10 Non-Fiction Book Ideas You Would Like To Write.
I'm pulling a prompt from the automated list and this one looked like fun. Let's talk about non-fiction books I'd like to write.
1. The Home Doughnut Chef's Bible
You CAN make doughnuts at home.
You DO NOT bake doughnuts. That's not a doughnut. That's either cake or bread, depending on the type of raw materials you're starting with.
I can teach you how to make professional quality doughnuts using easily obtained ingredients and simple household kitchen utensils.
(Spoiler: you cannot make authentic cake doughnuts like chocolate cake or blueberry cake at home without special equipment.)
2. Mocktails That Tickle Your Brain (and that don't suck)
If you've ever done a Dry January or maybe you don't drink at all (but this is more for people who enjoy drinking, but want to stop or do it less) you want to enjoy a beverage with friends or at a party without having to risk a DUI or damage your health with alcohol.
But, what about that good feeling you get when you drink? Is it all due to the alcohol or does your brain have the ability to compensate in a sober state using its own chemistry?
I did some experiments using mocktails and alcohol substitutes and the results are surprising! (Totally unscientific, but we can dig into any and all research behind the phenomenon and see if certain types of fake booze or even social scenarios have an impact).
3. Game Prototyping: A Beginner's Guide
Prototyping anything is an extremely valuable skill to have in life. Can you slap together a quick working mockup using whatever's at hand?
You need to convey intent, show how the system works to a potential customer, and then be able to gather observational feedback based on how it performs in your simple test.
Game design is no different. You have to be able to come up with concepts quickly, and cheaply, that you can vet for clarity and fun factor and move on from the ones that don't work.
You can do this with about a handful of household items and game pieces.
4. Deliberate: The Pursuit of Precision in Everyday Actions
The concept of "moving with intention" is a big deal to me as I get older.
It's about avoiding the unnecessary mistakes that arise when we act sloppy, lack attention, and do things half-heartedly.
Deliberate attention requires practice. There are a lot of different disciplines out there like Japanese tea ceremonies, marital arts performances, and theater acts that require perfect attention from their participants.
How can we harness some of these techniques to make our lives more precise and intentional?
If nothing else, maybe we spill our coffee fewer times throughout our lives!
5. Tree Forts the Old Fashioned Way
My stories include: chopping down a tree with a pocket knife at the age of 12; building a thatch-roof lean-to tree fort from an old downed oak; scavenging resources to produce "hand-made" furniture!
6. Cable Management for the Win
"Neat cables are happy cables."
You need this book. I know you do. Your electronics are a mess. Wires everywhere. Crossed, confused, kinked, and crimped.
Outlets overloaded, overheated while delicate units sit unprotected from power surges.
Tackle this mess with a few easy steps and tools and never dread having to move your TV or computer again.
7. Reflections on Adolescent Confidence
Nobody knows the rules when they're growing up.
I would write a series of letters to my younger self about my lapses in confidence, my struggles with emotional clarity, and my ability to read people and situations better.
Heartbreaks and breaking hearts, bullying and being bullied, fighting "the system" and finding allies in the war against conformity, taking setbacks with grace, finding the discipline to prevail regardless of the circumstances.
8. Basics and Benefits of Starting a Business
People think "business" and automatically think "CEO" or "Boss of 100 people".
Not even close. "Business" can mean you and you alone. It might mean you and your spouse or it could be you and 100 people if you want it to be.
It's the codification of your organization as a legitimate enterprise providing a good or service. That's it. That's a business.
But, people get scared about all the "steps" and "red tape" and then don't do it.
I can demystify that process for you (I am not a lawyer or accountant, but I have experience starting and maintaining businesses and doing all the "stuff" you have to do - it's less than you think, and hiring good people to help you is a must).
9. Masters of Worldbuilding: Architects of Our Fantasies
Shigeru Miyamoto. George RR Martin. HP Lovecraft. Mike Pondsmith. George Lucas. JK Rowling. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Tina Fey. Lorne Michaels. Mary Shelley.
Let's look at the techniques, philosophies, and struggles of the masters of worldbuilding so we can use their ideas and experience to power our own worldbuilding efforts.
10. Dirty Curves: A Whiffleball Pitcher's Handbook
Did you know the creator of Whiffleball wanted to make a ball that would curve easily for his young son who wasn't strong enough to throw a curve with a standard hardball? What a cool dad!
You can put deadly amounts of break on a whiffleball - causing it to do things a regular baseball could never do. The world needs a book that teaches them how to throw these hilariously acrobatic pitches.
Your summer family cook outs will never be the same with you on the mound.