This word 'expert' comes up a lot when working with memoir or non-fiction books.
It comes from the question - am I actually qualified to tell people how to do this? It could be how to make money, control diabetes, train a dog, lose weight, make money, cope with grief. But am I qualified?
Good question. Do you actually have to be an expert to write a book?
You don’t have to be a professional, but you DO have to have YOUR area of expertise. But this can be as small or big as you make it.
I like to categorise non-fiction writers into three types of experts:
Why is it important to know what kind of expert you are?
If you are a lived expert you cannot offer solutions… only YOUR solution.
If you are a research expert you cannot offer solutions, only share what other found as a solution.
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