Today, we’re talking about writing non-fiction books-7 steps to success.
I want to tell you the story of John, who saw his friend Bill having some problems with his Internet business. John had been down that road before and thought, “Some of those things could be easily corrected.
So, he thought, “Well, maybe I should write a book. No. No one would listen to me.”
Then he talked to his friend Bill, and found out that Bill was open to suggestions. He started working with Bill, and things turned around.
So John persisted in writing a book that would be helpful for people. Here’s how he went about it.
See the Problem(s)
First of all, he saw the problem. He was able to see the main problem and some other problems. He knew what success in this area was like, so he was glad to be able to share his successes, and he wanted others to not give up too quickly.
Dream the Solution
He wanted them to be able to dream about their success. He knew about his own experience, but since he was writing for more than just himself and Bill, he decided to make sure that he had amassed the information that would help others in their situation.
Do Further Research if Necessary
That meant he needed for information, so he did some further research. After having done this. He started grouping his information together.
There was a problem.
There was a solution.
There were steps to get to that solution. He formulated those grouped ideas as steps and ended up with eight steps.
Show the Steps
He knew he could write an introduction to this book. And after putting in the eight steps, he knew that he could write a conclusion. He could tell them what he was going to tell them, and he could tell them what he had told them.
He began the process of writing his book. Pretty soon, he had this 10 chapter book done, and then he decided to make it better–to make the chapters better. Of course it was a rough draft. He went through and started the process of polishing, which is actually going to culminate in the last step, He went through and caught his typos and spelling errors and made those corrections.
Put in Headings
Then he decided to break up the text in the chapters by putting in some headings. He had at least three headings in each chapter: sometimes he had four, sometimes he had five, sometimes as many as seven. But generally, three or four. So he had had an introduction, and he had eight chapters of steps leading to the solution. Within each of those eight chapters, there were headings that broke up the material, making the chapters easier to read. That type of chapter would allow the person to read a section, digest it, think about it, meditate on it a little, and move on to the next section.
Then, to make it better, as he went through his next pass: catching more than typos and spelling errors, he looked for things like passive voice that just jumped out at him. Thinking of the example of, “The ball was hit.” and he changed it to, “John hit the ball.” as he went through the document again.
Add Some Stories
To make it even better and more interesting, he added some stories. He told about his own experiences. He told about Bill’s experiences, and he told about the experiences of others that described universal experiences. He told the experience of others in a way that would not involve copyright infringement. So he added those stories.
After having done that, he had this great book. It was a book that would solve people’s problems. It was a book that would move them toward their dream of the solutions to those problems. It was a book that was interesting because of some of the stories that were placed inside it.
Polish and Publish
Then he hired an editor to go over the book, and he, himself, polished it even further. He also hired someone to create a cover for his book.
Having done that, his book was ready. The exciting day came, and he published it, fulfilling a dream that grew out of a desire to help his friend.
Writing nonfiction books, seven steps to success: Here were John steps:
First, see the problem or problems.
Second, dream the solutions
Third, research further were necessary.
Fourth, show the steps.
Fifth, put in some headings.
Sixth, add some stories.
Seventh, polish and publish.
Then you have a book.
Why don’t you do that? Can you see a problem that needs to be solved? Can you show the dream for the solution? Can you do further research on your topic? Can you put in some headings and add some stories? Can you proofread and get someone else to help you polish it even more? If you can do that, before you know it, you will be ready to publish your book.
So there you have it: Writing nonfiction books, seven steps to success. See the problems, dream the solutions, research, show the steps, put in some headings, add some stories, polish and publish.
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