Free Your Inner Nonfiction Writer
Educate, Influence, and Entertain Your Readers
by Johanna Rothman
Learn how to write nonfiction fast and well. Start with choosing one
ideal reader and help that reader understand why you’re writing this
piece. You’ll learn three possible structures to organize any piece of
writing, including blog posts, newsletters, and book chapters. Create
and fill your idea bank with everything you want to write, from big
ideas to smaller fieldstones. Learn to cycle—not edit—as you clarify
your ideas. That’s because nonfiction writers learn as they write. Apply
these ideas so your readers can see why your words matter.
You can learn to write fast and well—to educate, influence, and
entertain your readers.
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Free your inner nonfiction writer as you learn to write fast and well.
Do you want to write nonfiction better and faster? But when you try to
write, you feel stuck, or you don’t like what you wrote, or you’re not
sure why anyone would want to read your words. You can enjoy writing,
especially when you integrate thinking and learning as you write. And,
when you wait to edit until the end, you can write faster. Learn how to
educate, influence, and entertain people with your writing.
You’ll learn how to:
- Separate writing, which includes thinking and learning, from
- Focus on your readers, so you write what they need to know.
- Face your writing fears.
- Find your author voice, so you sound like you.
- Be ready to write, so you never have to face a blank page.
- Empathize with your readers to write about what matters to them.
- Edit just enough.
- Evolve your writing system.
Buy this book and learn how to write nonfiction to educate, influence,
What You Need
- 1. Write to Think and Learn
- 1.1 Writing Captures Words
- 1.2 Reset Your Writing Rules
- 1.3 Nonfiction Writers Write at Several Levels
- 1.4 Fear Paralyzes Writers
- 1.5 Manage Your Imposter Syndrome
- 1.6 Try Freewriting
- 1.7 Evolve Your Writing System
- 1.8 Practice Writing to Think and Learn
- 2. Write Fast to Write Well
- 2.1 Create Your Idea Bank and Fieldstones
- 2.2 Write What Interests You
- 2.3 Finish What You Start
- 2.4 Cycle for Clarity
- 2.5 See How to Write Fast and Well
- 2.6 Write Clean to Maintain Momentum
- 2.7 Practice Correct Spelling
- 2.8 Practice Writing Faster to Write Well
- 3. Write for Your Ideal Reader
- 3.1 Empathize with Your Readers
- 3.2 Write About What Matters
- 3.3 Organize with the Rule of Three
- 3.4 Hook The Reader with a Problem
- 3.5 Structure Your Piece with Logic
- 3.6 End With a Reminder of the Start
- 3.7 Write In Any Order
- 3.8 Practice Writing for Your Ideal Reader
- 4. Edit Just Enough
- 4.1 Edit When You’re Still Interested
- 4.2 Maintain Your Author Voice
- 4.3 Edit as Little as Possible
- 4.4 Review Your Logic
- 4.5 Maintain Your Author Voice
- 4.6 Add References
- 4.7 Finalize Your Title
- 4.8 Practice Editing Just Enough
- 5. Choose the Feedback You Want
- 5.1 What Will Feedback Offer You?
- 5.2 Never Ask for Interim Feedback
- 5.3 When Feedback Makes Sense
- 5.4 Clarify the Value of Peer Review
- 5.5 Consider the Perfection Game
- 5.6 Use These Questions for Feedback
- 5.7 Offer Feedback with Empathy
- 5.8 Beware of Reviewer-Focused Feedback
- 5.9 Build Your Peer Community
- 5.10 Create a Writing Community
- 5.11 Practice Your Feedback Choices
- 6. Publish Your Work
- 6.1 You Own Your Writing
- 6.2 Your Employer Owns Your Writing
- 6.3 Write as Work for Hire
- 6.4 Write for Publishers Who Don’t Want Your Copyright
- 6.5 How to Work with a Professional Editor
- 6.6 Choose Your Publication Options
- 6.7 Recognize When Others Violate Your Copyright
- 6.8 Publish Widely
- 6.9 Practice Publishing Your Work
- 7. Help Yourself Succeed
- 7.1 Create Your Writing Environment
- 7.2 Count Your Words
- 7.3 Avoid Talking About Your Writing
- 7.4 Read Widely
- 7.5 Write With Others
- 7.6 Transform Your Perfection Rules
- 7.7 Watch for These Writing Traps
- 7.8 Last Words—For Now
- Annotated Bibliography
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Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank
advice for your complex problems. She helps leaders and teams learn to
see practical alternatives that help them achieve more agility in their
work. With that knowledge, they can choose what—and how—to adapt
their product development.
With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 19
books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of blog posts about many
aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern
Management Made Easy series. Find the Pragmatic Manager, a monthly
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