A Hands-on Guide to Write a Book

Helping busy people write a book readers will love.

The writer’s nemesis: distractions!

You dream of writing a book but you’re busy.

Little time to write. Even less time to read books about writing.

Distractions jeopardize your dream, making you wonder…

Do I have what it takes?

You deserve better — a plan to write a book readers will love.

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7-Step Storytelling

7-Step Storytelling

1. Preparation to Write a Book Readers Will Love

Writers start with premise and continue developing stories with characters, plot, theme, and structure.

➨1.1 Premise

In one sentence, the premise gives a story’s big picture and writer’s development strategy.

➨1.2 Characters

The preparation step includes selecting the best characters to tell the story and creating backstories that shape their thoughts, choices, words, and actions.

➨1.3 Plot

The plot highlights key events (i.e., turning points) that cause conflicts and steer the story toward the climax.

➨1.4 Theme

The external, internal, and philosophical themes convey what your story is about.

➨1.5 Structure

Structure guides how and where to place content within your story.

2. Story Spine

Based on your premise, the Story Spine tells the core story in a fairy-tale format that names the hero, defines the problem, gives beginning and ending, hints at external, internal, and philosophical goals and themes.

3. Story Body

Based on the Story Spine, the Story Body tells the short version of the entire narrative, organizing the initial contents for completion of the Global Story Beats.

4. Global Story Beats

Based on proven structures divided into eighteen beats, the Global Story Beats outline scenes and scene sequences.

5. Story Logline

A one-to-two-sentence logline enables someone to envision the emotional aspects of the entire story.

6. Scenes and Scene Sequences

A single scene groups the action and people into a logical order to advance the story. A scene sequence is a rational grouping of scenes to form one of the Global Story Beats.

7. Self-edits to Write a Book

A self-edit tightens loose structure, fleshes out underdeveloped characters, fills plot holes, clarifies theme, and corrects errors.

Frequently Asked Questions

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➨Why can’t I just write a book instead of following a 7-step plan?

I felt the same way, and didn’t let my ignorance of story structure stop me from self-publishing four books. When all I heard were crickets instead of ringing cash registers, I realized there had to be a better way. I read books, visited websites, took courses, and attended webinars.

To date, I’ve recorded and organized over 3,000 writing notes, which I break down into practical tasks and share with subscribers.

➨Why approach writing a book as a project?

For many years, I led teams merging mega-sized corporations, so I learned to value a project plan. When you write a book of 50,000 to 100,000 words, you’ve got hundreds of moving parts and dozens of issues to resolve. A project plan divided into steps helps you avoid the frustration of writing a novel no one wants to read.

When you’re busy, and have to hit the pause button on writing, a plan allows you to pick right back up where you left off.

➨Where did you discover 7-Step Storytelling?

In the corporate world, learning from books enabled me to move up in the ranks from a humble beginning to a senior position. I’ve used that same process to discover and apply the advice taught by respected writing teachers.

So you can focus on writing instead of studying, I’ve distilled the writing advice gleaned from dozens of books into posts, checklists, and workbooks.

➨How much do you charge for 7-Step Storytelling?

Nada! Unless you buy me coffee or my workbooks, the information is free. I have affiliate links for apps and books, and when you buy through my site, you’ll not pay one penny more even though I might earn a small commission. By the way, I only recommend apps and books I’ve purchased and tested.

If you read the pages and posts on tameyourbook.com, you can find most of the information included in my inexpensive workbooks, but you would miss out on the convenience of having all the explanations, instructions, and prompts you need in convenient packages.

I encourage you to share TameYourBook.com with others. As Nelson Henderson wrote, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

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