Yes, I know. Everyone on the blogosphere seems to have something to say about it. All the articles you click on now almost always have a storied way of telling you basic information. Writing advice blogs mention the word here or there. I am all of the above. Your experiences are enough to figure out this whole writing-about-real-experiences thing.
It turns out, there are many ways to present real facts and events besides boring reports and charts. In fact, the best journalists and writers are often the ones who can present accurate information while also telling a riveting story. This is what your favorite memoirists, travel writers, and journalists do every day, and you can, too. Creative nonfiction is a genre of writing that uses elements of creative writing to present a factual, true story. Literary techniques that are usually reserved for writing fiction can be used in creative nonfiction, such as dialogue, scene-setting, and narrative arcs. In other words, even if just a few details from one scene are imagined, the story could not be considered creative nonfiction. The primary difference between nonfiction and creative nonfiction is that regular nonfiction informs or instructs by sticking to the facts.
Every story that you read follows a series of events that range from the introduction of a conflict to begin the story and a final resolution at the end; this is the plot of your story. Some outlines will break down a plot into more segments exposition, inciting incident, central conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution but the premise is the same - a pattern of rising and falling action that looks essentially like an arc or a bell curve when you consider the level of drama the characters experience. To properly summarize a plot, start by figuring out the main problem that the story will solve. This could come from understanding the main characters, who are crucial components of the plot.
John Smith sits at his computer, wondering what people think of his book. It had been published for 3 days, but not a single review had come in. Each night had been sleepless.