Sunday, April 27, 2008

How to Plan On Finishing Your Book by Melinda Copp

Do you want to write a book detailing all your business knowledge and your experiences in the business world? Writing a book is a great way to increase your sales, broaden your customer base, brand your business, and establish expertise. But if you've never written anything longer than an e-mail or letter, the thought of writing an entire book can seem complicated and confusing.

For all inexperienced writers, figuring out how to organize your book and how to get your thoughts and experiences out of your head and onto the page can be overwhelming. The key is to break the task down into smaller pieces and develop a plan for attacking your material. One of the most basic planning tools that writers use to keep themselves organized and on track is an outline.

Using an outline is the best way to organize your thoughts and effectively plan your book. It helps break down the writing task into small, manageable pieces. It also helps make sure that your book is organized in a way that provides the best direction for the information that you're writing about.

When you write a book, the ideas in the book need to flow from one to another in a logical progression. For example, if you're writing a book about how your company constructs a particular item as a sales tool the book should start with a chapter on the item itself, what it represents, and how you got started making the item. Then each chapter should describe part of the process of making the item in a logical sequence. First start with the materials used to make the item, talk about where those materials come from, and how they all work together through each step of the process until you arrive at the last chapter of the book, which describes the process of finishing the item.

Keep a good flow or sequence of information is very important when you're writing a how-to book because it helps keep you organized and makes the information easier for your reader to understand.

If you are not sure that your chapters are organized logically, ask a friend or a publishing professional to look over your outline and make sure that all the chapter ideas that you have come up with are relevant and have a good sequence. At this point, your outline doesn't have to be perfect because some changes will occur naturally through the writing process, but creating a topic-by-topic outline now will make your book will be easier to write.

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck. Lots of people have trouble writing long works like books. It's understandable that you might be overwhelmed if you don't write books and lengthy reports during your day-to-day business operations. So don't put off getting the help you need to stay on track. Think of it as an investment in your personal and professional skills.

Melinda Copp is a writing coach, book editor, and ghostwriter who specializes in helping aspiring authors achieve their writing goals. She is also the creator of the FINALLY Write Your Book E-Course. Click here to sign up for Melinda's free e-zine, and get a free special report!

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