Category: Writing

Blogging A Book On Woodworking – A New Blog

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The new blog at http://simplifiedwoodworking101.com is now fully functional. Please check it out. The emphasis on this new blog is simplified woodworking methods and I will be posting on it regularly for most of a year sharing valuable information with novice woodworkers and interested professionals who may like my methods. At the end of almost a year I will be using the content of the blog to create a book and ebook on the Woodworking Simplified topic. Please share with your friends who may be interested in woodworking. As with this blog, I welcome comments and questions.

The Idea – First Step To Writing A Book

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The idea for writing a book will vary considerably depending on the genre in which you write. I write how-to books and for me writing involves helping others to do a specific job, perform a task, or run a business. Some write how to books based on in-depth research, I write based on my first-hand experience. Sometimes I do some research regarding various ways to perform a task but for the most part I write what I know.

As I read posts, comments, articles, and even books, I notice that individuals have questions or sometimes I just notice that information seems complex and I can simplify it with my own information. This is how the idea begins and in the next posts I’ll cover how I take those ideas and apply them to my writing.

Before Starting The First Draft

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Starting a new book is exciting and as a how-to book writer there are certain steps I follow before I start the first draft. Step one is to fully develop the idea for the book. Exactly what are you going to teach others and how will you make certain they learn.

Next, develop and organize a detailed outline on everything you want to teach these individuals. Make this as complete and concise as possible as this step will make your writing much easier.

Now, if you are writing just for the joy of creating a book, you are ready to start the first draft. However, if you are like me and want your books to sell and make a good profit, it’s time for the most important step before writing a single word. You must determine who you will be teaching. Time to find out about the potential customers for your book. Who are they and where are they found. Once this task is completed you can start writing the first draft.

Why Write and Self Publish?

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It seems that many writers feel that those who self publish are having a negative impact on the publishing business. Some of these disappointing comments mention that many would-be writers have nothing to say. Let’s assume that there is some truth to that, what does it really mean. If you have an idea for a book and decide to write it and self publish, how does that hurt anyone else? Wanting to do it is reason enough. Once the book or ebook is published, the market will decide if it has value.

Whether the books I choose to write become financial successes or total failures, all the choices, risks, and rewards are mine not those who choose to disparage books or self publishing because they don’t meet some perceived standard.

Planning Your Book – The Outline

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Once you have that great idea for a book, it’s time to develop a plan. This is an important step and varies depending on your reasons for writing a book. If your objective when writing a book is to make a profit, then the first step in the plan should be to decide who will want to read your book. It’s called knowing your market. The only way to make certain your book will be purchased is to know who is going to purchase it before you write the first sentence.

Once you know who will buy the book you will know the information they want and need and then you are ready to beginning planning the actual writing of the book. The first step in this process is compiling all the information you have on the topic. I prefer to compile all my data in a word processor because once I am ready to organize it the task will be much easier. Don’t worry about organizing all the information initially because it will cause you to overlook important things. Just compile every piece of information that could potentially contribute to your book.

Once you have the information compiled begin organizing using an outline. I begin by creating the outline at the beginning of all my compiled information. I list the headings and cut and paste the information that fits in that heading. I don’t attempt to put it in order at this point but just organize the data under the appropriate headings. Usually during this process I come up with headings that I had not considered because of all the loose information I have gathered.

Once I have all the headings I copy and paste them to form a well organized outline of everything that I want to write. During this process I add even more information to each heading and I wind up with a well organized outline for my book and I can begin writing. In my next post I will cover how I use this outline to write my book.

Reasons For Writing A Book

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Why do you want to write a book? There are probably as many answers as there are writers. For me there are three reasons, one is that I enjoy writing about the things I do. The second reason is because I enjoy teaching others how to do the things I have learned to do well. It feels good to pass along valuable knowledge to others. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I do it for the money. I enjoy selling my books and when people are willing to pay for the information I write about it seems to add value.

Would I continue to write even if my books didn’t sell? I have no doubt that I would. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as much fun but I would still do it. Sitting at a computer and putting down your thoughts and ideas for others to read is too much fun to stop just because the money doesn’t come. Anyway, that’s just me.

What about you? Why do you write? Is it about profit or do you just write for the enjoyment. Or, are you like me and both are important to you. I believe that just wanting to write is reason enough. There is no need to justify writing a book or anything else if it is what you want to do.


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