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by rt.free
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Hello everyone, Thanks again for all of the feedback. I have been answering the basic questions about what my goal for writing the book is, and who it is for, as well as, working with a TOC from scratch. I also started using Scapple and find it to be very, very useful for me. So, thank you again for...
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Instead, I would sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil, and take a stab at writing a few things: - My goal or goals for the book - A synopsis of the book - A TOC for the book - A paragraph describing what each chapter will cover and why the chapter is important to the book I specifically woul...
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

[quote="Dr Dog" Scapple is the companion software to Scrivener - basically a digital whiteboard - very simple, very flexible. I use that or an A3 sheet of paper and pencil depending on whether I'm in an analogue or digital mood. Tinderbox is much more complex and much more expensive and ha...
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

So, like others have said, outlining and synopsis are wonderful tools, but at the core is the three key questions: What story is it you want to tell, why do you want to tell it, and to whom ? Right. I will begin doing this this weekend, along with trying to outline the progression of the book, TOC,...
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

kewms wrote:
I often use Scapple for this sort of thing. As I visually cluster related topics from my notes together, it becomes clearer which ideas "fit" and which don't.

Katherine

I'll have to check Scapple out. I like the idea of it. Thank you for your responses....
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

To add on to the excellent advice you've already received, here's my "If it were me" -- Instead, I would sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil, and take a stab at writing a few things: - My goal or goals for the book - A synopsis of the book - A TOC for the book - A paragraph descri...
by rt.free
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

A few years ago I finally hit on the winning combination of analogue A3 sheets and Scapple daily; a larger and very organic overview in Tinderbox; and - informed by all of these - what Abbott calls writing (and linking) `mini-analyses' in Scrivener. (Abbott's *Digital Paper* is intended for graduat...
by rt.free
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

I really appreciate all of the feedback. It seems like the majority of people so far believe the writing from scratch is the best option, and several people including some helpful outlining ideas, which I greatly appreciate as well. I had never considered my writing as 'research' before, I just alwa...
by rt.free
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Thank you for the responses. I am super busy all day but will be reading them over this evening and will get back to you all.
by rt.free
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Thank you for your reply. I was trying that approach the last few days, trying to figure out what the most important 4-5 points are that I am trying to make and see how that lends itself to organizing my thoughts better, and I haven't given up on that yet, it is just not exactly clear how I leave ou...
by rt.free
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Re: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Right, thank you for breaking it down for me like that. It has felt, as of late, that I am needing to somehow write from scratch, and in so doing, hopefully be able to hit upon the aspects of my extensive notes, I just wasn't quite willing to think that through clearly because it seemed as if that w...
by rt.free
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.
Replies: 26
Views: 9236

Turning 400,000 words of notes into a non-fiction book.

Hello everyone. Where to begin. I have been wanting to write a non-fiction book for quite some time and have been writing, for several years now, my thoughts and insights. I have brought all of my writing into scrivener and have even finished, to the best of my ability, organizing the content, more ...