Remember those 3 x 5 index cards and sticky notes you worked with earlier? It’s time to pull them forward again.
Go to your draft outline or table of contents. You are going to get down to work on your crummy first draft. Unless your book is a step-by-step how to book, you can start writing with any chapter.
If this is your first book you may be uncertain about how to start. The best place to start is with the information you feel like you know the best. It may be a topic you have talked about a lot. It may be the topic you discuss first with every client. The main thing at this stage is to get started.
Pick your topic. Read through your index cards. Start writing. Write everything you can think of on that specific topic. Don’t worry about how much or how little you are able to write – just write. During a later stage in the process you will go back through what you have written and decide what to keep, what to toss, and what to save for a different book.
When you have finished one topic, go to the next one. Again, write everything you can think of about this piece of your book.
Continue until you have addressed all topics in your outline.
Don’t worry about spelling or sentence structure. Even flow isn’t a concern at this point. Your goal is to get all of your thoughts about your topic out of your brain and down on paper.
If you find that you don’t have enough notes on one of your topics, this is the time you would do some research.
You can start your research with Wikipedia and your favorite search engine. For some topics you may want to check the resources at your local library. Don’t forget that your library can do an inter-library loan to get you access to books at public and university libraries near and far.
Check your computer files and bookshelves to see if you have information tucked there that will enhance your book.
Put your chapters in order and read through them in order to see if anything jumps out as missing. If you need to add something to one of the chapters, do it now.
Next comes one of the hardest steps of all. Stack your pages on an empty shelf. Close that folder on you computer.
And walk away from your book for several days – a week or longer if you can.
When you go back to your book it will be easier to evaluate what you have written and make decisions about what to keep and what to set aside.
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