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How to Write a Book: 4 Easy Ways to Start

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Writing a book can be hard work. Actually, let's be honest here, writing a book is hard work. Nothing will change that. But there's an old saying that the wise writer works smarter not harder. And how you start to write your book can make the whole job easier or harder. It can even make the marketing process successful or unsuccessful.

In this article, I'm going to give you four easy ways to start to write your book. I'm going to focus on techniques that will help you to make the whole job easy without being difficult themselves. Strictly speaking, some of these techniques may not be starting the process. However, they will all be prior to actually writing your book. Since I write how to books, I'm going to focus on non-fiction books.

1. Start With A Keyword Analysis

Why do people buy and read your books? The answer is that they are motivated to do so. Now you could start by guessing at what motivates enough people. Or you could simply, determine what they are already asking about. With the internet that translates as what they are asking the search engines for. The name for this is keyword analysis. Keyword analysis is, simply put, checking the Google

2. Write About What You Know

One of the biggest time wasters is research. I know you need to research. We all do. But you should limit your research to specific items when writing a book. Use research to fill in facts. For example, use it to identify quotes that help to emphasize your point. Use it to clarify or justify your opinions and ideas. However, using it to learn about a subject before you write a book, is a specialized skill. It's not something you are going to learn quickly. So for your first books, you would be wiser to focus on things you are already an expert in. Teach what you know.

3. Use a Content Map or Equivalent

We've all been taught in school, to use an outline for our essays. However, an essay is not a book. A book is a much larger and more complex work. To make the whole job easier you need to use a tool that supports the task of writing. Your outlining tool needs to be very detailed. It needs to document your writing plan down to a paragraph level. Secondly, an outline is sequential. Unfortunately, our brains do not work sequentially. We make connections in what often looks to be a random method. Your outlining tool needs to support that form of idea development. Third, your tool should help you to stay focused on your reader and their needs for information.

4. Know What You Are Writing Before You Write

Too often people will sit down to write without having a clear picture of what they will have when they finish. Of course, doing that tends to result in a book that meanders and is either too long or is too short. It also tends to provide unnecessary information while not providing information the reader wants. To overcome these terminal faults, always start knowing exactly what and why you are writing. You need to know how long the book will be. You need to know the style you will use for the book. You need to know who will buy the book. And you need to know why they will buy the book.

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Glen Ford is an accomplished consultant, trainer and writer. He has far too many years experience as a trainer and facilitator to willingly admit.

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