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Want to know how to write a book that will improve your career prospects, raise your personal brand and put you into a select class of businesspeople who have enjoyed the success of being a published author?

How to write a book

This is the 4th step in a process that makes this possible without you needing to think about putting your life on hold while you do so.

The First Three Steps

If you have followed this step-by-step process on how to write a book then you’ll have worked through these first three steps:

  • Step 1: Set up. You set up a ‘war room’ that will become the beating heart of your efforts of your development and writing efforts over the coming weeks and months.
  • Step 2: Building Momentum. In Step 2 you really kicked things up a gear – investing a little more time in some basic research to flesh out your content.
  • Step 3: Create Your Chapters.  In Step 3 you created the basic structure for your fledgling book, named your chapters, and can now see a first pass of your entire book flowing from idea to idea before your eyes.

At this stage you may be so excited by your progress that you feel inclined to rush into writing – don’t!

Once you get writing you’ll start to find it hard to ‘see the wood for the trees’. You could get everything written up as it is structured right now only to find that it has a few gaps that you could have more easily filled in the planning stage.

Step 4: Refining Your Book

Step 4 is the final planning step – and it will save you a lot of time and energy later: you need to review your content for gaps or missing information and refine your content.

There are just two actions in this step:

1. Look at the flow of the information in your book – is there anything missing? Are there any topics or ideas you need to flesh out more, or additional chapters that need to be added to make it complete? If you’re missing anything then clarify in your own mind what sort of material you are going to need to plug those gaps.

When you’re clear on what’s missing then start the process of reading, researching and amassing ideas again – as you did in Step 2.  Once again, build up the core ideas for your new content on Post-its in a separate corner of your war room.

This time as you research you’ll have more of a focus – you’ll know specifically what informational gaps you’re trying to plug.  Again, keep this process up until you feel you have gathered sufficient ideas and information.

Then simply follow the actions in Steps 2 and 3 to build the resulting ideas into topic groups, and the resulting topic groups into new or existing chapters.

2. Rinse and repeat. Now simply cycle through this process until you get to a point where you look at your book’s structure and feel that it is as complete as it can be at this stage.

Resist the temptation to rush to the next stage – the time you spend in this planning stage will pay off in ease of writing later.

When you reach the point at which you feel you can see your book before your eyes then it’s time to move onto Step 5.


You have finished the planning phase of writing your book. What you are looking at in front of you is your book in embryonic form. Yes, it will go through many changes before it makes it to print – but now you have a clear view of what it will cover and how it will read.

Next Step

With this step complete you are ready to take the first real step in the actual writing of your book – creating a formal written book outline in your word processor, one that will that will evolve to become your book. That’s Step 5.

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