Writing non-fiction takes skill as well as perseverance. Non-fiction encompasses many areas. Journalism, travel writing, sports writing, biographies, true crime stories, these are all works of non-fiction. No matter what you write, preparation is key. Once you’ve chosen or have been assigned a topic, form an outline showing which points you’d like to highlight. Then brainstorm. Write down all you know about your topic. At this point, you’ll want to make sure you’ve researched your topic thoroughly. You may need to conduct interviews, read books, or attend sporting events. Your library as well as the Internet is a good resource of information. Other works that are similar to yours are also helpful. Libraries also have newspapers on microfiche for you to browse. After your brainstorming session, you should have ample information to expand your outline. Now you’re ready to write a rough draft. Once this is done, go back over it and fix any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. Cut out any redundancies or excess words. Check for run-on sentences. Check for passive verbs. Make sure you have a beginning that will capture your readers and make them interested enough to read your entire work. Also, wrap up your manuscript with a strong ending.