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Here's a terse summary of Peter Seibel's How to Write a Book blog entry: Step 1 Write the index. Step 2 Write a hierarchical outline. Step 3 Write a flattened outline. And Step 4 Write the book. Seibel has written two technical books and you may take his approach as especially practical for a technical book.


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It depends on the kind of book you're writing. Fast-paced, action-packed books tend to leap straight into the thick of things and introduce their characters at the same time (Matthew Reilly kind of books. I know, he's not exactly an avant garde writer, but he is one end of the spectrum when it comes to explosions and many, many exclamation marks). Modern ...


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There are LOTS of ways to structure a book. Depending on what you're writing, there may or may not be any expected frameworks. Long-Form Fiction, such as speculative fiction novels, movie scripts, and semi-fanciful "alternate histories" usually progress lineally along one or more character's perspectives along a three-act progression, though more acts are ...



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