I went to a nonfiction workshop last week at the Homestead, which is a haunted resort in Midway, Utah. And since it's Three Things Thursday, want to know three things I learned?
1. From ghost tours guide Cassie Ashton: Ghosts are attached to places or objects. FACT. They are also boring. Try writing nonfiction about flickering lights and slamming doors all the time.
2. From author Dean Hughes: Hearing the truth spoken is often surprising since most people are used to hiding what they think. You'll find that good writers are always truthful. You'll also find that Louise Plummer is always surprising. If you want to see what I mean, visit her blog.
3. From author John Bytheway: Writing self-help doesn't mean you can say, "You should," "We should," "You must." It's self-help, not author-help. When possible, tell a story and let readers find their own solutions in it.
So it looks like writing nonfiction isn't that different from writing a novel after all. Unless you're writing about ghosts.
If you were a ghost, which three places or objects would you haunt?