For the first time in a while, I’m tackling a non-fiction project that doesn’t have to do with my day job or any of my community volunteer roles. While I’ve got a host under my belt (22 non-fiction books and over 40 magazine articles for children), it’s been a while since I wrote my last one.
So far, the current project is no more than a pitch for an article in a children’s magazine. And yet even coming up with the pitch was fun.
It feels good to get the creative juices flowing in that direction again. It reminds me how I love taking complex ideas and boiling them down into lively, interesting, understandable facts. Too often my day job (corporate communications) requires me to keep the facts dry.
I’m also moving in a relatively new (for me) direction with this pitch: narrative non-fiction. I’m proposing presenting the material in a way that combines fiction with non-fiction. While I’ve done fictional introductions in my past non-fiction work, this article would weave the storytelling throughout.
So let’s cross our fingers and hope my pitch fits into the magazine’s editorial plan. If not, it has still reminded me of what I love and will propel me to find similar opportunities in the near future.