If you want to research your book content in a way that brings results, you need to start asking questions.

There are parts of our books that are easy to write, and parts that are not. The hard parts can trip us up if we are not careful. If you have a topic you want to research, you could just do a lot of reading and note-taking but this is unlikely to be a great deal of help because when you read a lot of material you simply end up with too much information that you cannot do anything with.

So, before you begin writing, map out your key questions and look for the answers when you do your research. If you remember your time at college, you’ll know that the essay topic made your work far easier to do because you had to look for specific information.

When you set out to answer a question you look for and pick out the bits that are relevant. This means you can cut down the time you questionsspend trawling through material and keep your research focused.

Questions makes the research process more fun and inspiring because they trigger a more investigative mind set – and that always leads to better and more interesting content. Indeed, the questions you begin with will probably beget more questions and this is when you start to explore in a much more meaningful way.

Research can be interesting or tedious depending on how interested you are in the topic. However, when you do research with a question in mind it keeps you curious, and that will always lead you to write far more engaging content.

Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.