Rescue Your Unfinished Book
Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again:
Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor
Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content
Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list
Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author
Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits within your business
Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points
Top Tip 7: Create a writing schedule
Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing
Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content
Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content
Below are the details of the tenth and final tip on what you can do to get your book back on track. If you didn’t create a book plan before you started writing, it’s possible that you have run out of things to say sooner than you thought you would.
Usually, we worry about writing too much but there are times when we write too little. This often happens when you begin writing without a plan or with a plan that lacks detail. You begin by thinking you have a lot to say, then find that you are repeating yourself. As a result, you start cutting to get rid of the repetition but then you end up with a very short book – too short! So, what do you do? Do you abandon this book? Do you pad it out? How can you solve the problem of the under-length book? Here are some ideas to consider.
Top Tip 10: How to add content to your under-length book
So, you set out with what you thought was a big book idea and you thought you had a lot to say. then, you find your book is finished but it's a quarter of the size you intended and you've said everything you wanted to say. What now?
This scenario isn't as uncommon as you might think. Sometimes having too little to say is the result of a topic that is too tight but often it's a result of too little planning and preparation. However, the fact that your book is too short doesn't mean that it should be discarded or abandoned.
The easiest way to add content to your under-length book is to ask questions so you stimulate yourself to write more. You probably know and need to say a lot more than you have. There is detail that has been left out.
- Have you assumed knowledge that your reader may not have?
- Could you add some examples, quotes or stories to liven up and add to your text?
- Is there some history or background you could add that would add some context to your book?
Expand your awareness
Do more research
Expand the existing contents list
Your book might not be too short
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