Here are some hot tips to help you get started with your book project or get you unstuck if you are suffering from writers block. Remember that writing something is better than nothing and Ray Bradbury was an advocate for “throwing up, then cleaning up!” Some of your best content is created when you are not really thinking of where the content fits, but enjoying the creative process of “mind-dumping”!

Content is key.

What you may lack in writing style or language proficiency you will make up for in terms of content because of your passion and purpose in your subject area. You will derive your content from your own experience and knowledge on your topic, which naturally comes along with your passion. Nothing will beat first-hand experience when it comes to content, no matter what kind of book you are writing.

o Fiction: your imagination is imperative for content. Explore a world that you have always wanted to be real, make your characters believable and relatable, and your settings as vivid as reality.

o Non-fiction: the credibility of your topic depends on your experience in the subject area. Your own case studies and practices will provide brilliant content that no one else can originate.

o Creative non-fiction: you have likely been living many aspects of your book for years now. Incorporate aspects of your own life into your story to personalize it. Filling the content with details adds an authenticity that can only be created by your experiences.

Most of us are visual learners.

If we look at something then we often understand it better than being told about it. Try this for your writing. Put your ideas into a mind-map where you can track the connections between different thoughts and ideas. This is a great exercise for getting everything out of your head and onto paper, and will help you organize your thoughts. Your book will make more sense to you and your readers if you bridge the gaps between different plot aspects, characters, and settings early on in the process of writing rather than filling in the gaps later. Mind-maps are helpful visual tools for keeping track of the relationships between numerous aspects of your story, and they might even make you find connections that you weren’t consciously aware of before. They will also help you form chapters based on the groupings of your mind-map thought track, as well as eliminate any irrelevant thoughts that you previously had tangled up with your book ideas.

This article is an excerpt from the E-Book “All you need to know about publishing” by Amy O’Hara. To get your copy of this E-Book sign up for our next free webinar or sign up for our newsletter at

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