Memory: Non-fiction



Non-fiction is a type of writing which is informational and factual. Although a composition is assumed to be accurate, it can also be false; it is to say, at the time the author wrote about a subject it was thought to be correct and truthful. For example, the Bible, and other religious or mythological works are considered Non-fiction because some people believe them to be fact. Journalism is Non-fiction, even if the story that was reported is later disproven. Provided that the author of the work is writing material that they believe to be factual, or not fictitious, the work qualifies.1.

There are many types of non-fiction books. Many are books in which were written to educate and inform a certain audience on a subject.

Types of Non-fiction Books

  • Self-help
  • How-to
  • Memoir
  • Biography
  • Informational
  • Speeches
  • Works of science
  • Reference
  • Academic
  • Cookbook
  • Travel articles
  • Business Writing (reports, newsletters, correspondence, news releases, bulletins, etc.)
  • Sports Writing
  • Criticism
  • Magazine Writing
  • Interviews

If gone unnoticed, all of these books are filled with educational and informative information. The purposes of these books are to help its readers learn how to fix, build or improve oneself or something. While some of these books provide its audience with information on people, places, and things. These book help us understand certain subjects and help educate.

Examples of Non-fiction


Common Features found in Non-fiction

Have you ever written a personal journal or diary? The answer is probably a humiliating yes, especially when that diary held your private nine-year-old thoughts. In fact, that was probably your first non-fiction book. Most beginning writers, find that writing nonfiction is more comfortable because one can write about something they already know, such as the life of a loved one or oneself. One can even write about something he or she is familiar with. R.L. Coeffield agrees that "It's easier, more enjoyable and ultimately more rewarding to write about what one knows and is familiar with"2. so grab a piece of paper and start brainstorming.

How to Write Non-fiction

It is obvious that one must first choose a topic in which to write about, but what exactly should that topic be? Below are some helpful suggestions on how to uncover some potential subjects.

Discovering Topics

  • Passion

First, ask yourself, "what is my passion?" By asking this question you will uncover what your interests are and your work will be filled with soul and heart.

  • knowledge

Find a topic that compels you, that makes you crave more information. One might uncover these topics by reading newspapers and magazine articles. News and talk shows can also provide some intriguing topics.

  • Sales

Find a topic that sells! What are people talking about these days? What types of things are thriving in sales? By finding out this information, your book will be financially rewarding.

Once ready to begin writing, one will notice it will be easier to research and write about a topic you have chosen. The difficult part will be editing the piece. So much hard work and dedication has been poured onto paper that cutting out words and clauses may be heartbreaking. Look pass the pain and remember that editing is a crucial part of the writing process.


The writing piece will dramatically improve once unnecessary adverbs and embellishments are edited out. It is important to keep the paper to the point and with only essential information. Make sure not to utilize slang, unless providing examples or support. Editing will perfect the writing piece and prepare it for publishing.

Do Not Worry

Try not to stress f you do not have a publisher. If you are a committed writer you will find a publisher no matter what. It took so much effort for your thoughts and ideas to come to life, do not give up. Many non-fiction writers find a publisher before they begin their work in order to not waste their time, they are not committed. A loyal writer will express their thought and feelings and fight for their spot in a bookstore shelf.

There are many online sites that facilitate the process of publishing, Lulu can help a writer self publish.

Writing tips from an expert can be found at Expert Village

Fiction vs. Non-fiction: Differences


A slide show presentation on the differences of Fiction and Non-fiction can be viewed Here

"this is nonfiction, it's as real as it gets. oh we'll have to learn to understand we are not invincible"


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