you take your readers on a journey in your non-fiction book?
Do you lead the way with writing chapters that are easy to understand?
Or is it like sloshing around on a muddy unmarked road trying
to read your book? My goal is to encourage you and give you
some awesome tips in writing chapters for your non-fiction book.
After looking at a lot of books, including mine
over the years I've noticed a few things. The most read (best
sellers) non-fiction books have a highway guiding readers through
their book chapters. That highway includes mile markers, exit
signs and other road markers for each chapter. As we all know,
it can get pretty stressful to take a journey without an easy
road to travel.
Like most people, you enjoy a journey on a clearly
marked road. So instead of leaving your readers to follow a
muddy dirt road of disorganization through your book, use repeating
elements to build a highway with easy markers (headings, lists
and good paragraphs), exit signs (great summaries.)
For example, in John Maxwell's "21 Irrefutable Laws of
Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You" book,
like a true expert he uses repeating elements. These repeating
elements form a highway that lead you smoothly through each
chapter. If you read the book, you noticed that each chapter
had the same basic form (highway). For you to create chapters
that lead and guide your readers like a highway include these
Chapter title: The title lets the reader know what
they will read about. Use the same titling principles you used
to title your book. Remember principles like create memes to
tell a short story. Keep it short and parallel like in a list.
Do your best to power punch it. Make each title grab your reader's
attention once again.
2. Subtitle: The subtitle is optional. Most
use it instead of the brief quote if their chapter title needs
explaining or emphasizing in some way. For example, if you managed
to start a story in the main title and you want to finish it
in the subtitle, a subtitle emphasizes and explains its meaning.
3. Brief quote: Insert a brief but related
quote directly following the title. You might consider a brief
quote if you aren't using a subtitle. For both would be too
much. One or two quotes from your speeches or other authorities
in your field which support the title would be good.
Introduction: Begin each chapter with six to eight
paragraphs of introduction. Write an introduction that include
a story presenting the chapter's main principle or thesis. For
short books three to four paragraphs sound great.
5. Opening statement: For example, you could
open each chapter with a thought provoking question or a startling
statistic that show where your audience is now (before reading
your book.) Many start with a short story or analogy. Whatever
you open with, make sure it's an attention getter to hook your
out of your comfort zone use the tips above for writing chapters
for your non-fiction book; mine your existing knowledge and
highway leading to each chapter.
to get started with writing chapters for your book faster? You
can find the full lesson of 'Building A House For Your Chapters
along with a growing list of bonus reports and other helpful
resources in the Book Writing Course at http://bookwritingcourse.com