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Book Writing Help Step 1

Identify the Problem Your Book Will Solve

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“I need book writing help!”

Getting started writing a book, Step 1 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter

I hear that all the time.  Writing a book can seem overwhelming. Where should you begin? What should you do first? 

Here’s the truth: a book is just a series of small bits of writing, strung together. To write a book, simply break down the whole into smaller parts. 

Then complete each small part, one at a time.

When you break the process into smaller steps, writing a book can be a reality. One step is manageable. Do a few steps and soon, you’ll be on your way. 

Book Writing Help Step 1

A good book addresses a problem and explains a way to solve it. 

  1. What problem will your book solve?
  2. How will your book solve it?

Your answers to these two questions drill down the topic of your book. 

You may have a fair idea about what your book will be about … you may have been gathering information for a long time …. you may have no topic idea at all and you simply want to write a book.

Or you may be anywhere in between those places.

Once you are able to articulate the problem your book will solve and the solution, you will be on your way to writing your book.

How to Identify the Problem Your Book Will Solve

Choose a problem that interests you. If you know you want to write a book but you don’t know exactly what you want to write about, start with a topic that captures your attention.  You’ll be spending a great deal of time understanding this problem and writing about how to solve it. Make sure you are interested in it.

Choose a problem with which you have experience. It could be personal know-how or information you have acquired (or are eager to acquire during the writing process.) Experience allows you to write with the voice of authenticity and authority.

Choose a problem with a solution.  Ask yourself if the topic presents helpful information. Does it have potential to positively affect people’s lives? Is it entertaining or humorous? Will the content answer questions or impart a deeper understanding about people or the world? Will it address a topic that is relevant? Does the book tell a story that has yet to be told?

Choose a problem with a solution that you believe in. Your name will be on this book for a long time. Make sure your investment is well placed.

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Complete Book Writing Help Step 1 by filling in the two blanks.

My book explains [problem:                          ] to readers

so they can [solution:                        ].

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