How to Outline a Nonfiction BookOutlining a non-fiction book
You can download the non-fiction map here.
Outline your non-fiction with Scrivener
Scrivener is a great way for Steve and I to use it. It all begins with the research and design phase. In the following I will guide you through my whole procedure and how Scrivener is playing an important role in how my book takes form.
It looks like I'm at the beginning of a new book, so you can see how the book itself takes form. Well, now that you've seen the tape, it's a good idea to go over this in more detail. Like I said in the videoclip, my book begins as a mind map.
Sometimes, in this 24-hour time frame, more thoughts come up, which is why I have my mind map on the walls, so that I can come back and bring back thoughts whenever I want. That part of the game is the keys to making the next move without being in trouble and struggling to make something of value.
Find out what your first move is and make sure you do it for every book you do. As soon as I'm done with mind mapping, it's a good idea to make some bulk captions or groups. That is definitely mirrored in the way I use Scrivener to outline my book and later on, the real part of the work.
You can see a screen shot below of how I originally created Scrivener. That' because I am a graphic personality and it will help me to see the early flux of my book concept from the beginning. This also means that I can move your thoughts as needed, and I like to do this in the design stage, although you can move the chapter once the book is finished, it can get a little bit fiddly if you do the opening and closure of sections that are mentioned before and after the chapter.
Using colors, I emphasize where a paper is in the write state. So, when I enter my design in Scrivener, everything is labeled "to do" and I display the colors of the labels in the folder so I can quickly see where I am. When I go through the write stages, I alter the labels to in preparation or first design and the colors are changed accordingly.
Yes, we are still in this stage! As soon as I've installed Scrivener, it's a good idea to include some flesh in my book. Now I will skip to each headline (although these are not yet carved in stone) and make a short section about what I will do.
That is if I am also in research and append it to Scrivener by putting a notice in the footnote on what the research refers to. I' ll often give them a number so I can easily find out which section they fall under. When I have website hyperlinks, I also include them in the section folder of the section editor.
That part of the procedure really does help when it's book writing that. Because of these brief sentences, it's much simpler to cover each section, because I don't start with a page that is empty and try to find out what to do! As soon as I have finished this part of the stage, I will leave the book for 24-48 hrs while my unconscious mind reconsiders everything.
As soon as this period is over, it's serious enough to put my ass in a stool and do a paper. I plan to put at least one lesson per week on my diary every single second. When I get into a really good mood with my letter, I let myself be written for another lesson.
I' m not usually doing this for first thing in the am timetable, I tended to commit it for around 10am, once all the acre stuff has gotten out of the way, I can then just hang around and start writing, continuously. I can typing about 1500-2000 words per lesson, so this timetable works very well for me, so I was able to start writing 7 volumes in 7 week in early 2015!
The Scrivener is one of the most powerfull utilities at our fingertips, and it's unbeatable in terms of cost. You can not only outline and type your book, but also schedule contents for your blogs, set up a contents calender and much more.
When you don't use Scrivener, what are you waitin' for?