Mary Keeley Last week I gave you a list of tips for writing a perfect synopsis here. A compelling hook in your book proposal is equally vital because you have one chance to convince an agent or editor to continue reading.
It makes writing easier. When you go to sit down to work, you know exactly what parts of your book need to get done. And remember, just because you have an ordered outline, you are NOT committed to writing it in order. You can start anywhere. It makes reading easier. Books that have a structure are easier for readers to comprehend.
It makes your message memorable. Readers can remember your message when there is a structure attached to it. It makes abstract concepts more memorable, and enables readers to feel they have gained something they can take away from the book, after they have finished it.
It helps ensure you are thorough. It helps limit continuity errors. While thoroughness refers to ensuring that all important thoughts and details are included in your text, continuity refers to ensuring your thoughts and events following a logical sequence.
An outline can help you see the continuity of your book before writing it. It helps ensure your book has symmetry. It helps ensure your book has balance.
A good outline can help you see if some parts of your book are less substantial than others.
A well-balanced book is organised in such a way that the ideas are balanced both in quantity and in quality against each other. It helps keep you focussed. But if the outline is there, you can see how these new ideas fit into your original intention.
It helps to motivate you. This helps keep you motivated as you move closer and closer to your goal of finishing your book.
It helps you develop a regular writing practice. When you are writing a book, you are like a tour guide taking your readers on a journey from point A to point B. Then, I started writing. Because I organised my ideas through a structure, the article seemed to write itself.
I found myself saying the same thing over and over without realising it, and there was no real over-arching point or direction for what I was writing. Amazingly, the 7 Graces and 7 Deadly Sins of marketing almost magically appeared in an instant.
After that, the book took me another year to write, but I knew my direction every step of the way. You might first come up with a single outline structure, and they you find more structures within that structure as you write.
Then, when I looked at them, I saw they could be broken into 14 categories, which helped me organise them even more.
Eventually, I ended up with tips. And the amazing thing is that I wrote this book in less than two months, compared to the two years I took to write my previous books. It all started by creating a structure early in the process, and then allowing the structure to bend and flow.
It kept me extremely motivated, and I wrote just about every day because I was genuinely excited about how I felt when writing.
It makes you love writing. While most people know me as a marketing consulting, helping to clarify structures and brands is another way I help authors, speakers, business owners and social entrepreneurs.
So what do YOU think? Are they liberating, doorways to creativity or just plain restrictive strangle-holds? Please share your own book and outline writing journeys with our Spirit Authors readers by leaving a comment below.
Her eclectic approach to marketing incorporates her vast professional experience in the music industry and the educational sector along with more than two decades of study and practice of the spirituality of India. In her work as a promotional manager she has produced a long list of bestselling mind-body-spirit authors.
She is the founder of Spirit Authorsa site dedicated to providing information on publishing and book promotioin for and about mind-body-spirit authors, both established and aspiring.The book will be attractive on the strength of how that idea is written, and writing is hard. Editors are not interested in ideas for books; they are interested in completed books.
Non-Fiction Book writing tips - modular structures to write non-fiction books, a great format that isn't used enough in self help. Write A Non-Fiction Book By Following The Structure Of Your Topic.
Sometimes, your topic gives you a structure that you can just fill in, starting at the beginning and working through to the end. Hi Mack! Thanks for all of your post about writing. I am on fire to write a self help, how to book about alternative treatments for dealing with Trichotillomania, a hair pulling disorder for which there is no known cure.
Creative writing pieces become more focused and therefore stronger when the author learns to think of the piece as building toward a specific moment in time, as building toward a specific effect or image that the author wants to leave a reader with. In this post, I’m following up on the first entry and giving you the last 10 steps in my step process to writing a book you can be proud of.
This guest post is by Marisa A.
rutadeltambor.comiero is the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency and a senior agent. During the few years prior to starting her own agency, Marisa worked with the L.
Perkins Agency, where she learned invaluable lessons and made a name for herself in the industry.