Starting Your Book

"Writing any story is like a road trip. You know where you want to go, but side trips and stops to read roadside monuments along the way add to the joy. Whether it is a novel or a bit of flash fiction, make it a pleasure trip instead of a forced march. Rigid outlines are reserved for technical/scientific/academic writing as is formalized structure." (One of J. Richard Jacobs personal quotes to express his passion for writing.)

As a writer myself, I feel the burning passion within as well and have realized that “Writing is truly an art for those that are committed to revealing what lurks within the mind, heart, soul and body of the author – inspired by unbridled passion of the written word and limitless, creative imagination.) Yes, those are my words AND you can quote me. That’s how I feel about writing.

“Many people find organizing their writing difficult, but good organization is a key to effective writing. You should always plan what you write before you start writing. Having a plan helps you develop a logical order for your writing and helps prevent you from repeating yourself or leaving out important information. A plan can be anything from a few jotted notes to an elaborate numbered outline.”

“Most writing has a three-part structure: introduction, body and conclusion. Your introduction should tell readers about the aim, contents and conclusions of the writing. The body should present your arguments, facts and information in a logical order your readers can follow. Your conclusion should summarize the information and report your findings, conclusions or recommendations.”

Developing an outline

Try using the following steps to develop an outline to help plan your writing:
1. Make a list of general topics you want to cover. Don’t worry about their order yet but make sure you don’t leave anything out.

2. Under each topic, enter key words, examples, arguments, facts or sub-topics to help you
remember what you want to write.

3. Decide the order of the items under each topic and mark them. If any topic has too many
sub-topics under it, break it down into separate topics.

4. Review your outline for relevance to your aims and audience. Delete any item that is not

5. Number the topics in the order you want to present the information or ideas.

If you are writing a short letter or memo, you may only need to make a list of topics, review their relevance to your aims and audience, and then put them in the order you want.

Sincerely & Respectfully submitted,


T.J. Sally, Entrepreneur, Business Consultant 

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