Writing Nonfiction- a Niche Area of Expertise
Have you developed a niche area of expertise? It could be through your day-to-day work or it might have grown from a hobby.
Do you have specialized knowledge in a particular field?
Is your way of doing things better than the norm?
Would someone be able to do a task better and more efficiently by using your method?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should consider writing nonfiction, a prescriptive nonfiction book, to share your knowledge with others.
Definition: A prescriptive nonfiction is a how-to book, which gives someone direction or information on a subject. It does not tell a story.
If you’re writing a prescriptive nonfiction book, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Make sure to define all the industry terms. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that people will be impressed with your liberal sprinkling of hard-to-understand technical words throughout the manuscript. Clearly defining all industry jargon will allow even novice readers to understand your book. Keep it simple, so that anyone can understand!
Start with an outline. Bullet-point the important topics, which will form your table of contents.
Next, take each chapter and expand on them. Don’t write out the entire chapter now, but rather, express your thoughts in a few paragraphs of prose or further bullet-point the subheadings.
People want to hear your stories and anecdotes that complement the text, so go ahead and add a few lines into your detailed outline. You can abbreviate them, making quick notes so that you know what you’re referring to later.
Add in a few practical exercises for your readers. It’s a good idea to get people out of the mode of just reading and into action. Make sure the assignments are easy to follow and accomplish. The last thing you want to do is frustrate your reader.
When you have your detailed outline worked out, start in with one chapter. You don’t need to start at the beginning, with the first chapter. You’ll gain confidence in your book if you start with your favorite topic.
Continue to write each chapter. Remember, don’t edit as you write. Just let the words flow onto the pages.
As you progress through your first draft, you will most likely think of other things to add to your book. Simply add them into the detailed outline, adding text to existing chapters as you progress.
If you are self-publishing, your prescriptive nonfiction book can really be any length, but you’ll want to make sure you have covered your topic thoroughly. When you’re done, I highly recommend that you hire an editor to polish your manuscript and fix any typos.
Share your knowledge in your niche area of expertise with others. You’ll feel great when people write in to thank you! And if you need some help writing your book, please contact me for a consultation.
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