What non-fiction can do

Its influence and impact on readers are reflected in the form of improving lifestyle, bringing about innovations and promoting better health

October 09, 2022 04:30 am | Updated October 13, 2022 12:40 am IST

Reading a wide variety of books nurtures problem-solving skills.

Reading a wide variety of books nurtures problem-solving skills. | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Non-fiction is not an enigmatic genre as thought by many. It covers almost all the things around the world and successfully represents the whole world in itself. It enables us to think out of the box, break stereotypes and come up with our own ideas.

A genre that is synonymous with facts and figures and is based on true information. It encompasses within itself the strength and courage to bring about a metamorphosis in human lives. Non-fiction’s impact on readers is vast and holds vistas unlimited.

Writers of non-fiction possess a unique quality and style of writing. Their influence and impact on the readers are reflected in the form of improving lifestyle, bringing about innovations and promoting better health.

Non-fiction, be it expository, narrative, persuasive or descriptive, aids readers of all kinds — from entrepreneurs to home-makers, from students to senior citizens. An easily approachable genre, non-fiction is suited to a range of purposes and topics, including journalism, self-help and instruction, how-to, history, philosophy, religion and spirituality, science, politics and social science, essays, travel guides, business and economics, health and wellness, crafts and hobbies, writing for children, textbooks, educational guides, parenting and family, humour, language books, memoirs, autobiographies and biographies, travel literature, food writing and cultural criticism. To recall the words of Joan Didion: “Writing nonfiction is more like sculpture, a matter of shaping the research into the finished thing.”

Non-fiction presents a picture of the world through the writer’s eye of those from various fields, including photographers, travellers, beauticians and automobile engineers. It is popular because it can address the problems humans face in day-to-day life. This is the outstanding feature of the genre.

Non-fiction can bring changes in the attitude of readers and guides them towards simple living and high thinking. Attitude is all that matters to carry oneself through tough situations. The books in this genre inspire, motivate and help us focus on practical skills.

Readers of the genre are highly capable of making their dreams come true with self-help books prescribing procedures to process passion into profession. Step-by-step progress inspires the readers to take calculated action to conquer their dreams.

Non-fiction educates readers to differentiate between myth and fact. This nurtures problem-solving skills. There is a tremendous surge in the knowledge of the reader with the growth of intellect and integrity through valuable life lessons. There is also an ample supply of biographies and autobiographies of great men and women whose lives are worthy of emulation.

Books are always good friends and allocating time to read and enjoy them is a sure way of being engaged. Non-fiction provides mentor-like support unconditionally.

Non-fiction familiarises readers with unique as well as regular aspects of human lives and propels them to grow as a socially responsible citizens. This genre holds the power to mould readers towards the right path and makes them focus on a cause that is dear to them.

Reading this genre inculcates the skills to carry out research and trains readers to make conscious decisions. This in turn leads to success in their endeavours.

Non-fiction thus enables readers to have an accomplished life and the love for non-fiction grows with the subject that the reader is passionate about.


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