At some time or another, most of us have thought about writing a a course in miracles. But we usually don’t do anything about it. Usually because we are not sure just how to write thousands of words about one subject. We doubt our own expertise.
Many readers of nonfiction have read at least one book by Dale Carnegie. I have 3 of his classics in my library and over the years, I’ve read each one several times. One statement he makes very clear for speakers, can be adopted also by writers: ‘Speak about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or study.’
The short answer is to write about something you know or have experienced. What credibility could a travel writer have if they were not a seasoned traveller?
People write nonfiction books about all sorts of things ranging from, a hobby, their pet, their career, or the history of their local church. Others write historical volumes, cookbooks, gardening guides, autobiographies, biographies and thousand page chronicles covering the comings and goings of generations.
To enhance your knowledge, reflect on some of your life experiences, you are sure to find some stories worthy of a cut and polish. Next think about who would read your stories and how you can shape each one to align with the theme of your book.
Nonfiction books, especially those with ‘How to’ featured on the cover title are strong in demand. People are searching for knowledge and ways to learn new skills quickly so they can keep ahead of the demands of a changing world.
Write your book by sharing what you know and explain how you learned it. Provide real-life stories that illustrate the subject in practical outworking examples.
Your authentic and unique stories will provide more than just plain theory. People love stories, especially when they relate to the interests of the reader. Aim to make your book entertain as well as inform. Attention to this alone could make the difference between your readers browsing your book or reading it intently from cover to cover.