How to Tell if Your Idea is Solid

You have an idea for a book. But has it got legs? The first step is to map out that idea. While there is no strict rule for the number of chapters, I like to have at least seven.

Jot down your seven chapter ideas. Then see if you can write at least three paragrpahs to support those ideas. Are they compelling? Does your brain feel unleashed? Chances are, you may be on your way to building a book.

Most books are at least 30,000 words, if not 50,000. Daunting, yes, but doable! Remember, you can help fill those chapters with colorful anecdotes from the people you interview, and with relevant statistics that support your thesis.

Yep, it’s a lot of work, but if you’re determined and diligent enought, this book idea of yours may one day be printed, bound and ready for purchase.


About adinagenn

The author of three published books, a writer and a journalist, I'm still debating which format I like best...
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2 Responses to How to Tell if Your Idea is Solid

  1. Liz Seegert says:

    50,000 words? oh my. I think I will stick to writing policy papers and case studies. My thesis was “only” about 20,000 words (100 or so pages) and that took months to develop. Kudos to anyone that can crank out that much prose.

  2. adinagenn says:

    Maybe your 20,000 word thesis can be transformed into something bigger?

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