Who’s the Hero of Your Book?
Every book, even non-fiction ones, has a hero. Yet, most non-fiction writers are not taught to consider this. The hero of your book is a catalyst for change.
When you determine the hero of your book, you’ll be able to more clearly communicate the message of your book in a voice or writing style that resonates with your ideal readers.
There are three common heroes in most non-fiction books:
- If you are writing a memoir or autobiography, you are sharing your journey, complete with your triumphs and tribulations. You’ll use first person and include your personal stories, observations, and pathway to change.
- Other people. For books where you interview experts, the experts are the heroes. Your role is that of a reporter so your writing voice is most like that of a storyteller . The use of the word ‘I’ will be limited as you are not focusing on your life story, but on the information you discovered from others.
- God/The Divine. If your book is a spiritual or religious book, God is the hero, the catalyst for change. While God doesn’t go through trials and tribulations, people who believe in God or things of the Spirit, do face many challenges. Your author’s voice can be personal if sharing your own faith journey, or like a reporter as you share the spiritual struggles of others.
And yet….there is one overlooked hero in non-fiction writing….your readers!
If you are hoping that your book will inspire some type of change in your reader, such as an improvement in their relationships, health, prosperity, or skill set, you are inviting them to take a transformational journey with you as they read.
To make your book speak directly to the hearts and minds of your readers, provide tips, information about potential pitfalls, and encouragement to inspire them as they become the heroes of their own lives by implementing the ideas you propose. Take the stance of a wise mentor and help them with the doubts, fears, and challenges of changing their lives with the information in your book.
When you do this, your readers will see themselves as capable and full of potential. They will believe you are on their side and feel your support. When you help your readers feel valued, supported, and encouraged, you will create waves of positive good will that will engender positive book reviews and word of mouth recommendations. That’s heroic!