Is writing a nonfiction book a creative endeavor?
If you look online for inspiration, tips and techniques to demystify the writing process, most of what you’ll find relates to fiction writing.
But is writing nonfiction so different, really, from writing fiction?
I think not. No matter what you’re writing, the process is chaotic. Pulling something out of the mess is hugely creative.
Donald Miller describes his writing process for A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, his book about recovering from writer’s block by turning his life into a “filmworthy” story.
“I search my computer for random files and essays I’ve written on the subject… I begin to organize all the mess. I start reading through all of those Word documents to see if I can find a book in there somewhere… I put these in the order I think they might fit into a book and call this file Rough Draft.”
Read the rest of his useful blog post on How to Write a Book.