How to Write a Good Book
A friend of mine is writing a book and she asked for some ideas on how to do it.
Here’s my process. It worked pretty well on my first go, and it’s working again with my second (I’m more than halfway finished with it).
There are three hurdles to writing a book:
- Quality. Is it good enough to engage readers? Do people like the writing or ideas?
- Writing. The daily process of writing it. The grind of researching it.
- Packaging. Putting all of your ideas into a cohesive whole.
If you fail to clear any of these hurdles, it won’t be worth the effort.
To make it easier to do, do it in public. Use a blog. Share it with everyone that would be interested in it. Here’s how it will help you get it done:
- A blog post generates feedback. You will be able tell which ideas resonate, and which ideas don’t. The feedback almost always enables you to improve you clarity, style, and delivery. Further, the pressure of writing in public makes you try harder.
- Daily blog posts provide a structure to your work. The conversation you have with your readers along the way makes it more fun to do and their feedback often spurs new writing.
- Your blog posts are packaged ideas. When you are ready to publish your book, take these posts and use them to flesh out an outline for the book. To finish it, write the narrative by stitching these posts together (rewriting them as necessary) to create a smooth logical flow.
That’s it. Simple. Effective.
It also launches you into the marketplace with a small audience of people interested enough to read it.