Writing Non-Fiction

There are two distinguishing features of non-fiction writing:

  1. it deals in facts
  2. grammar and punctuation follow conventional rules.

Fiction writing is very much the opposite.

Getting the facts right in non-fiction writing is primarily up to the rigour of research method and referencing, although in some disciplines, such as history, ‘facts’ are more open to interpretation and selection bias than in other areas (e.g. physical sciences). This website does not deal in the selection and presentation of facts. It does, however, focus strongly on grammar and punctuation.

If you subscribe to the Writing in the Gap Newsletter (either through the Subscribe page or the sign-up panel on the lower right-hand side of this page), you will receive a copy of The Seven-Step Guide to Better Writing Skills which contains a section on basic grammar and punctuation rules. For more detailed information, the blogs listed on this page and on the Writing Non-fiction page will be useful.

The following list shows planned blogs, plus those already posted [with hotlinks in brackets]. If you have any particular topic you want to hear more about, please send an email through the Contact page.

Research & Information Management

 Style and Substance


Targeting Audience & Purpose





Common Writing Errors