Hi all. I have just finished writing a mini-book which is an introduction to non-fiction writing and will be posting 500 words of it each Thursday. Here is the first part:

TELL YOUR STORY! A MINIMALIST GUIDE TO WRITING NON-FICTION

Copyright ©Garth Cameron 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garth Cameron is a Barrister & Solicitor who lives in Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (1974) and Bachelor of Laws (1980) at the University of Otago and was admitted to the Bar in 1980. He is in his 38th year of legal practice.

His first career was as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He is also a glider pilot and instructor for gliders. He has flown over 3000 hours in many types of aircraft.

His writing has been published regularly since 2005. It includes four books and many articles. His most recent book is Umberto Nobile and the Arctic search for the Airship Italia (UK, Fonthill Media, 2017).

Garth is also a writing coach and provides a service tailored to the individual needs of each client. His services range from ghosting complete books to providing advice at key parts of your projects.

Garth Cameron
Author and Writing Coach
+64 3 477 1719
+64 27 622 8428
garth@garthcameronlaw.co.nz

INTRODUCTION

This mini-book is an introduction to writing non-fiction. The essence of non-fiction is telling your story or the stories of other people. All writing, including fiction has valuable lessons for those embarking on their first book project.

All literate people think about writing a book, yet most do not. The first requirement is a story worth telling and the rest is the self-discipline to learn how and the stamina to see that book through all its stages and onto the shelves of bookshops and libraries.

Don’t let age stop you. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the first of the Little House on the Prairie series in 1932 when she was 65 and wrote another seven of them, the last when she was 76. Charles Darwin was 50 when On the Origin of the Species (1859) was published and novelist Raymond Chandler was 51 when his first novel was published. Julia Child wrote her best selling book on French cuisine when she was 50. It is literally never too late to start writing.

Writing is not only satisfying, it is also almost unique in being activity that costs virtually nothing to carry on.

I love reading and writing and I hope that my enthusiasm will rub off on you.