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Book Outline

The next step for me, I feel, is to develop a book outline. Some writers don’t like outlines, some do. I happen to believe, and know, I accomplish much more when I have an outline to follow. Plus, that fact was pounded into my head during my years of education. So….

An outline needs to be developed. They are time-consuming, but will provide me with guidance throughout my book writing project.

The heading is not that important right now. The heading is basically the book title. I haven’t decided on that yet now. That will come later. There is no hurry to determine that upfront.

First, I will need to sit down and think about chapter headings/titles. What major areas do I want to write about in my book?

Second, once I am thinking about chapter headings/topics there is bound to be areas that fall under those headings. These are known as subtopics. Cool….I like subtopics….

Let the outline begin….

P.S. What’s nice about outlines is the fact they can be updated as the writing process begins.

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Nonfiction vs Fiction

To help me decide which type of book I’ll write…let me break down the subcategories:

Fiction:

*mystery/suspense…a “who did it” kind of book.  These are fun to read, but I don’t want to write one now.

*romance…as popular as these are, they’re just not my cup o’tea…I’d rather have the real thing…:)

*biography…I don’t enjoy reading what others say about someone. I like only the facts from “the horse’s mouth”. So, no  thanks.

*action-oriented…no thanks.

Let’s see….nonfiction:

*Personal essay (autobiography)….a true life’s story from “the horse’s mouth”. Right up my alley.

*Textbooks…enjoyable (what?!), but not now.

*History…I don’t have anything in mind for this. So…no go.

*How to….already writing these. For my book writing project, though, not now.

Guess which category/type I’ve chosen….for my book writing…..:)

What’s next?….

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What type of book will I write?

By type of book, I mean the following categories:

*novel – meaning fictional, make believe. Mystery/suspense, biography, action-oriented, romance, and others fall into this category.

*factual – nonfiction, real life. Personal essays (also known as autobiography), textbooks, how to guides, history, etc. fall into this category.

That’s a short and simple explanation of book types.  More technically, a book type can also be called a book category. Fiction or nonfiction, simply.

I prefer nonfiction for now. Hmm…

What next?

What will I write about?

Choosing A Topic…

OK, so I am going to write a book. With so many avenues to choose from, what will I write about? How do I decide?

First…what area do I consider myself an expert in? This is an important step since my confidence in this area will help my writing.  My expertise comes from life’s experiences and education (both by books and real-life).  What is your area of expertise?  Sit down and think about this for awhile.  Everyone has something that they are good at.

Secondly, how popular is my area of expertise? What is needed in my area and how can I fill this niche? You need to know this as well. How is this accomplished?

* Perform an online search of your interested topic.  The Internet is a wealth of information (an online library), if used properly. I found out a lot of information this way!

* Go to the public library  to see how many books are out there on your preferred topic.

It is a good idea to perform an online search on your preferred subject to see what competition you will be up against. It helps in knowing what your competition is doing. I firmly believe this is important so I can position myself for success.

After performing the needed research, I have a subject area that not too many others can talk about.  In fact, there were none located in my field of preference. It appears that the field is wide open. Woohoo!! This is a perfect.

Now…what type of book will I write?

Hello world!

Greetings everyone!  We all have a story to tell. So, I figured I would start a blog to journalize my book writing experience.  In addition to helping myself keep on track, my blog is intended to help other future book writers.

Enjoy!!