ABC – Day 12 – Fiction to non-fiction

Fiction to non fiction...

Fiction to non fiction…

If your book is fiction, how could you change it to make it a nonfiction book? If your book is nonfiction, what could you do to turn it into a story?

When I first read this prompt, I thought it would be challenging, but then I realised, most of the chapter books I write are what you’d call Issues Books. Each deals with an issue that kids face, so turning them into non fiction wouldn’t be as hard as I thought.

Swallow Me, NOW!, my first book, has a theme about bullying. To turn this into a nonfiction book, I could write about bullying in primary school, the different types, and how children, teachers and families can deal with it.

Another take on Swallow Me, NOW! would be writing about life as a missionary kid. Sam, in the story, has just spent three years in Nepal, which I did as a child. She finds it hard to adjust to life back in Australia. Based on my experiences and speaking to other missionary kids, that aspect of the story could also be a non fiction book.

There is one I’m currently working on, the working title is Cubing for CFS, that one could be a non fiction book about chronic fatigue as well as a book about the history of the Rubik’s Cube, or even how to solve one. I have a 13 year old who is really good who could help me with the cubing book, he is very fast (even though he insists he’s slow!).

I also write a lot of fractured fairy tales. These could be a non fiction account of the evolution of those fairy tales throughout history.

This was a fun exercise. Any of you authors out there write fiction, this is a fun exercise to do.


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  1. My books are about dogs that have some pretty zany adventures. If I turned them into non-fiction books there would be a heavy focus on animal welfare.

  2. These would make very interesting nonfiction books, Melissa.

  3. I loved this post, Melissa! Exactly what I imagined when I wrote the prompt…


    • Thanks Laura. Because of this prompt I’ve been looking at some of my other WIP and getting ideas for more books!! Too many ideas, too little time 🙂

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