Creating My Book Outline

Creating my book outline has been one of the most challenging feats of the process to date. The idea is to get down your main titles for the topics you want to talk about, then for each of those titles, break it down into smaller sections. These then become your chapters and sub-topics within each chapter, from which you can then start to craft your actual words.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? And largely it is… as long as you’re 100% clear on what it is you’re trying to get across in your book.

In my case, these are my objectives:

  • Bring clarity to the minds of entrepreneurs who find websites scary or confusing.
  • Remove the cloudy veil that often overshadow’s the perception of what it takes to put together a good website.
  • Help people understand why their websites are ‘not working’ by giving a broader view of all the elements needed to make it a success.
  • Answer all the questions that the people who answered my survey threw out there.

Once I started getting my main topics together, I was able to get a better overview of my book outline. Topics I noted include:

  • What is a website and why have one?
  • Identifying your site requirements
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Setting up and installation your site
  • Look & feel
  • Creating content
  • Marketing & traffic
  • Monetisation
  • Site safety & security

I realised it was turning into a book about something far wider reaching than simply the nuts & bolts of how to put a WordPress website together for best sales potential! But that’s ok… I’d rather give the picture of what needs to happen as a whole rather than just focussing solely on creating the site. After all, I am writing this book to truly help people understand what owning a website involves.

My list of topics above will (hopefully) give entrepreneurs that are fairly new to the game a great overview so that they are forewarned and forearmed and able to confidently move forwards with their business websites and related activities.

Tools For The Job

ScrivenerA tool that I have decided to use to write the book is Scrivener. It’s a tool dedicated to writing both fiction and non-fiction books that allows you to outline the book and work on chapters or sections in small chunks. This means less overwhelm and hopefully more productivity as I will just work on one section at a time, which will then build up into the whole book.

Scrivener also allows you to output the book in every publishing format you can imagine – from old-fashioned print format to interactive PDF to the latest Kindle and iBook, Kobo & Nook formats. I think this is what makes Scrivener stand out as a go-to publishing tool – it really does cover all bases and does it very well.

Silencing My Inner Critic

In the ‘Published In 90 Days‘ course that I’m following, Vicky Fraser talks about how I need to silence my inner critic. That little voice in my head that tries to tell me I’m no good at this, I shouldn’t be doing it, it’ll never sell, etcetera, etcetera.

I must admit that as I’ve been creating my outline, I have had feelings of overwhelm, fear and inadequacy enter my head, but knowing that Vicky too had experienced this stupid inner chat and had been able to push through and ignore ‘the little bastard’ gave me some peace.

What’s Next?

Over the next week I will be finalising my outline and starting the writing process… the scary but brilliant part of it all!

So until next time, enjoy your work and put your best into it!

Janice.

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