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05-08-2007, 03:03 AM
Does anyone know of some good prompts for creative nonfiction, either ones you know or off the top of your head?

05-08-2007, 03:15 AM
Pardon me, but what does "good prompt for creative nonfiction" mean?

05-08-2007, 03:18 AM
Valid question. Honestly, I'm stuck in a bind -- I need to write 5 pages of narrative nonfiction, and I used my only idea on my previous paper. So really, I'd take any prompt.

Creative nonfiction, also known as literary journalism and narrative journalism, is a type of writing which uses literary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary) skills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skill) in the writing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing) of nonfiction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonfiction). A work of creative nonfiction, if well written, contains accurate and well-researched (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research) information and also holds the interest of the reader. Creative nonfiction is contrasted with "research nonfiction" which may contain accurate information, but may not be particularly well written and may not hold the attention of the reader very well.

Narrative nonfiction is a type of creative nonfiction which tells a story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storytelling), for example, Black Hawk Down (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Down) by Mark Bowden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bowden). Black Hawk Down began as a series of newspaper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper) and Internet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet) articles. Its availability as an Internet series gave the author the benefit of extensive feedback (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feedback) from viewers. Bob Woodward (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Woodward) of the Washington Post (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Post) is also noted for his skills at narrative nonfiction, in books like All the President's Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_President%27s_Men) and Bush at War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_at_War). (wikipedia)

05-08-2007, 03:51 AM
OK, here's an idea:

Why do people often jump to conclusions that are obviously wrong?

Take, for example, auto repair. How many times have you heard it . . . "My car is still screwed up. The dealer ripped me off!"

Now, think logically about that statement. Do you really think the dealer staff sits there and says, "Oh boy! Another victim!" Get real.

When we consider the possible reasons a car repair might not turn out right, criminal activity is pretty far down the list. Then why is it the first suggestion from some people's mouths?

That's an idea for five pages . . .

05-08-2007, 04:20 AM
Immigration issues would be a good topic for a narrative nonfiction. Tell a story of an immigrant family, etc. "All Amelia Wanted Was To Be American."

Travel stories are another good area of narrative nonfiction. "Two Days in Tulsa" for example.

Write something about Paris Hilton. :D

"How College Students Are Growing Up Too Fast."

"Fifteen Ways To Say 'Mom, I Love You.' "

05-09-2007, 12:48 AM
Thanks, guys. I'll have to see if something clicks.