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The psychology of fiction with Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Challenges of telling a good story in nonfiction writing

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Nonfiction writing involves storytelling and relies on surprising insights to engage readers. Similar to fiction writing, nonfiction requires planning and structuring the story to lead to a convincing conclusion. Good nonfiction writing involves planting seeds and using headfakes to engage readers. While the thesis of a nonfiction book remains intact, sometimes important chapters may be forgotten and need to be included later. Overall, nonfiction writing combines the process of discovery with a clear understanding of the story's direction.

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