Remember April Fools Day. Yes, I hear you… eh! I can remember being young and being taken in by the tease. I was such a gullible young person especially when it sounded so plausible to my ears. So over the years I developed a way of listening to stories in a different way, and it makes my job as a book designer a lot of fun.
I’m pretty sure I can say that at one time or another we’ve all felt a little foolish. But in this post I’m talking about double checking your content. The what and how you are writing. Maybe the subject of your current chapter that you are writing about isn’t one of your strong points. Maybe it’s better to discuss the point in just a one paragraph sub-subject. A brief description of the process.
Now, knowing this, be sure to revisit your table of contents to adjust what is being put into your book. Not only so you don’t look or sound foolish, but for the purpose of sequencing and comprehension.
When I was writing my book, I depended a lot on the table of contents for the flow. I only listed the chapters but in my head I had all the sub points. I worked hard to write each paragraph so that it picked up from the previous thought and led in to the next.
I also was sure to make each chapter lead into the next one, and reinforced the concepts in the first paragraph as the next chapter started. Knowing that the easier I made it for the reader to follow my thoughts the better they would process the knowledge I was sharing.
This process helped me when I was interviewed on the radio or on a panel discussion. I noticed that I trained my thinking as I wrote too. I found that creating a train of thinking into the writing that it made it easier for me to make a point when asked a question or to continue a thought that followed another speaker.
I really like the sequencing of book. The way when you open one you have the title page, then copyright information. Some have a dedication page then onto the preface or foreword and learning what another person thinks. I like the introduction so I can share my “why” which leads into the table of contents where I lay it all out with the intention the reader will connect to the information I’m sharing. I leave the about the author to the back of the book. After all, it’s listed in the table of contents so if the reader is interested, they know where to find out about me.
I hope this helps in answering any feelings of writers block or questions of content development that might come up for you.
Remember, do something every day toward the production and promotion of your book, service, product or company and contact me to help move you forward faster.
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