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Book Writing: The Job of a Chapter

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The chapters in your book are not just ways to break your book into parts.

Each chapter has a job, and that job is to answer a question posed by your book title. The answer may be short or very long with its own parts, but still it answers a question.

Let’s take a look at a chapter from my book, Color Your LIfe Happy: Create the Success, Abundance and Inner Joy You Deserve, for example.

The title of my book, when turned into a question is How do you color your life happy?

Each chapter is an answer, but poses its own question as well.

Let’s look at Chapter 2, Preparing Your Mind for Happiness, for example.

Turning that chapter title into a question, it becomes How do you prepare your mind for happiness?

Here are the sections within that chapter that answer the chapter’s question:

  • What’s wrong with rose-colored glasses? (when the section heading is a question, you can bet the content usually will answer in the affirmative)
  • You are not alone
  • Happiness doesn’t require complex skills
  • Your happiness is up to you
  • Happiness is a choice
  • Thinking about change is the first step
  • Maybe you should disregard sensible advice
  • There are two sides to getting what you want
  • Are you stuck in preparation mode?
  • Spiritual beliefs are for daily use, not just weekly worship services

But no matter how much one chapter answers the book’s questions, it leaves some things unanswered. The biggest job of the chapter is to make the reader wanting more and seeking it in upcoming chapters.

Are you ready to let your chapters do their job? I would love to be your partner in crafting your chapters. If you are ready to begin, pop me an email right now with “READY” in the subject line at flora@florabrown.com . Then tell me about your book plans. If you include your phone number I’ll call you within 24 hours. If you get started right away, sign up for my e-course, Rockin’ My Book at http://addauthortoyourresume.com/ecourse

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