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The Book Summary: It’s Your Cornerstone as You Write

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A Word From The Word

Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. (Isaiah 28:16, NLT

A Word For Writers

The Book Summary: a #devotional based on Is 28:16 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WritingTips #WriteABook

A book summary is the cornerstone of your book writing process. It offers clarity before, during, and after you write your book.

  • Before: create a book summary to define your target audience's main problem, how your book will solve it, and what special niche your book will fill.
  • During: use your book summary to write your book outline and stay on point as you complete the manuscript.
  • After: use your book summary to pitch your book to agents and editors and to promote your book.

In Isaiah 28, God warns His people about getting off track because of carelessness and overconfidence. And He points them to the true cornerstone of their faith – Jesus Christ – a rock that is safe to build on. A cornerstone is the first footer poured or the first stone laid in a new building. All other footers are placed in reference to the cornerstone. An accurate cornerstone means straight walls and a stronger house.

A book summary, too, prevents you from carelessness and overconfidence as you write. Just as footers are placed in reference to a building’s cornerstone, likewise your book summary guides you as you write your book outline and each chapter. It acts as a plumb line to align all the book content to your book’s point for the benefit of your target reader. 

Create a book summary and follow it as you write. It will provide the clarity you need to stay on point.

A Wise Word

Your book summary is your cornerstone for staying on point as you write.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

Thank you for providing a way for me to stay on point and follow you. Keep me for overconfidence or carelessness both in my daily life and as I write. Show me how to create a book summary that’s clear and keeps me on point.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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