This is the second of a two-part post on crafting your book’s content. It is based on Chapter Four in Tanya Brockett’s new e-book The New Writer Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Nonfiction E-Book, which is available exclusively at www.NewWriterWorkbook.com.
Crafting Your Book’s Content:
Creating Your Book Outline
If you are writing a nonfiction book, an outline is an invaluable tool. It is amazing how the outline can help you to be more creative during your writing time. Instead of stifling creativity, it actually enhances it, and it boosts your productivity at the same time.
The additional benefits to creating an outline before you write your book include ensuring that you cover what you intend and you include what you need. When you create an outline, you may also find that you have a second book that will need to be written to cover all that you would love to share. (That is a great discovery!)
Five-Steps to Effective Writing
In my book, The New Writer Workbook, I share the DIGOD approach to effective writing (I also teach this approach in my new Clean Up Your Content course for writers. You can hop over to my Square page to register). DIGOD is an acronym that stands for:
D Define your purpose
I Identify your audience
G Gather information
O Organize facts
D Determine format
I won’t go into detail on these areas in this post, but in the New Writer Workbook I review each acronym and provide space for you to write down information that will help you to craft your content. Right now, you can get the gist from the words in bold above.
Share your story
Now that you have identified all the information you want to include in your book and in what format, you can begin to share your story. Let your readers get to know you so they can enjoy the journey through your book’s pages. Review my post about writing for your ideal reader so your message can resonate.
In crafting your book’s content, share stories to help your reader understand your message. Help them to see how your words can benefit them. Show them how their lives will be enriched after reading your book. Be the best “you” that you can be and that will be enough.
This concludes a two-part post on Crafting Your Book’s Content. Let Tanya know if you would like to be a part of her new self-learning course on Content. Feel free to contact Tanya for mentoring through the book writing process, or grab a copy of the New Writer Workbook to take a stab at it by yourself first. Either way, I wish you much success in Crafting Your Book’s Content.
Tanya Brockett helps authors, experts, and entrepreneurs to write and edit a book that their readers will love while empowering them to live a life they love. She is a speaker, editor, writer, and mentor to awesome clients around the world. Connect with Tanya on LinkedIn (/TanyaBrockett), on Facebook (/HallagenInk) and through her website at www.HallagenInk.com. Buy a copy of Tanya’s latest book exclusively at http://www.NewWriterWorkbook.com.