What's Your Why?
Your STEM LOVE tip comes from me today.
I never thought I would enjoy writing nonfiction.
As a child and teen, I thought nonfiction was boring. Nonfiction books should only be read when writing essays for school.
But nowadays, I love nonfiction’s vibrant photographs, the magical language, and the knowledge I gain from reading the genre.
And writing it has become even more enjoyable. I often find myself so wrapped up in my research that I will be absorbed for hours. By the end of that time, I have gathered so many facts that weaving them into a cohesive manuscript seems impossible. It’s almost like I’m walking blindfolded through a maze. I can’t see how to connect all my ideas.
That is when I have to stop myself and ask, “What’s my why?”
Why am I writing this piece?
Why will my story or book matter to a reader?
Why is this fact important to my overall goal?
Once I start asking myself about my why, I can usually see the path I need to take. Once I remember where I am headed, it becomes easier to organize my thoughts. And often times, I’m able to cut out a few facts, which makes my writing clearer and more concise.
So next time you feel more stuck than chewing gum in quicksand, ask yourself what’s your why?
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2/25/2021 04:39:11 am
Hi! Thank you for the nonfiction tips, Ciara! My fav one and one I got from the article was basically the idea of taking something that has you “stuck” or in wonder and turn it into something that you can learn about and turn around and teach children in a fun way with bright pictures.
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