I have never met anyone who hasn’t, at one point or another, considered the idea of writing a book. Have you? You probably have at least a faint idea of what you could write about. They say everyone has a book (deep) inside of them. If you’ve never allowed that book idea to come forward, maybe go for a long walk, forget everything and let your subconscious get to work. And then the fun begins.
Everyone has a book inside of them – but it doesn’t do any good until you pry it out. (Jodi Picoult)
Once you have a book idea, just let it mull over in your mind. Write down any and all thoughts you might have in regards to your book idea. A simple list will do. I always have a notebook with me so I can quickly make a note of ideas that cross my mind. For me, that means keeping several notepads around the house, so that even if I wake in the middle of the night I can record the idea – and go back to sleep!
Set up an ideas bank
When you start creating a collection of notes and ideas, group them together. As you read newspapers and magazines, tear out any useful information and add it to the appropriate section. This previous article shares more about that. As you browse web sites and see useful pieces of information, print them out and store them in your folder in the relevant place. Don’t judge what you collect; if you think it may be valuable, just collect it and file it.
Talk to people
As I teach participants of my writing program: Don’t keep your book idea a secret. Talk to anyone you know who could provide you with useful information. Interview relevant experts and chat with colleagues and contacts to collect extra material.
Produce an outline
Having written some notes, collected some background material and chatted to people you should now be able to come up with an outline for your book. In my course I teach exactly how to structure a book for success, but here’s the summary: First, start with a broad outline of the main themes you will cover. These will make up your chapters. Secondly, take each theme and subdivide it into the particular points you want to make or things you want to discuss in your book.
You don’t have to start at the beginning. Choose any of the small parts of any chapter and write as much as you can about it. Don’t worry about the grammar, the spelling or your literary style at this stage. Just write whatever comes to mind about the specific subject you have chosen. Once you’ve done that, select another part of your detailed outline and write about that. Let’s say you have 10 chapters each with five sections. That’s 50 sections you need to write. For a 30,000 word paperback of around 120 pages, that means you need around 600 words per section. By taking it a section at a time it is more manageable. I can show you my system that’ll teach anyone to write an entire manuscript in one week – less than 20 hours to be precise. Learn more here.
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WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca