground myself in some real world ideas. Funnily enough, this week’s haul seemed to come with a theme (unplanned) which is, “Looking on the bright side of life …