I’m a big believer in planning, as you probably already know. I think planning and development are the most underrated aspects of the book writing process.
And the truth is, the book you write could be a million times better if you just did some planning and development first. If you spent some time thinking through the details and trying things out before committing to it or playing around with ideas rather than going with the first one that hits you.
This is true especially with fiction writing, but it’s also true for writing nonfiction.
I plan, develop and outline every single nonfiction book I write BEFORE I write it. I have a tried-and-true process that I use, to not only dig out the details of what needs to be included in the book, but then to refine them into a book that’s worthy of writing (and reading).
I’ve found that process and strategy are missing pieces for most writers. Most writers have ideas–loads of them–but they don’t always have a process for getting those ideas out of their heads and onto the page in a way that makes cohesive sense.
And this is kinda important, because if you can’t get your ideas out of your head and onto the page in a way that’s organized and flows for a reader… they’re not gonna be reading for very long.
Having a repeatable process and strategy for planning, developing, outlining and then writing my books (fiction and nonfiction) has been a game changer for me. Especially with my nonfiction. It has helped me to become 5X more productive with getting books written and published.
And it all starts with an outline.
That’s why I’ve taken the process I use to plan, develop and outline my nonfiction books and turned it into a short workbook that you can use to plan, develop and outline all of your nonfiction books.
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