Deborah's tips for writing nonfiction:
- Read fiction while writing nonfiction. You can't make things up with nonfiction, but many of the same elements in fiction can be used in nonfiction (scenes, story structure, openings, plot).
- Read like a writer.
- Watch movies. Think cinematically, which will help you to write scenes.
- Listen to writing podcasts. Liz Gilbert, Longform, Tin House.
Heiligman also offered these plot structures to study (Google):
- Over coming the monster
- Rags to riches
- Quest, (Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers)
- Voyage and return