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February 2020
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Three Key Questions to Ask As You Research Your Book

If you plan to write a book, you must be familiar with the current literature in your field. When you read other authors writing about similar subjects, you can test your ideas against theirs. You may also find that your grand insights are familiar material to the audience you wish to reach.

 This is research, not discouragement time. Virtually every idea worth writing about has been written about. Your contribution is your unique insight into the subject matter.

You also read to become more familiar with the techniques writers use to construct a book. Find a well-respected book in a field you find interesting. When you read it, don’t just read the words; look at the technique.

Ask yourself the following questions as you read:

  • Why did the first sentence capture my interest? Most readers decide whether to buy a book based on the first few paragraphs. Many beginning writers will say, “My second chapter is my best. Just get through the first dull chapter and you will be rewarded.” Readers will not wait that long. Your first sentence must do what this author’s book did. Capture you. You will rewrite the opening several times as you write your book. Do not spend a lot of time on it at the beginning since later writing you do may change it.
  • How is this book organized? Look at the table of contents. What kind of material is covered? What is the logical progression of the book? How much time does the author spend on introduction, how much on the body of the book, how much on summing up? How does the material hold together?
  • Does the author use stories to illustrate his points? The best books are filled with stories. Readers relate to stories better than to exposition. If you can use an incident that the reader can relate to you will make your point with far more ease than if you simply tell the reader for paragraph after paragraph the information you wish to convey. For the most part, audiences, including readers, are visual in nature. Our society, with movies and television, promotes the visual. Stories, with their visual images and immediate action, promote understanding.

When you pay close attention to how other authors write, you will write better and reach your audience more quickly.

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