STEP 4: WRITING YOUR BOOK
Expanding on your book outline the quick and easy way
Only start writing when you have a book template
The brilliant thing about having a detailed book outline is it breaks down the writing process into small, simple steps that you focus on one at a time. It kills overwhelm dead! (Hooray!)
Your book template does several important things for you
- 1. It sets your word processor document size to be a smaller “book size” not normal “A4-printer size”Two average-sized paperback books fit side-by-side on a piece of normal printer paper – so there is a big difference! (If you need a lot of big fat, page-width tables to share your ideas, you have my permission to gulp at this stage… been there!) Choosing the correct size paper from the start you avoid lots of reformatting and resizing hassle later. Plus as the paper is half the size, writing each page is now half the work you thought it was. You can thank me later.
- 2. It does a lot of the heavy lifting with formatting
As well as setting the paper-size, a good template should have some pre-formatted text in it, like headings, bullets, feature boxes, plus some important pages. It’s a real time saver. If you’re hopeless at formatting, you don’t need to learn. If you’re excellent at formatting, you still don’t have to waste time coming up with one from scratch. Ideally your template will also have some helpful standard pages included, like a copyright page (with the legal blurb) and an automatically updateable table of contents. These save time too.
Once your outline is in your book, you’ll need to get writing.
How to write quickly and well
The easiest thing to do is think of writing your book like one big domino topple. Why? Because you explain your first outline heading then move onto the next one, and the next and the next. You’ve probably seen clips like that on TV… that moment when the first domino falls into the second one, and the ripple just keeps flowing along to the end.
The dominos don’t suddenly stop toppling and retrace their steps and get 500 of them stood back up again and have another crack at it, they keep going.
This is what I want you to do with your writing.
Let it flow.
Now, relax, You don’t need to become a troubled poet, wandering lonely as a cloud, inspired by the power of nature type of “flowing” writer.
.I mean you look at the heading, have a good stab at explaining it, then move on to the next heading.
Don’t keep stopping, going back, twiddling, fiddling and tweaking. Do your best and crack on.
If you get stuck, ##mark the problem## and keep writing.
At the end of a chapter, just search for the “##”s in your text and blitz each one. That way you know it will get dealt with and you can stop faffing with small details and get back “in the flow”.