I’ve received some questions about nonfiction. Many of my writing students are self publishing nonfiction books. They do well once they understand how nonfiction works.
They start out wanting to cover everything about their topic.
Of course they get stuck. Such a book is impossible to write, and no one would want it anyway. Readers want a book which fixes a problem. So, when you’re writing nonfiction, you always have a point of view: a slant. Think of it as the promise you’re making to the reader.
Ask yourself: “what’s your point?” before you start writing. If you don’t have a point, your book will meander, and it won’t be satisfying to the reader.