31 Days: The Mechanics of Great NonFiction


UPDATE: When I set out to write this series of posts, I NEVER imagined it would be as popular as it has become. But in the almost year since I published this series, it’s gotten consistent traffic, and remains my highest trafficked post via Pinterest to date. So…


I have decided to publish this series as an ebook. 30 Days to Becoming a Writer will release on Amazon on August 25, 2014. 

Click here to purchase your copy today!



No, that’s not a typo – The book is a 30 Day Guide, not 31 Day Guide. I condensed the material into readable chapters, and organized it in a way that gives readers a comprehensive guide to writing and publishing in an easily digestible format. 


I will be removing the posts from this space in an effort to preserve the integrity of the book, but as soon as the book goes live, I will include the link where you can purchase these posts for your online library.


My hope and desire it that people will be inspired to continue to create, to write, and ultimately, to author the words that float in their heads and hearts. I’m so honored to have you all on this journey with me. I hope that you will benefit in your career as a writer from the tips offered in 30 Days to Becoming an Author. For more information on the book, and for more Pinterest-worthy images to promote it, go to KelliStuart.com.


Thanks for taking this journey with me!




  1. These are excellent tips, even for those of us who will never write a whole book but do write blogs that could be classified as creative nonfiction. I needed the reminder about the research part. I have taken to keeping good notes on my phone at each place we visit or taking photos of interpretive signs because I can never remember everything we saw or all that I read while trying to learn the history of a park. It’s a lot of work to gather more than basic surface facts. Writing for a gig like Fodors or Lonely Planet must be downright exhausting.

    Mary Roach is my favorite creative nonfiction writer. She can take a topic like the life (sic) of corpses and make it hilarious and fascinating without being overly morbid. I also love Bill Bryson. His travel books get me laughing so hard I can’t see through my tears.

    • I have never read either one of them! I will have to look into those, particularly Mary Roach, because it fascinates me that someone would write about corpses at all… 😉

      And the research aspect is what holds me back from writing a nonfiction book. Well, that an the fact that I just don’t love nonfiction. 🙂

  2. Have you read “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. It’s AMAZING!
    Loving this 31 days of Writing, by the way. 🙂


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