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4‌ ‌Lessons‌ ‌Nonfiction‌ ‌Writers‌ ‌Can‌ ‌Learn‌ ‌from‌ ‌Matthew‌ ‌McConaughey's‌ ‌Book‌ ‌ 'Greenlights'‌

Entrepeneur 09 Jun 2021 06:00
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I just finished reading Matthew McConaughey's autobiographical book Greenlights, and it has quickly found its way onto my “Best Books Ever Read” shelf. 

Here's what all nonfiction writers can take away from his book. 

1. Practice your craft

Matthew McConaughey is a long-term, experienced writer (a fact I did not know), and this came out clearly in his prose. Stellar writing is something learned through years of practice. 

A common reason new business writers struggle to write and eventually hire a ghostwriter is that they simply haven’t put in the time to learn the craft of writing

McConaughey wrote poetry as a boy and then started writing short stories. It was this proclivity for telling tales that led him, ultimately, to a career in Hollywood. 

But he was first a writer. 

If you want to write a top-quality nonfiction book, gaining writing experience is essential. Start small if you’re new to writing. Write blog posts, contribute to online magazines or just spend 30 minutes writing for your own pleasure before or after work. 

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