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5 Tips to Create an Outline for Your Book

Tis the Season to Write a Book blog series continues as we countdown our way to Christmas. As a first-time author, it can be hard to know what type of outline to create for your book. I recommend you have a simple outline to start. A simple outline will guide your focus when writing and is a good starting point for you to build upon. Today is Day 5 of 24 and it's all about creating an outline, let's dive right in.

As a first-time author, it's important not to get stuck in perfectionism. This is why I recommend creating a simple outline.

What is a simple outline?

A simple outline is bullet points of topics you will cover in your book.

For the purpose of this blog post let's say you're writing a nonfiction book teaching someone how to fish. A simple way to create an outline is to:

Tip #1: Write the exact steps it took you to learn and then master fishing.

Tip #2: Make each chapter a step the reader also can take to learn and master fishing.

Tip #3 Research questions people have about fishing and answer common questions in your book.

Tip #4: Identify the problem your book solves and give the reader a process to follow.

Tip #5: Think of the one solution or end result that you want your reader to walk away with when reading your book. Tie every chapter back to the solution.

Take your topic and use the same 5 tips to create a simple outline for your book. Remember to bullet point, focus, then get to writing on that topic. You can do it.

Tomorrow Day 6, I share the importance of having a step-by-step plan so stay tuned. Was this blog post helpful? If you enjoyed reading make sure to like, share, comment, and subscribe to this site so that you never miss a post during this series.

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