What to do when Writing a BookHow do I write a book?
Describe a presentation? You' re on your own.
This is a week-long online videopodcast about the world of typing. Today's issue is focused on the letter of books........ I' m Daphne Gray-Grant. Welcome to the misspelling-- We' re discussing how to make a presentation. I' m going to answer a letter from Fred Estes, a San Francisco based scientist and author.
Here's his point. Hi Daphne, I'm authoring a biographic profile biography of young researchers and creators. Introducing it is a dilemma for me. Which are the main features and structures of a textbook like mine? Thank you for asking, Fred. I' ve just rewritten the intro to the next volume, so your query is very topical for me.
I firmly believe NOT to reinvent the wheels. When I am confronted with issues like those you ask, I always go to see what others have done. Then I turned to my own bookcases and took down four of them. a) Those who have dealt with the introductory remarks as just another section in the volume, vs. (b) those who have made it a brief, rather informative form of address.
Note that I am not saying that one is better than the other. Having had a closer look at the four volumes, I chose to follow the casual way with my own work. With regard to "essential elements," most tutorials give the readers an understanding of WHY the writer has written the work and a brief abstract of what it contains.
In order to answer the length issue, I have also worked out the number of words in the four books' inaugurations. None of them gave me a PDF where I could have done an automatic counting of words, so instead I numbered the number of words on ONE page and then multiplicated it by the number of pages in the intro.
Both of the volumes that dealt with the introduction as another section were significantly longer. Baumeister's introductory section contained about 6,200 words and Colvin's about 5,000. Both of the ledgers, which adopted the rather casual approach, were really quite short. It wouldn't take nearly as long to write my introduction section as I thought.
I was aiming for 1,200, so shortly that it almost spelled itself. But instead of just following my suggestion, I think it is probably better for you to choose four to six volumes that are somewhat similar to the one you write. If you look at these ledgers, you will certainly be learning all kinds of useful information and perhaps you will find some unpronounced precepts that I have not recognized myself.
In the way you tie up your reader, I think it has to do with your way of typing. Much the same task of preparing an introductory essay as the remainder of the work. Yes, the section must play a certain part - it must outline the purposes of your textbook - but once you have done so, just follow the same guidelines that you use for every other section.