How To Start Writing a Book by Choosing A Winning Message

When you write a book, where do you start?

You have the ambition to start writing a book, but you’re not sure how to structure it, right?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

In fact:

I’ve written 72 books and I publish 4 or 5 books a year with publishers worldwide and this is the main question that I get asked.

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How to Start a Book

When I decide to write a book, I’ll sit down with a blank piece of paper and I’ll lay out the entire book on paper without reference to any resource material.

I can then write the whole book from beginning to end without even using my notes.

I’ll design a book by organizing the chapters and deciding which will be number one, two, and so on. Then I develop the subject, chapter by chapter. Then I’ll write an introduction to set up the subject and get everybody really interested.

But that’s not the very first step…

It all starts with what you really care about.

Key Takeaways for Starting a Book

Start with your message and answer these questions first:

  • What message do you have that could really benefit other people?
  • What message do you have that you would want your children to know?
  • What message do you have that burns inside of you?

Select one main idea for your book. Write at the top of a piece of paper, “What are all of the things I would want to talk about or include in this book?”

Answer this question with a list of everything that you want to talk about in the book. This is the starting point of your book.

I use this technique every time I want to write a book, which means I’ve used it now over 75 times.

The next step is to organize your ideas into chapters and thoughts with a book outline. You can learn about the whole process in my giant guide How To Write A Book: 11 Steps You Need To Know To Be A Bestseller.

This guide will walk you through everything an author needs to know, from choosing a title that will help you sell copies, to taking the right steps to get your book published, such as learning how to write an effective book proposal.

We also have great resources for you here, if you simply want to learn how to become a professional writer.

If you’re interested, our upcoming webinar will also teach you three of my favorite tips for a successful writing routine.

Related: You might also find this post by Jerry Jenkins helpful when planning your book.

How To Start Your Book: Choosing A Winning Message
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I’ve written 72 books, and I publish 5 books a year with publishers, and this is the main question that I get asked: When you write a book, where do you start? So here's how.
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