In this changing world, the needs for the books in the how-to genre are also changing. There is a need to use great writing skills and telling an engaging story so that the how-to books can offer value. Writing books is not an easy task.
Following are some of the ways to write better how-to books
- Simplify your writing process
A how-to book is not a literary novel. Still, you must remember that the best way to deliver information is by telling a story rather than doing a data dump. You are telling a story of how to whatever subject you are writing on. This can enhance the lives of the readers in one or the other way. Transforming a how-to into a story is one way to capture the attention of readers. Offer your opinion as a high-level solution to the problem at the beginning of every chapter. By this, the readers will begin to engross in the book from the very start. Once the issue that been set up and your point of view is clear, the other pages are offering details. it is better to start the book with big picture and then offer the details. The repeated structure of the book may feel repetitive and boring in a how-to for each chapter.
- Don’t try to teach every single thing you know
If you are writing a how-to book related to a topic, the reader would feel that you have enough knowledge about that particular topic. Even in the book length, you might not be able to convey the everything you know. If you being to write every nuance, example, and explanation, it will become much of an encyclopedia rather than an accessible and marketable how-to. The readers today don’t look for encyclopedias, instead they need resources and inspiration.
- Modernize for today’s audience
Bibliography was known to include almost all the references to the books and articles. Today, you can offer a vivid set of resources that include the recommendations for the blogs, vlogs and online videos filmed by others and by you. TED talk references, social media sources and eBook links can be offered by you. Think beyond books and articles while sharing examples, it will make your book interactive.
- Keep your audience front of mind
Many devices are available today that help to flip the screen; in one you can see your own image and on the other you can see the audience. Thus, same is the case with the how-to book. The book should be only focused upon the author. Instead, there is a need to think about the impact of the information, inspiration and writing voice will have on the readers reading it. By keeping your reader front of mind will help you to determine the musts, might etc. this will help you to find out the tone, style and level of detail that you must include. A great how-to book is a conversation between a reader who wants or needs some kind of information or inspiration and the writer who has something to share. By using the simple structure, modernizing resources and keeping your writing conversational and the needs, wants and especially the interests of the readers, your how-to can become an invaluable and highly buyable resource.
How-to books must be of the interest of the people to make the books worth reading.