Today I am answering the question “How do I get started writing my first nonfiction book?”  The truth is it is much like writing a testimonial or a paper like when you were in grade school.  Just like writing a testimonial or paper one great way to begin is to start by brainstorming.

One of the ways I like to do this is through what is called mindmapping.  Your big idea goes on the circle in the middle of the page.

And then from there, anything that you can think of that has to do with that, that you will need to include. You would write little ideas all around the big idea. So you that can be stories that you can include, personal stories that you can include, that could be facts, that could things that are questions that you might ask because one of the things that you need to remember to do is that you’ve got to hook your reader as they begin to read your book. So one of the ways that you can do that is through questions and stories and things like that.

Here is an example image of what your mindmap might look:


Another way to do this is through what I like to call a brain dump.  A brain dump is when you just write down everything you can think of that you will want to include in your book.  Either way, it gives you an opportunity to get all of your ideas out of your head and onto paper.

Listen in as I give you more ideas about getting started writing your first nonfiction book:

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