Book Outlining Methods to Help Unscramble Your Brain

Previously I wrote about the steps of outlining and planning, but here I want to discuss my favourite book outlining methods, among other tips.

If new to book writing, you may be unaware that structuring an outline can help you step through the writing process without so much stress and strain.

I admit to being ‘seat of my pants’ style writer, as I had lots of time to let ideas bubble to the surface. But for most business-oriented writers, a timeline and deadline is needed—and so an outline can help you keep on track… and unscramble your brain.

Writing an outline is super-important for ambitious projects with many moving parts. The simple making of a table of contents is a good start, but we are talking more about WRITING TO A MAP.

Mind Mapping (bubble chart or the original one-word-per-strand map) is the start of a writing outline process. We may also use AnswerthePublic.com to find reader questions (the faster way to survey) if you have no idea what they want.

Then, we can move on to answering the questions and sub-topics that popped up. This doesn’t work with fiction; only with factual topics.

On the new book Outline document, fill out the case study ideas, the general points, perhaps the comparisons, in a paragraph underneath the topical chapter headings. Some will come to you later, so don’t worry, fill that in then.

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