“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go” ~ E. L. Doctorow ~
Many avid writers who feel passionate about a specific story or topic can’t wait to put words on paper to tell the world about it. Same is the case when writing a non-fiction book. But since writing a non-fiction book is quite different as compared to writing novels and stories, novice writers often tend to make mistakes. That’s why in today’s article, we will share a few tips on how to prepare and write a fantastically successful non-fiction book.
The Topic – Decide What You Will Write This may sound a bit cliché, but choosing the topic is the most important aspect of writing a non-fiction book. This is mainly because if you just start off writing a non-fiction book without any focus on a specific topic, you could end up with just about anything. Your dialogue may become repetitive or you might even end up with a whole different book than what you intended. Therefore, choose a topic you are interested in writing, and one that is also relevant to your target audience. This way, you will be able to provide focus for your book while maintaining the interest of your readers at the same time.
Ensure There Is a Market for Your Book When choosing the topic or genre, ensure that there is a market for your book. This is mainly because a book without a reader is a lonely, pitiful object without value or purpose. By determining your market beforehand and writing to meet the market’s needs, you will ensure an audience of readers before you even start writing.
A Content Plan – Create the Chapters As mentioned earlier, writing a non-fiction book is different than writing storybooks and novels. When writing a non-fiction book, you can’t come up with chapters while writing the content. In fact, you need to create a content plan and make the chapters beforehand. Once you’ve written out all of the chapters, write a paragraph or two below each chapter that elaborates on the key points. The process is similar to creating an outline or a table of contents for your book; making it easier to discuss different topics and organize them accordingly. Ultimately, this will help you focus on your main topics/subjects and keep you from discussing other matters that don’t pertain to your book.
Research – The Key to Success There is no harm in writing a book “off the top of your head” if you’re an expert on the subject matter. But often, doing so can lead to writer’s block and therefore slow down the writing process. The process will flow a lot smoother if you research your topic and include all important ideas and points in the table of contents you have created. Then, simply use your researched facts as plug-ins to compliment the areas of expertise that you’ve written about.
Last, but not the least, hire a professional editor to avoid any delays when releasing and marketing your book. By following these tips, you will successfully be able to prepare and write a non-fiction book.
Tanisha Williams is the author of two non-profit e-books “501c3 In 12-Steps” and “Simple Internal Controls That Protect Your Assets”. Her desire for more interaction with readers was the key inspiration behind the development of her latest business venture ChatEbooks ( https://www.chatebooks.com/ ). ChatEbooks, launched in October 2014, harnesses the strengths of social media in order to help authors and their readers engage and connect within the context of the selling/reading experience.