Fiction writers know that place can be as important as character. Think:

  • Winterfell
  • Minas Tirith
  • Downton Abbey
  • Gotham City
  • Cabot Cove
  • King’s Landing
  • Hidalgo

For some reason, non-fiction writers tend to focus on events and people. However, place is just as important for those of us who write non-fiction as you fiction gurus.  In fact, every place has a story – and for me, it’s a (non-fiction) story waiting to be told. Those waiting include:

  • Pecos Ruins, New Mexico
  • Grattan Massacre Site (where a cow started a war)
  • Living Room (my local coffee house)
  • Don’s Pharmacy (Port Townsend, WA)
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala (pictured above)
  • The house around the corner with the orange door

What places do you know that have a story waiting to be told?

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more than one thing write a book

Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write?

I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget that I am far more than a writer. I am a reader, a friend, a daughter, sister, gardener, photographer, traveler, historian, kite-flyer, computer geek, bill-payer, bird watcher, blessing cairn maker. And oh-so-much-more.

As you consider your many parts, which of them do you bring to the writer’s table?


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nancy hendrickson's non fiction bootcamp for authors

I spend a lot of time alone but not alone. Cause there’s the cat, the hummingbirds and orioles outside my window, the herbs and flowers on the patio – all bursting with Nature’s own brand of energy. So being alone while I work doesn’t seem so bad. However, the question about being comfortable with silence is another matter.

When I’m writing a period piece, I play period music (think fiddle music of Lewis and Clark). When I’m really concentrating I play instrumental background music. When I’m really concentrating, though, I turn everything off. At that moment – when I’m deep into the words and the flow – I enter the Silence.

And you?

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