Book Publishing Series Post #1: Why and How to Outline Your Book
This is the beginning of a series I’m working on about book publishing. This post is all about outlining your book.
There are many ways to write a book. You can wing it. You can sit down at your computer and just start writing. Many people take that approach. In the world of fiction writing theyre called pantsters because they write by the seat of their pants.
However, there are other types of writers too. They are called plotters. They essentially plan their book before they write it. Whether youre writing fiction or non-fiction, there are many benefits to outlining and planning your book before you write it.
The Benefits of Outlining
There are some reasons beyond simple writing personality style to outline your book. They are profound and abundant. In fact, they are compelling enough to consider changing how you write.
* You write faster. If youre working from an outline, youll write your actual book much faster. In fact, dont be surprised if you finish your book in just a few weeks or a month.
* Fewer revisions. The outline helps you stay on topic. You wont have to spend time on multiple revisions. When you work from your outline and your book plan, youll simply have to edit for spelling, clarity, and grammar. You wont have to re-work or re-organize your book, because thats already been done.
* Its easier. Sometimes its easier to make sure that you cover all of the topics you want to cover when you have an outline. You can make sure that your book is well thought out and is positioned to help your prospects solve their goals and you to sell more books.
How to Outline
You probably already know how to outline, at least the basics. However, when it comes to writing books there are a few different approaches or considerations. One solid approach that can really help you create a stellar book is to outline based on a chapter topic, the headlines for each chapter, and the subhead lines.
Another option is to outline with the same topic, headlines and subheadings but to format them as questions. For example, if your topic is Drinking more water, then your question would be What are the benefits of drinking more water? How do I drink more water? What are the risks of drinking more water? and so on. As you can see, answering the questions then becomes quick and easy.
Using this question outline method, you can write a chapter a day. You can even dictate your book, hire someone to clean it up, and have a full book in just a few weeks.
Writing a book can take time. In fact, some people take years to write their book. However, the more books you write, the more you sell, and the more money youll make. It makes sense to make the book writing process as efficient and effective as possible, and outlining your book makes it easier. If you’d like to learn more about publishing your book, click on the words book publishing (affiliate link). You will be taken to a site with a course designed to help you get your book published.