The Purpose Driven Non-Fiction Book

Non-fiction books have plots. At least, they should have plots. One of the biggest flaws I see in non-fiction books by self-published and new authors is a failure to create a plot in their non-fiction books. What do I mean by a “plot”? I mean a clear purpose, a point. Authors should not just assume that because their book is about a non-fiction topic, be it biology, a city guide, history, or religion or any other non-fiction theme, that readers will understand what their point is. A non-fiction book’s plot is like a road map. It is there to guide readers from one point to the next making it clear where the book is going, and arriving at the logical and informative conclusion.

Non-fiction books are informational, but they are also argumentative. Every non-fiction book has an argument to make, even if it’s as simple as a guidebook of Austin, Texas. The guidebook should be designed to demonstrate what a wonderful place Austin is-the argument is to convince the reader to spend time in Austin, that it is worth spending time there. The directions, the road map, are the points along that argument to build on and get to the next point and ultimately the conclusion so the reader walks away feeling that visiting Austin, Texas was a marvelous and worthwhile experience.

How do you make the main points of your non-fiction book stand out? Think about how you get from one place to another on a road trip-you follow directions. You take Interstate 81 to County Road 578 and then turn at the corner of Main and Washington Streets and go three miles to the stoplight and turn left into the driveway. You do the same thing in writing a non-fiction book. You plot out the organization by figuring out the argument, its points, and how you get from point A to B and then to C.

When writing a non-fiction book, first ask yourself, “What is the argument?” and “What do I want readers to know about this topic and be convinced about when they finish reading it?” Whether you write an introduction and conclusion or just have Chapter One and a final Chapter Ten, you need to make it clear at the start, “Here is where we are, and here is where we’re going,” and then at the end of the book, make it clear, “Here is where we’ve been and here is where we arrived. This is how and why we came here and what it means to us now and in the future.”

For example, in writing about human evolution, the introduction would probably make reference to what was believed in the past about how life developed and reference Darwin’s theories and explain what is generally accepted today about evolution. Then explain what you hope to prove. At the end, sum up your argument by reviewing the points you made to prove your new theory of evolution and why it is in your opinion the right theory.

Now that you’ve established the end points (the introduction and conclusion), plot out the individual rest stops, the individual chapters. That’s where the plot thickens. A good non-fiction book is like a mystery novel, keeping the reader on the edge of his seat, craving more information, wanting to put all the pieces together. This requires a logical organization of the book’s chapters so they act as signposts to the reader along his journey.

In determining chapter order, we need to be logical. For example, if your road map wanted to show how to go from San Francisco to Seattle, it wouldn’t make sense to discuss places in Oregon after you discuss places in Washington since you have to pass through Oregon to reach Washington State. Similarly, if you want to explain how DNA can be used to trace someone’s ancestry, first you need a chapter explaining what DNA is, and then how scientists study it before we can apply it to understanding human ancestry.

On an individual level, each chapter of a book can be viewed as a different overnight stop on your journey. At the beginning of the chapter, you need to point out where the reader will travel that day, and at the chapter’s end, review where he has been and give a hint of where the next chapter will go. Each chapter should be the natural progression of the previous chapter.

Yes, this whole process is basically about organizing your non-fiction book, but don’t forget the plot, the element of surprise, the mystery. If you have something important to say, make it clear as you progress through the book why what you have to say not only is important but amazing, insightful, new, and profound, and in each chapter, leave the reader wanting more and compelled to read on.

Think about the programs that grip people’s interest on TV-those amazing discovery stories, the shows that piece together evidence to unearth the lost Ark of the Covenant, solve the mystery of Bigfoot, or find the lost continent of Atlantis. Those programs when done well are intriguing; they keep us glued to the television screen. A book can absolutely do the same by making each element of your research like a clue to the unraveling of the mystery, the conclusions you wish to make.

Whatever your non-fiction topic, make it intriguing to the reader. You can organize it so each chapter naturally progresses to the next, just as one clue leads to another until the mystery is solved, the secret revealed, the new information that can change the world shared. It may require rearranging chapters; it may be just adding a sentence or two at the beginning, middle, or end of chapters to keep readers reeled in with promises of the next amazing piece of information.

People read fiction to be entertained. People read non-fiction for information, but if you make the information entertaining, readers are more likely to enjoy the book, finish the book, remember the information, apply it, and come back for more. A good plot makes a good book. A good plot in a non-fiction book can make it more compelling than fiction.

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Fiction Books – Stories With Suspense and Thrill

You can find a variety of amazing fiction books in the markets these days. From kids to youngsters to adults, these books are liked by everyone. The popular science fiction books include “Invisible Man,” “Time Machine” etc. These stories are unpredictable. They have suspense, thrill and fantasy.

Fiction can be defined as imagination in the form of a short story. It is imaginary and shows the hidden desires of people. These stories can be based on real life incidents or the experiences of other individuals. Sometimes they have social messages through which people learn something. The popular fiction stories include stories with a thriller element, romantic story, stories about family relationships, etc. In fiction stories, you will get to read imaginary tales, situations or places. Fiction is not limited to novels, comic books or movies only.

Romantic fiction novels can have a tragic end with a bit of action. Popular fiction like romance and science fiction stories are scary stories. We always want to know what is going to happen next. We feel as if we are in a different world and experiencing the situation of the story.

The fiction story titled “The Double Bind” is a story by Chris Bohjalian. It tells you the story of a young woman, Laurel Estabrook who is attracted with the pictures taken by one of her clients. The pictures have links to Laurel’s own past. The fictional photographs in the book tell Laurel as much about herself as they do about the photographer. The author takes you through a haunting journey of a woman. This thriller story has two main characters, Laurel and Talia. Every character in this story is truly terrific. Once you complete the story, you might feel to go to the pages of the book once more and start reading the whole book again. The twist in the end compels you to go back and read the story again and again. The book is beautifully written and is a must read for fiction lovers.

Another fiction story is “Beneath a Marble Sky,” which has been written by John Shors. This is a imaginary story of Taj Mahal that brings life to a story of love, war and beauty. This fascinating fiction is a quick page turner and has a passionate story. After reading the story, you will start taking interest in the history of India. The story grabs the reader with its thrilling plot. This historical fiction is a flashback by Jahanara, the favorite daughter of the Mughal leader Shah Jahan. The story is well written and worth reading. You would enjoy India of the seventeenth century.

The fiction story “Burning Bright” by Tracy Chevalier is another historical novel. This story takes us to the history of 18th-century London. The story is about William Blake and the relationship between young Jem and his neighbor Maggie. You would enjoy the role of characters Maggie, Jem and Mr. Blake. The plot is interesting and well laid out. The characters in the story are brilliantly crafted and you would get connected with them. The realistic and entertaining story is worth reading by everyone.

The “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon will appeal ever book lover. The cleverly written novel attracts readers with its sweet story. The story begins with Christopher finding a dead dog on his neighbor’s lawn. The novel is written as if the author was writing a class assignment. He tries to find out who killed the dog, which is a mystery worth solving. He makes some brave decisions and the joy of his achievements is devastating.

This story will make you see the world through different eyes. The novel entertains you a lot. It will engage you in the story. The writer fulfills the most important requirements of fiction. The story is entertaining and gives you some sound knowledge. This unique and compelling story would surely fascinate you.

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