How to Write a Horrible Non-Fiction Book

No one wants to hear about the discipline required to research, write, rewrite, edit, do more research and write some more until you finish the book.

So instead of offering tips on how to write a (great) book, I have collected four book writing options that are much easier than any tips I would offer and that I have seen promoted by well-meaning (I hope) non-writing professionals-especially marketers.

Like all great lies, there is a grain of truth in each of them. But only a grain.

Here we go.

Option #1. Find a bestselling book and change all the names mentioned in the book so you can publish it as your own.

If it worked for them shouldn’t it work for you? Don’t worry about the copyright infringement and the lawsuits that could follow.

There is no such thing as bad publicity. So when word gets out that you’ve plagiarized your entire book, copies will fly off the shelves as readers pick it up to find out just how bad the plagiarism really is.

Option #2: Open a new document in Microsoft Word, write whatever comes to your mind, and then publish it.

There are so many free and easily accessible self-publishing options available online that there is no need to delay the process.

Editing is only for school papers, when you are ready to write a book all you need to do is let it flow and follow your instincts. Besides, Microsoft Word has a spell check and grammar check tool that will

Option #3: Audio record the message you want to share in your book, transcribe it, and then publish it.

This is a remix of option #2 for those who don’t want to write.

This is also a great option for podcasters, talk show hosts and other public speakers.

Option #4: Put all of your notes, diary entries, blog posts or other written messages together and publish them as a collection. 

Keeping them in their original form will help you keep your message “authentic.”

Final Thoughts-All Jokes Aside

In the technical sense of the word, each of the above options will produce a non-fiction bookBut if you want to produce a book that makes a positive lasting impact on your reader’s lives, then you will need to add more steps to the book publishing tips above.

Yes, you can look at bestselling titles for inspiration for your book, but do not copy them. “Organize Your Non-Fiction Book Ideas in 3 Steps” demonstrates how to use this strategy without committing copyright infringement.

Yes, you can simply open a new document and begin writing or compile all your notes to create a book , but these are only strategies for writing a rough draft. “What to Expect from the Editing Process” explains how to partner with professionals to polish your book.

Yes, you can dictate your book and transcribe it to write your book, but this is only a strategy for writing a rough draft. “How to Use VoiceBase to Dictate Your Book” offers a step-by-step explanation for speaking your first draft into existence before you begin the editing process.

Question: What is the worst book you have ever read, and what made it so horrible?

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Danielle Fetherson

Danielle helps aspiring authors become published authors. She believes that everyone has at least one book on the inside of them that can make a positive impact on someone else's life. If you have been thinking about writing a book, learn how to start your book today with the free resources at


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