What are the best techniques to organize writing into a manuscript and why?
I have a few book ideas and I find the hardest part is actually organizing everything. I used to try to do the outline/table of contents first and fit the information in - but now I'm finding I do the opposite write all the content and then organize it after... what do you think is the best way to put together a manuscript and why does that method work best for you?
Christin: I like the relaxed format Richard Carlson uses in his "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series. I'm also adapting to Kindle Edition format, in that, I'm opening with a short intro, no more than a page, then straight to the how-to for the reader (because that's why they bought the book). All anecdotal stuff is now pushed to the back of the book as back matter. But that's just me. :-) Sean
I'm not sure if you're referring to fiction or non-fiction. Personally, I write fiction, and if I write a new scene that needs to be organized into the full manuscript, I find that it helps to literally copy and paste it into the area I want it to go (assuming you have all the pieces typed onto a computer). Doing this then forces me, during a re-read, to bridge the gap between the old and the new. When they're in pieces, I just have no motivation to blend them.
I use blogs. I set up blog pages as chapters. Then, when complete, export the text and format in Kindle templates
I have a couple nonfiction ideas and also wrote a thesis a few years ago. For me, starting with an outline is best. That way, I can organize my thoughts and stay focused. Writing all the content first would set me off on tangents. It doesn't mean the outline can't be adjusted if I find I'm going down the wrong path.
Well, that really depends on what you want to write about. Non-fiction should be organized and structured in a way that allows the information to move freely and be easily accessible to some doing research or looking for a specific piece of information. Fiction, on the other hand, should flow. Find the story yoou want to tell, and tell it.
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