Writing fiction is a lot easier than nonfiction, while ideas for fiction can flow through imagination, nonfiction which includes memoirs, biographies, self-help books, research articles, etc, requires a wealth of knowledge; it requires research and more commitment. Writing a book has been the dream of many but the big question has been, ‘How do I begin?’ Apart from inconsistency and the likes, the factor that limits most intending authors is the inability to put down an organized structure for the book.
Therefore, in this article, I will give you five tips for writing nonfiction.
1. Recognize the problem you intend to solve with your book: This is definitely the first on the list. Your book must be a solution to a problem if you desire to not only get people to read it but also to make them see it as a valuable asset to possess. You must state clearly the pain point you want the information in your book to deal with. This helps to avoid diving into another topic entirely.
2. Identity your target audience: Do you want to write to teenagers? Public speakers? Entrepreneurs? Business managers? Writing to a particular group of people makes your book more attractive and professional. The message is clearer when it’s directed to a particular set of people. This makes your audience believe you have their interest at heart, and so they will give you their maximum cooperation.
3. Construct an organized outline: The next on the list is constructing a detailed outline or table of contents. If done properly, an outline will guide you throughout your writing. Start by writing the topics and the subsequent subtopics. Neglect the urge to arrange them properly at the outset, just focus on writing them down as they come. Once you have done this, turn them into chapters and ensure you do it strategically and in chronological order. It’s always advisable to place topics that are inter-related together so that the end of the previous will briefly introduce the next. This technique will definitely get your readers glued.
4. Research, research, and research: The lifeblood of nonfiction is research. Visit the library, use the internet to your advantage, ask questions and make use of questionnaires if necessary. These are basic ways to get information that you need to get your book completed and, of course, your personal experience and knowledge inclusive.
5. Make a schedule, get an accountability partner, and avoid editing while writing: Stay true to your schedule while you pick a partner that will ensure that you do. You can decide to write 100 -500 words per day depending on your writing strength and by all means, avoid going overboard. Editing while writing breeds the spirit of perfectionism. It must be avoided if you must accomplish your writing goal at the scheduled time because it slows your writing speed, and sometimes, it causes writer’s block.
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