Yesterday I mentioned that I’m starting on a non-fiction book. For this project, my first step was researching the subject.
For any other non-fiction long project I might have done an outline first, before beginning the research. There were two reasons why I didn’t do that with this one.
Reason One: I already have the outline. I contributed to the first book in this series of TechCareers books, Biomedical Equipment Technicians (TSTC Publishing, 2008), which is now in print. Each of the TechCareers books will follow the same general format. So, I have my outline.
Reason Two: Even if I hadn’t had the outline, I would have started with research because I need to know more on the area I’m writing about.
If you’re thinking of writing a non-fiction technical book, I’d probably recommend you brainstorm an outline or at least the major points you want to cover in the book. Why you and not me? Chances are, if you’re thinking of writing the book, you’re already familiar with the subject matter (unlike me).
If you’ve written a non-fiction, what did you do first – outline, research, interview… or something else?
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