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Best Non-Fiction Book Writing Tips for 2018

Best Non-Fiction Book Writing Tips For 2018

Writing a non-fiction book can turn you into a thought-leader in your industry. The perfect combination of useful information, easy to read content, and gripping storytelling can set your personal brand on fire.

But how do you achieve that lofty goal?

With today’s post, you’ll walk away with some serious nonfiction book writing help from our top 2018 tips. Get your name out there, give your audience what they want, and create killer content with our business book writing help.

Non-Fiction Book Writing Tips

Tip #1. Get Clear on Your Purpose

Why do you want to write a book, what’s the purpose?

For most business book writers, the goal is to increase their personal brand, to be seen as a thought-leader. And that’s a worthy goal.

But you’d do well to also ask yourself what you’ll bring to the table to help your readers. What knowledge can you share that others don’t have?

Crystalize your purpose on paper if you must, but make sure your vision is non-negotiable even before you begin writing.

Tip #2. Brain Dump Your Ideas

Since you already have your “why” or purpose for writing a book, the next step is to figure out what you’ll write about.

For example, if you’re a personal trainer, you might sit down and write a book about top 10 fat-busting foods, or some other solution to commonly asked questions you receive from clients.

Next, take 10 to 15 minutes and write everything you can think of that would belong in that book. Think of points you want to make, subjects you want to cover, points you want to hit and get it all on to paper.

Your brain dump should be just that, a dumping of ideas. Don’t judge what you wrote or try to edit it. Just let your thoughts spill onto the page and use that as the framework for your business book.

Tip #3. Get Started Writing Your First Draft

Don’t wait to start writing. After you do your brain dump take a small break and then get right back to it.

We, humans, have a tendency to procrastinate on tasks we simply don’t want to do, especially if we think we’re no good at it.

Don’t let fear hold you back from writing your first draft. This is a critical stage in your book. Your first draft is the foundation of your entire book. It allows you to get clear about the most important points you want your readers to take away. And while editing is important in your first draft, don’t make it the most important component. Instead, focus on setting aside time to write. Be consistent, even if you can only squeeze out 15 minutes a day to write. Just write.

Tip #4. Use Credible Sources & Statistics to Back Up Your Points

Remember that you’re writing a non-fiction book. Whenever clients ask us for business book writing help, we always stress credibility.

You cannot be an authority in your niche if you’re using false information to grow your audience. Stick to the facts, use credible resources and powerful statistics to strengthen your arguments.

Tip #5. Infuse Emotional Words Into Your Writing

Even though you’re writing a non-fiction book that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Bad nonfiction tends to be overly focused on cold hard facts.

This might seem contradictory to our previous point, emotional words, or power words, can drive home the facts you present.

Use antidotes, metaphors, and stories to paint a picture in your readers’ minds. Be vivid and use your imagination to help readers connect major points.

Don’t turn your book into a snooze fest. Choose your words wisely to create a more shareable book.

Tip #6. Keep it Simple

How many times have you stopped reading a book because the language was too complex? Don’t let that happen to your readers. Offer value and reduce unnecessary content to create a powerful book they can’t put down.

Tip #7. Suck Your Readers In

Inspire, shock, or upset your readers from the very first sentence and they’ll stick around until the last.

A thought-provoking question or statistic at the beginning of your book will suck readers in. Every sentence you write should make your reader want to read the next. Make that your goal.

Tip #8. Pick Out a Tantalizing Title

The title of your book determines its success. Use keywords that you know your niche is searching for, and get super specific in the words you choose.

For example, instead of writing, “Top Fitness Tips for 2018,” you could write, “Top Fitness Tips for First-Time Gym Goers,” to target your desired audience. Also, remember to input targeted keywords such as I would for this post as non-fiction book-writing help.

And don’t forget to use those power words in your title. Make it irresistible and you’ll have yourself a best-selling book.

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Melissa G Wilson

Melissa has been a leader in the book writing, publishing and marketing arena for the past two decades. To date, she has helped more than 100 thought leaders write, publish and market their books. Her clients include executives such as Dan Weinfurter a seven-time Inc 500 winner and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland Cruise Lines.

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