TOP 7 Writing Tips for Nonfiction Writers
If you're thinking about giving it a go as a nonfiction writer, there are 7 nonfiction writing tips you should know about right upfront. Nonfiction consists of self-help, technical writing, historical fiction, memoir, etc. These tips will definitely save you a ton of time, energy, and headaches over nonfiction writers who choose to "wing it" and not get all their 7 nonfiction writing tips facts straight.
Tip #1: Do You Have a Story?
This tip is important because if you don’t have a story to write about then you can stop right now. Not kidding either. How do you find your story? You can listen to podcasts, read headlines, do some “news-jacking”, or read some of your favorite blogs to help find what to write about.
For my nonfiction book Out of Darkness I found this story as I was writing my memoir Pinpoints of Light: Escaping the Abyss of Abuse. It was the first half of my Pinpoints of Light book and I discovered that this really needed to go into a different book.
Tip #2: Why?
Finding your why is critical to your success because, without a reason, your story will fall flat. It will become a running list of facts. It is the foundation of the book and without it, there is no direction. Here’s how you find your why:
Search for answers
Can it help anyone else?
Will it help you, your mindset, your business?
Is the story is so powerful it must be told to save the life of another?
This is most helpful to find this out at the beginning so that you don’t waste your time.
Tip #3: Readership: Who cares about this story?
This tip will help you because you are talking about your readership. Readership is a huge transactional relationship. Meaning that readers are exchanging their precious time to engage in the words that you have written. The readership is reading because they find a connection with you, with your words, or that the story is impacting change in their lives that is influencing generations.
It's critical to remember your readership when developing nonfiction information. If you are in education and you are writing about the latest research about a surgical procedure, it must be clear in order for the reader to apply the technique and save a patient’s life. No pressure!
Tip #4: Research, Research, Research!
You need to know this tip because if you can’t back up the facts or vet the information, is it truly nonfiction? Use your resources, internet, librarians, and dig to find what you can about all that you can. Research can even come from interviewing people who have had years of experience in the field. Their information is vital to help form facts and strengthens perspectives. Backing up what you say is a crucial part of vetting, especially in these times.