3 Steps Every Author Should Consider Before Starting Their Next Book

3 Steps Every Author Should Consider Before Starting Their Next Book

Before starting your next book - mercy B

I’ve had several consultant calls that were centered around the very same topic, OUTLINING. Whereas, us, writers are used to free writing, and going with the flow, outlining is the latest in the industry.

Personally, I love it. Beginning, I didn’t bother with the task, and prided myself on not having to. However, as the list of titles under my belt thickened, my memory thinned. Plots, twist, cliffhangers, and more became harder and harder to store into my mental. I’m not by my computer 24/7, so this posed a problem.

Honestly, I loss a bit of my sanity each time I thought of scenes or very unique key points in my stories, but they were all gone by the time life kicked my ass and I was back at my computer. One day, I decided that I wasn’t going to lose another bit of importance in my stories. On that day, I started outlining. It changed my life forever! Seriously! So, to answer those tons of questions about outlining, here!

Outlining is pretty simple. Some think that outlining your story reduces the freedom you have to create, because the storyline is structured. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Outlining simply gives you a guideline as to what is to happen in the story… How it happens is where the free writing takes place.

Although, sometimes your outline can be very detailed and express how events may take place (advanced outlining), but it’s not necessary. An outline simply keeps your story on track. That’s it. Sometimes, I go way left when writing, but my outline gets me back right. I’ll be the first to admit that my story hasn’t always gone exactly as my outline constructed it, but the reference is phenomenal. Now, for step one.



Let’s NOT think about the outline, right now. Focus on the story itself. Only focus on the beautiful content that you’re about to create, and let you mind wonder. Soon, story ideas will start to surface. Go ahead, jot it down. Character faces and inspirations will come along, jot them down. Remember, we’re just jotting here. A plot registered within your head, jot it. Then came a twist, jot it. Oh wow, that would be a nice cliffhanger, jot it. Any and every idea that you come across for this story, jot it. This is the most important, and I’ll tell you why.


Okay, Okay. We’ve gathered the notes that we’ve taken over the past few hours, days, weeks, months. Now, here is the magical part. Those small notes that we’ve jotted have become chapters, key points, climaxes, and solutions for our book. You literally outlined your story through notes. However, it’s now time to form the timeline of events, and get a clearer picture of the story that we are trying to tell. PUT YOUR NOTES IN ORDER. Now, grab your “Written Agenda: The Ultimate Book Planner,”your stack of worksheets from The Mercy B Project, or a sheet of white paper, and get to work.


The notes have been taken… gathered, and placed in order. Now, it’s time to transfer them to your actual outline. As the events are aligned, write them down. There will be gaps and holes in the story, but don’t worry. As you begin to form a complete outline, reading and reviewing, ideas will pop into your head, and get your creative juices spilling over. Here is where you fill in the blanks, and replace the missing pieces with bright and attention grabbing content. Make it loud. I want your readers to hear and see you. Be sure that your storyline is eventful and thrill seeking… That’s the goal of the book, right? Grab and hold your readers attention?

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