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Last week, I picked up a couple book writing tips from my students. Nora Hall, who finished her first draft of Survive Your Husband’s Retirement in the fall Bring Your Book to Life Program is now polishing her chapters. A reader pointed out that she needed to be certain that she follows up with solutions to problems mentioned in early chapters. Nora’s solution? A spread sheet.
I love the idea of a spreadsheet. I can see it helping an author:
– Avoid repetition.
– Ensure you answer any questions you bring up early in the book.
– Easily locate and offer readers the chapter where they’ll find more information on a particular story, problem or issue.
– Find sections more easily.
– Move sections around with greater ease.
Outlining software may help with some of these issues as well. Have any writing secrets or additional ideas for using a spreadsheet to organize your book? Please share as a comment below!