Writing a book – creating a book outline

By Jacqui Malpass | All things writing

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Writing a book  – Creating a book outline

Need to get your writing organised?  A book outline is a must

In simple terms a book outline is the big picture, the plan you do before you get down to the detail of what each chapter is about.

Outline and Flow

To connect the dots we use the outline planner which enables you to “feel the flow” of the books plot and story and helps you to think of what the purpose of each chapter is.

Here’s what I do:-

  • Get a big sheet of paper or a blank wall, lots of post it’s and brainstorm
  • Move your post its around until it looks and feels right, if you need to talk it through with anyone now is a good time, then
  • Write each chapter title on a separate piece of paper.
  • Lay these on the floor in order and walk (physically) through the flow of the book, stopping at each chapter and getting a feel for the plot, try to feel, hear and see what your intended reader will.  Check that it makes sense, that it follows the plot line.
  • On the second time along the chapter outline timeline, use post it notes and brainstorm ideas
  • Once you get an idea of what each chapter is about.  Work out how each chapter links to the next one.

You now have the essence and a big picture of your book.

Your action plan – creating a book outline

  • Create your chapter outline
  • Reflect for a day or two
  • Amend
  • Write a summary of what that chapter is about
  • Write your action plan for completing each chapter
  • Update your book proposal (when you are happy with your ideas and content – you may of course change them again…)

Failure to plan is planning to fail.

When we work together one to one, your book outline will be nailed before you start to write, after which writing is so much easier.



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Inspiring you to discover your inspirational message, turning your stories into books which ignite you and your brand.. Re-discover your soul purpose | Share your message | Rock out your book and personal brand I love how words and stories change lives and build businesses. I work with you to help you find ideas for your non-fiction book, get it written, published and marketed - connecting it to your brand and purpose. You can grab this free report on how to find ideas for a book, which gives you 10 quick start ideas. I will update you with interesting news that I have found for writers, authors and entrepreneurs to help you build your brand around you and your books. Connect with me on Google Plus Jacqui Malpass

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