• Ashley Nicole

Less Common Writing Resources - Nonfiction

We've all heard of Grammarly or ProWritingAid or some other similar editing software, and we all watch the YouTube how-to-be-a-better-writer videos (Oh, just me?), and we've all read the writing craft books of the great successful authors. But did you know there are other resources out there that can not only help improve your writing but make it more realistic?

In today's blog I'm going to share one of my favorite writing resources that not everyone may use to its full potential. Over the next few weeks I will be covering the benefits of:


Google Maps and Zillow


Movie and Video Game Soundtracks




To be honest, I haven't read a lot of nonfiction since high school and college. It never interested me as much as fiction. However, I've recently learned how nonfiction can help me write better fiction and even spark new, unique ideas!


As I've mentioned in a previous post, in fiction you can make up every single detail in your worlds and stories, but without familiar and relatable details a reader may not feel connected to the story and lose interest. Aside from your regular internet research for your books another great place to turn is nonfiction. It can be biographies, historical pieces, memoirs, etc, but these types of books will give you details on specific time periods and people that can be taken as fact.

The time periods from these books can help you with your world building by giving your writing layers and depth. Understanding how monarchies, dictatorships, war, and other political based aspects work make your writing more believable.

Some characters from nonfiction can also have traits and backgrounds that inspire your own characters.

Now, how can you get new fiction ideas from nonfiction? Easy. Go pick up a nonfiction book and read it through. Once you're finish pull out the point in the story that could be described as an inciting incident or a turning point. Now, think about what would change if the opposite happened. BAM! New fiction story idea! This will create new obstacles and circumstances for your characters.

That's all for this post! I will be posting the last post for this series in two weeks! I've enjoyed sharing these unique writing tools with you and I hope you've found them helpful in your own writing journey!

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