Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:58 am Post
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lunk wrote:The first is to delete 2/3 of what you have and not include it in the book.
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 pm Post
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Hugh wrote:What you do need to do - if you take this route - is to find one, two or at most three substantial sections of the book that are interesting, thematically coherent, and potentially "standalone", and amount to approximately 125k. words or a little more in total, and cut out everything else
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:16 pm Post
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Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:55 pm Post
kewms wrote:I fall into the "write it from scratch" group. What you have been doing so far is *research.* Research is a different task, requiring a different mental approach. It is not at all surprising for the research to total many more words than the book's target length.
I also agree with the "step away and write a synopsis and outline" advice. ...
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:31 pm Post
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Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:21 am Post
Dr Dog wrote:
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 graduates - which I've not been for 30 years - but it has some great ideas). Overviews and re-writes (all very plural).
Come Armageddon I could probably finish the book with just the A3 and Scrivener.
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:27 am Post
JimRac wrote: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 describing what each chapter will cover and why the chapter is important to the book
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