Writing a Nonfiction Book—Where to Begin

When I was setting out to write my dissertation, someone gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me and helped me to write many books. And that piece of advice is this: never start with an outline. Outlines have a tendency to stretch infinitely, which only makes it harder to finish. Instead, write the Table of Contents. That’s right—skip the outline and go straight to the ToC. Begin with...

Writing a Memoir

Have you been told by friends and family that you really should write a book, given your life experiences? Have you been through a remarkable event or series of events and you’re ready to write it down? Whatever your motivation for writing a memoir, here are a few things to keep in mind before you get started. First, a memoir is not an autobiography. Nobody wants to read the life story of a...

Writing a Book for Money

In my last post I encouraged you to get online and find out what other books are out there that are similar to your own. Understanding the market and the competition is key to getting started. But that doesn’t mean you need to conform to either the market or the competition. What it means is that you are starting out informed and prepared to stand out. But once you’re armed with this knowledge,...

How to Write a Book— Your First Steps to Writing Fiction, Nonfiction or a Memoir

How to write a fiction, nonfiction or memoir book There are as many ways to write a book as there are people to write them. And if you are determined to write a book, one way or another you’re going to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. But after writing over a dozen books and coaching countless clients on how they can write their own books, I’ve learned a few things along the way...

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