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Create A Simple Book Outline 003

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Hello and welcome. It is Lindsey here. And today's module is going to focus heavily around creating a really simple and effective book outline. So hopefully by the end of this module you will have the tools and the action steps needed to start creating your book outline. So let's get right to it. Now, there's a couple things that I want to encourage you to think about when it comes to creating your outline. As the wonderful Marie Forleo says, "Everything is figureoutable." And that's totally true when it comes to your book and the outline of your book. Just know that this is a process, and it may take some time to figure it out, but the great thing is that we and you can tweak as you need. So throughout this process, you may want to tweak your outline, tweak your book a little bit, and you just have to know that that's part of the process. Sometimes outlines come as you write, and sometimes they are really, really clear at the beginning. But you have to give yourself that room to grow with yourself as a writer and also just the evolvement of your book. Sometimes it just takes time to figure that out. So cut yourself some slack with that as you move forward in this process. The last thing is just know that this is a bio-individual process, so writing a book is very bio-individual. What works for one person may not work for the next. My experience is very different than Joshua's experience, but they both are okay. They both got us to publish our books, and they're very different experiences, but that's because we are different and our resources are different and the people in our lives are different and the way we went about it is very different. So it's totally okay, and this goes not just for your outline but for writing, publishing, and promoting your book. We'll hit on this a lot, but I just want to go over it very early on. And then lastly, it's important in all of this to release perfectionism. I know many of us, including myself, can be a perfectionist, and you want everything to look and be a certain way, especially when you're just beginning. You may say, "Oh, I need the perfect outline, and it has to look exactly like this." But again, cut yourself some slack and just know that the outline, your book, it's going to evolve as you evolve and over time, and you can always go back and tweak as you need. I've written several books where the outline just came to me right at the beginning and it was great, and then there was a few books that I wrote that I was kind of clear about it, but it really evolved over time. There's no right or wrong way, so just remember that everything is figureoutable and you can always, always go back to it and tweak it as you evolve in your writing process and even your Beyond the Book goals. There's some different ways to organize your book, and I'm going to go over a few of those ways today. The first one is chronological. This may not come as a complete surprise for people, but you can definitely chronologically outline your book from a start to a finish; that's one way. Another way is by telling a story. Maybe you're writing a memoir and you want to tell your story from the very beginning to the late to where you are now. That will be set up as a story form. The next is topical. You may want to set your book up by sections and topics. Maybe it's a general nutrition book, so one section would be food, one section would be exercise, one section would be spirituality, so whatever topics fit in your genre. The next one is principle to application. You've probably seen books like this on the market, where they take a principle and then they break it down so that it's the overall principle, and then it breaks it down for you to then be able to take action and apply it to your everyday life. The famous how-to books. This would be a series of steps. So maybe how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days, that would be a series of steps, and the book would take you through that. And then lastly, problem to solution— here's the problem, this is why it's an issue, and here's what you can do about it. Now, just note that your book may include a sampling of some of these. So for example, you may start out with a story and then go by topics, or you may start out with your personal story and then do a principle to application, and that's totally fine. These are just some of the most common ways to organize your book. And what I would really encourage you to do is take a look at the bookstore. See some of your favorite books on your own bookshelf, and see what you really liked about them. Did you like that they were more of a story? Did you like that they were topical and that you could go to any section in the book and maybe that's where you needed the most support was in one section, so it was great that you could just leaf through your book and get to that section? Or maybe it's a how-to. Whatever book you feel most confident in I would say to go with that. And also, consistently be thinking about your Beyond the Book goals. I'm going to keep talking about this as the course progresses, but it's really important to go back to that goal because that will drive your book forward. Okay, so now I want you to think about your own book and consider your book's promise as it relates to the organization. This goes back to that Beyond the Book goal that I was just talking about. If your Beyond the Book goal is to become known as a food and mood expert, then if your book is about food and mood, then you will want to make that promise to the reader. "By reading this book you will learn how to overcome food and mood issues for good." If that's the promise, then it would make sense that the organization would be set up to reflect that. Maybe it would be a how-to guide to overcome food and mood issues. But really think about that overall promise that you want to give to your reader or the audience so that you can organize the book appropriately. Consider the best way to highlight the principles you wish to teach. So if there is maybe an approach that you take or something that you really enjoy talking about, or there's an overarching principle that you want to get across, then make sure that you know that early on, so that way you can place it in the book and organize it in a way that makes sense. For example, I know one of our students in a previous course had what she called the deep approach, and it was her approach to basically healing, and so she really wanted to cover those principles in the book. And because she created that approach, she was able to organize it based on that principle. Also, consider what material besides your own story that you will need to illustrate or showcase different principles or things that you will be discussing in your book. For some of you, it may be resources or studies. You may want to include personal testimonials or statements from clients. And maybe it's just simply a chart or a graphic, or maybe it's just even a list of, for example, the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. Maybe that's something that you're including in your book. That's great, but that's other material that you will want to showcase to illustrate what your book is about. Lastly, it's your turn now. We have some really great resources available on your learning center. Print the two handouts that are provided in the module called, "Book Writing Steps" and the "Basic Book Outline." Really start mapping out the outline to your book using those documents and using what we talked about today. You can also plug your outline in the manuscript template that we provided last week to make it a little bit easier for you and to have one working document. And remember to keep it really simple and know that it can evolve. A lot of the times we get into that "Oh, I have to do all of these things and have to include all of this material," so just keep it really simple and know that you can add things in later on. It can tweak. It can change later on. But when you get started at first, make it really, really simple. You'll see, in the basic book outline, there's an example outline in that handout, and you'll be able to really see how simple it can be. Lastly, we want you to share your outline with your accountability partner for feedback and also feel free to share on our online community this week. We would love to hear from you and give you any support that we can in your book outlining process.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on May 27, 2015

Create A Simple Book Outline 003

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