The Book In You

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Today I went to one of my old haunts, the NW district, and worked on my book. I really enjoy sitting in a coffee shop and writing. Most people, I believe, have a book in them – they just don’t know how to go about getting it out.

Here’s what I do…

First, put together a simple outline. Just list the topics you want to talk about.

Next, take each outline item and list a few things about that topic. Keep refining and adding sub-items, listing more and more details about each item and sub-item.

That, surprisingly, was the hard part.

Now, for each line of your outline, write a short paragraph or two about it. Just get your thoughts down, don’t try to be eloquent. Do this for one or two outline points a day.

A few weeks or months later, your first draft is done.

Now the fun part (which is where I’m at). Take your first draft and start adding your personality to it. Take it a chapter at a time and polish it. I tend to read a paragraph, polish it, read it again, polish it a little more, read it again… Then I move onto the next paragraph. I do this until I can read the entire chapter without feeling the need to polish it anymore.

Repeat with each chapter.

You’re almost done. Tie in your illustrations and photos, clean up the layout, give it to a few friends for feedback, clean up and you’re good to go.

The key point is, almost everyone visualizes writing the book all at once so they never start it. Don’t do this. Just take it a little, teeny tiny piece at a time. Then it’s a piece of cake.

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4 thoughts on “The Book In You

  1. mmm…this really breaks it down. So an outline is all that is necessary. What about all these accolades for the brainstorm techniques using Tony Buzan method which uses colors, textures etc. : called the mindmap. Any thoughts on this?

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