Writing nonfiction is, according to most authors, simpler than writing fiction. Nonfiction takes meticulous planning before you even begin writing, but fiction authors frequently utilize a basic structure and then go wherever the tale and characters lead them. Because there are no specific guidelines for how to write nonfiction, anyone can do it. However, it is recommended that you develop your own style and approach, which will help you create original content and avoid being labeled as a copywriter.
You can write about anything that interests you. You may want to focus on one topic or may prefer to take on a variety of subjects. The only requirement is that you remain objective and avoid showing prejudice toward any subject. For example, if you tend to get very emotional about politics, you should probably stay away from writing about it.
Nonfiction books can be divided up into several different categories based on their purposes.
In general, I would argue that nonfiction is easier to write since you don't have to make anything up. There are almost certainly as many authors who are eager to enter into the fictitious realms of their works-in-progress as there are writers who want to write biographies or business books.
The difference between the two types of writing is basically that fiction requires imagination while nonfiction uses actual events as its basis. For example, if I were to write a book about my experiences working at Google, the content of this book would be considered nonfiction because I am not making anything up. However, I would still need to use my imagination in order to give my readers an understanding of what it was like to work at Google. I could talk about the different departments, explain how decisions are made, etc., but ultimately these descriptions would be meaningless unless I could transport them back in time and place to the minds of my audience. Fiction on the other hand allows me to create new characters and scenarios which can be entirely independent of reality. I could make my main character a Googler who works in another department from me for example, or I could even set the whole thing in another country if I wanted to. The only limitation is that I can't make things up - everything in the story has to be based on something real.
Nonfiction short story writing is much the same as fiction short story writing. When we create nonfiction stories, we are writing about true occurrences in a way that reads like a fictional story. Nonfiction literature includes memoirs, opinion or persuasive articles, and even literary critique. In fact, some scholars believe that modern novels evolved from literary criticism.
Nonfiction short stories differ from other forms of nonfiction because they are usually limited to between 1,000 and 5,000 words. While longer works can be considered essays or memoirs, shorter pieces often appear in magazines or newspapers under similar titles such as "short story" or "article." Short stories include everything from newspaper and magazine stories to web posts and tweets that increase our knowledge of history or society without requiring us to read an entire book.
Short stories also differ from poems in that poems are generally written in lines of eight feet (or less) while short stories follow a conventional structure with a beginning, middle, and end. This means that the writer should always be able to explain what happens in the story so readers will want to continue reading past page one.
Nonfiction short stories require research skills equivalent to those needed for longer works. You must find facts about your topic's history that add depth and dimension to your story.
Nonfiction writing, which covers any writing based on true occurrences, comprises a wide range of writing. Literary nonfiction, in this sense, reads like fiction and has story elements such as characters, location, and plot. Personal journals, diaries, memoirs, letters, and essays are forms of literary nonfiction. Political autobiographies, histories, and biographies are also types of literary nonfiction.
All literary nonfiction is based on real events or people. However, some forms of literary nonfiction include make-believe stories (for example, fantasies, myths, legends), pseudepigrapha (writings attributed to others), and hoaxes. Make-believe stories and hoaxes do not represent actual events or people; instead, they are uses of imagination to create new experiences or knowledge. Pseudepigrapha include works written by authors who are not known to have lived but who share their names with other writers who did live. For example, Thomas More wrote a book called Utopia, which was not based on his own experience but on the ideas of various philosophers and scholars he had read about. Biographies and autobiographies are written by individuals who are living or who have recently died. Authors may use other people's words or ideas as source material for their work.
Literary nonfiction is different from historical accounts, research papers, magazine articles, novels, poetry collections, plays, science books, and websites that may also be based on real events or people.
Nonfiction is difficult since it has a lot of difficult vocabulary and a lot of paragraphs that you must travel back and forth to. Fiction has many changes in tone and emotion which make it easier to read.
Nonfiction also requires more attention since there is so much information to process. With fiction, you can focus on the story without worrying about whether or not you understood everything that was said.
Nonfiction also tends to be more academic and detailed. This means that it uses lots of big words that require thinking about their meaning. In fiction, writers often use simple words instead since this makes for more readable stories.
Nonfiction also discusses topics that are important and relevant which fiction usually doesn't have to. For example, science fiction discusses biology while fantasy talks about magic so they can be different genres even though both types of writing are considered fiction.
Finally, nonfiction needs a conclusion. Even if you don't know what topic someone is going over, you can still guess where it's going based on how they end their sentences. With fiction, anything can happen at any time so authors usually try to leave clues as to what will happen next.