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Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 2

Step # 2 – Map our your Contents and Structure

By now you have come up with your title – or at least a working title – for your book.

Next, let’s look at what you are putting into your book and how you want to structure the contents.

Structure of “365 Days of Inspiration”

In the instance of the “365 Days of Inspiration” I’m compiling, the contents are one page per day with an inspirational quote on each page, and space for the reader to write their general thoughts.

I’m also including a “what happened on this day” note for the reader to consider what someone else experienced on that particular day in history.

As this is a ‘guided journal’, each page will also include some questions to prompt and/or challenge the reader.

Contents of “365 Days of Inspiration”

At this moment, the contents of the book I’m compiling will simply be the months and days of the year.

Your book will no doubt be more complicated and it will take more work to decide on your structure and the general outline of the contents – however just think of this like mapping out a story-board.


One strategy that I use a lot is to write each idea or concept on a separate index card and then lay them out and arrange them in various orders until they both make sense in that order – and that it just ‘feels’ right!

Action Item:

Take a stack of index cards and write a separate idea or concept for your book on each card until you have covered every idea that you will include in your book.

Then place them out on a table (or on the carpet if there are too many to fit on the table!) and re-arrange them to your heart’s content until you get them to tell the story of your book.

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