Define the Function of Your Non-Fiction Book (or Article)

A Pen In Each Hand

By fmwrites

With fiction, we think of determining the theme, the crisis, the resolution, but the function isn’t really necessary to define. The function of fiction is to entertain and enlighten. With non-fiction, a book needs a factual reason to exist. Try defining function for your non-fiction book idea by answering these questions:

  1. How will my book be used?
  2. Where will it be used?
  3. When, and in what context will it be used?
  4. What problem does my book solve or solution does my book enable?

If you’re stumped by this exercise, well then, you might have an reference article on your hands, instead of a book. That’s okay; we need reference articles too, to teach us and inspire us.

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