How to write a book outline for your nonfiction book

The outline for your nonfiction book is perhaps the most important part of the pre writing process.

Why? Because you are making it easy for you to write your book.

It really is as simple as that.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Thirty-fourth President of the USA

Planning unlocks the unconscious mind and enables what you know you want to say pour out. It triggers both a creative and a logical process to get to work. It starts with creativity, This is where you just get everything out. It is followed by logic, where you make sense of everything. Next take action. When the planning is complete it is time to write.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher

Oh where to start? I don´t think it matters where you start, only that you do. Post it notes and a blank wall are your best friend. Write words, anything, just get them out. I call it an ideas wall. Spend a week making word love with your ideas wall. Each time you pass, pause and write a word. After your week of words, Take a day off for reflection. When you come back start organising your words into your outline.

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. – Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.

Brilliant advice. Once you have mapped out your book outline, get it into a WORD document and start putting some flesh around it. I use the what, why, how and what if formula at this stage.

  • What is this chapter about?
  • Why is it important for my reader to know this?
  • How will I share my message or get them to take action?
  • What are the benefits of reading this chapter or the consequences of not reading and taking action?

How to write a book outline for your nonfiction book

Find a process that works for you which mixes up creativity and process. Map it, reflect and write it out.

Let me know what works for you