Checklist of Negative Connotations to Avoid When Writing a Non Fiction Book

I write many negative comments, often I justify by hoping I am clearly identifying the problems, however when writing a book, this can cause problems.

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
-  Benjamin Franklin

I am entering the final stages of writing a non-fiction book explaining how I am able to live anywhere, and everywhere on planet. With recommendation of 100-150 cities good for living abroad and retiring, one and the same destinations in my opinion.

Positive Connotations

I wish to give people a positive experience, even if they 100 disagree with my retire abroad guide. How do you feel about this graphic?

Negative Connotations

I wish to avoid negative feelings, by accidentally inferring negative connotations, what does this photo make you feel?

When I write, I try to empathize with how the reader feels after a sentence.

Writing About Retiring Abroad

I hope to encourage people to live abroad, which in my mind includes the idea of retiring, if I know of a good place to live, I believe it is also a good place to retire. The magnitude of this decision to retire abroad though is staggering. It is possible the people have studied how, and where to retire for over 50 years, I want to ease into some decisions making ideas slowly develop.

"I do not want reader of my book to feel they need to justify their decision!"

I wish to guide this group, give them alternatives and allow them make their own decisions, because first, there are no correct answers. I am just encouraging people, and hope to discourage a few people from retiring abroad, my goal is not to tell them what to do. I can give a list of suggestions, and avoid guidelines that are too strict.

There are times when a writer needs to have boundaries, especially in the age of Internet Blogging where clear positions need to be taken. Blogger need to decide which issues are debatable, and how the reader is allowed to comment. Writing a non-fiction book can have maybe 5-10 major stance to make, and write chapters defending, however best to avoid continuous nagging.

For example, there are opinions that do not need to be open for debate:

I can say, (Active voice and not open to debate.)
1. Buy Real Estate Abroad.
2. Do not buy Real Estate.

Or I can be passive,
...If you decide to buy Real Estate.

List of Connotation to Avoid: I am going to write my list as applied to my retire and live abroad book here, with the hope by example another writer could understand the reasoning.

I do not want to infer, say, denote, or allow a person to conclude that I am insulting them in any shape or form. This is not a Blog post, negative or positive style can be removed or added while it is a work in process.

1. Do not say, "Do not buy real estate," only say in the chapter, or allow extremely indirect deductive logic styles.

2. Avoid comparisons of time, experience, and knowledge, allow every person to be an expert traveler.

3. "Should statements: Avoid direct conclusions, evaluate every usage of the phrases, should, best to, go to, or do this

4.  Looking for more, please write in comments below, thank you.

The Team of People to Write a Book:

1. Is the book needed opinions? There are people who have traveled or lived abroad for over 7-10 years. I am constantly discussing with them what motives, what is valid contemns and trying to demographically define who I anticipate reading the book. And how to avoid accidentally encouraging friends, family, associates or Blog readers from reading something that would bore them from their present life station.

Simple first reading for open ideas, for example, my mother is good here, she simples idea, streamlines them and put them in terms a retired person from the Midwest state of Indiana can understand.

- I can have the "Connotations" both negative and positive one red marked here, I am going to have people read only the printed one, because reading on the Internet or computer distorts understanding.

2. Proofreading for grammar and spelling: Truly this sounds simple enough, but I have to take great care the person doe not believe they are doing job "1," above.

- I hope more connotation are found here:

3. Style Editors: Professional writers who ha

ve completed a book, or have written extensive, I take great care here, I try to only listen to people who have shown themselves to be a pr oven success.

4. Cover of Book Designers: I hope this is graphic design done with marketing the book skills in the same book. I believe an extremely experience person could make or break a book, this is the first impression.

5. Publishing Consultants: People who explain which publishers are available and how to work with them.

Connotation Defined: For the technical term in semiotics, see connotation (semiotics).   A connotation is a commonly understood subjective cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation.   A connotation is frequently described as either positive or negative, with regards to its pleasing or displeasing emotional connection. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed; although these have the same literal meaning (stubborn), strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone's will (a positive connotation), while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone (a negative connotation).

Writing Style Defined:
Writing style is the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience. A style reveals both the writer's personality and voice, but it also shows how she or he perceives the audience, and chooses conceptual writing style which reveal those choices by which the writer may change the conceptual world of the overall character of the work. This might be done by a simple change of words; a syntactical structure, parsing prose, adding diction, and organizing figures of thought into usable frameworks. Certainly, there are similar and analogous questions of style and audience that exist in the choices of expressive possibilities in speech.


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Hey Andy,

I agree that writing is most palatable when the author frames his POV in the positive. Ben Franklin is correcto! = )

One of the best things you can do in your book is to KEEP YOUR OWN VOICE. You are interesting to this reader because you 1. Keep it real. 2. Are transparent. 3. Authentic. 4. Vulneralble. 5. Human-you share with us your struggles and the things you HACVEN'T figured out.

I would say that that is your gift. That you are authentically Andy. Roll with that.

Thank you, to be vulnerable, to be teachable, to have humility, to accept I have not figure it out, to know I am human.

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