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...

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