Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Outline Your Book the Easy Way

In this VIDEO BLOG POST, The Author's Midwife shares a simple process to outline your book.  

A lot of authors have challenges just getting started with their book. Yet, one of the easiest ways to kick off your book writing project is to outline your book. A lot of authors cringe at the thought of outlining their book because they think it's way too much effort. They would much rather just write and allow the story to unfold. However, with a simple outline, you have a road map for creating a great book. 

I have developed a very simple process to help you outline your book. It's as simple as 1-3-3-1. Here's how it works: 

The first "1" is the Theme of your book. Your theme is the answer to the question you will inevitably be asked: "So, what's your book about?" Your answer is the theme of your book. There should be only one theme for your book.

The first "3" relates to the Three Main Points that you will cover in your book. There might be more than three, but try to encapsulate the points into three, then build from there. 

The next "3" relates to Three Supporting Points for each main point. These could be three examples, case studies, or supporting facts.  

The last "1" is the main Takeaway of the book. What one thing should readers get from your book?  

Apply this simple Write Your Life Outlining Process to make outlining your book really easy so you can get started right away with writing your book. 

What other ideas do you have for quickly and easily outlining your book?


Anita Paul, known as The Author's Midwife, coaches aspiring authors to write a phenomenal book and helps current authors use their existing books to leverage their business. She is the author of Write Your Life: Create Your Ideal Life and the Book You've Been Wanting to Write, and is the creator of the Write Your Life program, through which she has created a dynamic system to Write Your Book in 90 Days or Less. She has owned The Write Image for 15 years, and has had her freelance articles featured in over 25 publications in the U.S. and Canada. Anita is also the host of "Book Your Success".

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