How Nonfiction Writers Can Use Their Powers for Good

Three things everyone with a platform can do now

A black pen
A black pen

The Power of Writing

Writers form connections with other people through words. We share thoughts with readers, connect with other people’s insights, and reinforce our common experience. That’s a superpower.

a child wearing a red superhero cape, with words Writing is my superpower
a child wearing a red superhero cape, with words Writing is my superpower

3 Things Anyone Can Do Now

1. Learn and reflect

My first step is always research, or in this case, learning and reflection. I’m adding a bunch of books to my Kindle to better understand the historic, systemic, and psychological underpinnings of racism in the United States.

2. Choose the voices you amplify

Each of us can amplify the voices of those who need to be heard.

a hand holding out a microphone
a hand holding out a microphone

3. Spread compassion, not fear and anger

People are enraged right now. People are fearful.

Will It Make a Difference?

You may be thinking, “This isn’t my audience…” or “I don’t have enough of a following.”

A Short Reading List for Writing for Change

Writing to Persuade — Advice from the former editor of the New York Times opinion page

A Reading List for Understanding

These are a few of the books that I have read already or have loaded onto my Kindle, to better understand the systemic problems we face today:

Author, Writing Coach: Writing about Marketing, Technology, and Writing Itself (very meta). AnneJanzer.com

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