Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Must Confess

I must confess that I have a favorite author, Anita Diamant. She is mysterious, layered, and truthful. She is an intriguing storyteller, who shares and invites us along on the journey of discovery of a story, characters, places, and even ourselves. 

In her latest book, The Boston Girl,  with a farmhouse building from the 1800's  located ninety miles north of Boston.  A two story, white clapboard, and a sign, “The Rockport Lodge,” looking like a dozen other bed and breakfasts in town but unique in its clientele and history. 

"I must have driven past the place a hundred times; without giving it a thought, but pulling the car over when I saw a friend walk out the front door." "She told me that Rockport Lodge was not like other inns. Only female guests were permitted, a policy that started in 1906, when it opened to give inexpensive—and in the early days chaperoned—holidays for city girls of modest means." 
The philosophy behind the inn was to provide a bit of recreation and leisure for girls who would never have been able to afford it, if not for their wealthy patrons. 

Thus, begins the adventure and a story that is unforgettable, The Boston Girl.

Friday, March 6, 2015

What is Hot in the Writing World? Narrative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is the latest old, but new genre in literature.  Narrative nonfiction is in more demand now because of it entertaining and educational value. Laurie Abkemeier explains it this way, “There are many forms of entertainment vying for our attention, and the ones that give us the highest returns for our time and money investment are the ones that we gravitate toward.”

The more creative one is in telling a story whether it be fiction or nonfiction the more likely, it will be received.  Middle school authors especially are in need. We get kids reading early, but often lose them in middle school. The classics are great, but a modern twist on them might help retain readers in the middle grade years. Other topics like memoir, history, science, travel, and essay collections may inspire young readers if integrated into their curriculum in a dramatic exposition.

Storytelling with rich characters, textured scenery, and pacing that moves the story along should fully immerse us into its world. A good storyline with an arc based in fact is like a climax in a novel.

The market for narrative nonfiction books is hot. For more information about writing narrative nonfiction, check out Writer’s Digest March/April 2015 edition.

Check out the interview with Brad Meltzer, who has success across all genres and age groups. Not only does he write bestsellers, produce historical narratives for the History Channel, he also writes children's stories as well.