Writing Hack–Write Table of Contents to Give Your New Book Breath & Life

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #14 Table of Contents by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #14 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

If you are implementing these writing hacks in order, then you are ready to start writing a book. The first task to do is organize your book. In order to do so, write a table of contents. This will help your words to flow.

When writing a table of contents, keep in mind the average non-fiction book is 16 chapters long, and the non-fiction book is two or three times that much. The average non-fiction book is about 140 pages and the average novel is usually over 300 pages. This will give you a rough idea of how to organize your table of contents.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Everything in writing can change and evolve, so your TOC does not have to be perfect the first pass. It will help you begin writing chapters. Sometimes you will write the last chapter first, or a random chapter in the middle of the book. Once you have the basic structure, you can fill in the gaps as you become inspired.

One of the tools that could be helpful to you at this stage is Publishing Your Book Blueprint. This book is a journal-type book which teaches about all the front matter, including the table of contents, dedication, preface, foreword, and all the back matter as well. This is the organizational framework of a book and can be used as a journal as well. You may purchase the Publish Your Book Blueprint at our Dream to Publish Shop.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Get Organized! Best Selling Authors Set Goals & Timelines

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #13 Organization by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #13 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

The most effective writers have a strong sense of organization. All of us are unique and the organization might look different for you. But the bottom line is writer’s heads need to be clear of turmoil in order to write clearly.

This means writers need to take care to protect their inner landscape. Distractions can be disastrous and therefore it becomes necessary to clear emotional conflicts and struggles. Clearly, a lot of writers take their material from their own life challenges. However, the challenge must be resolved in order to clearly create written alchemy from those situations.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

This writing hack dovetails with writing hacks #8 and #9, the “Get Honest” and “Clear Your Mind.” Organize your life! This means get plenty of sleep, eat a good diet, do regular exercise, even if it is just a daily walk—and keep your writing area clean and organized. Make writing a pleasant experience and reward for your efforts to prepare your writing time and space. Becoming a successful writer has to do with you becoming “your best self,” and a certain amount of organization is necessary for you to be able to tap into your purest creativity.

Maslow’s Hierarchy suggests that survival is necessary before we can access the self-actualization levels at the top of that chart. Self-actualization starts with self-organization. Organize your life and your mind little by little and you can be sure this investment in yourself will pay off in the quality and quantity of your writing.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—Clear the Way to Write with Clarity from a Zen Writing Space

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #12 Zen Writing Space by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #12 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

In writing hack #11 we talked about writing tools. I want to speak more about the tools in your writing space—and how to design a Zen writing space. If your space is clear, your mind is clear. And if your mind is clear you can write with clarity! Your writing will be organized and easy to understand.

But how do you create your zen writing space? For starters, you need three basic writing tools.

1. A quiet space

2. A desk

3. A laptop or notebook and pen

Since everyone is different, these are going to vary. For example, my writing space became a 3 month sabbatical to the Caribbean. Now my writing space is in the Caribbean. I know that seems a little drastic, and not everyone can do that—but you can do more than you think you can.

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Rent a room in a neighbor’s home or maybe use a family-owned vacation property. Take a month off, weekends away, or even dedicate an entire vacation to writing. These times and places can become your writing spaces. Be creative. Let go of all your normal ideas. Wake up earlier or stay after work for an extra half hour to write. Spend a little time contemplating a creative way to create an amazing writing space for yourself where you look forward to going each day to write.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—The New Love that Will Demand Your Time, Love & Attention

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #11 A New Love by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #11 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Assuming you have been implementing all the writing practices thus far, you may realize by now that you have a new love—the love of writing. You may have already realized this, but acknowledging that you have a new lover is helpful. Friends and family may be jealous and try to pull you away from this lover, without realizing it.

Every relationship requires an investment of time, money, and energy if you expect the relationship to thrive. Your relationship with your writing is the same. Guard your time to write jealously. Do not let others pull you away from your writing time. Do not take your writing for granted. Invest the time, energy, and money in your writing avocation. If you need a new laptop, a desk, or other writing tools, be sure to make the investment, so that your writing may be easier, faster, and better.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Speaking of tools, my site dreamtopublish.com offers a multitude of writing tools. If you are writing a book Publish a Book Blueprint is a spectacular guide which teaches you about organizing your manuscript in preparation for publishing. Do you know what the difference between a foreword and a preface is? Learn all about the organization component in a book, and prepare your manuscript for actual publication today.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—The Art & the Craft of Writing—Which is the Most Valuable?

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #10 Art of Writing by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #10 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Learn the difference between the art & the craft of writing. The art of writing supersedes the craft. Seasoned authors are not concerned about spelling, grammar, and punctuation, because that is a distraction. Trained editors and proofreaders clean up writer’s work. Spend your passionate energy on the story you have to tell. Passion is what will drive your writing to the end.

Instead of being worried about the craft of writing, just let it rip. Do not be self-conscious or judge yourself. You can polish later. Simply write as you speak to get your story to flow. Flow your words onto a journal, or onto your blog, or word processing program. Your focus as a writer is to write with passion and tell the story, or teach your wisdom. The art of writing includes being present as you write. Bring the present into your writing to make exciting and intriguing for you and the reader. Avoid phrases such as “he was,” “there was,” “it was.” If you bring the present into your writing it will automatically be fresh and enticing.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Let go of perfect. The reason deadlines have become a standard in the field of publishing is to get it done. Perfectionism is one of the biggest traps in publishing. Understand that all major publications do contain printing errors. Get a good editor and proofreader, and then go with it. The art of writing makes it more important to tell your story than to hoard your story.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Clear Your Thoughts & Mind. Clean Your Office. Then Write.

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #9 Clear Your Mind by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #9 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

This writing hack has to do with setting the tone even before you sit down to write. Clear your mind before beginning to write. A cluttered mind makes for cluttered writing which will be difficult for the reader to follow. In today’s world of videos, gifs, movies, and TV shows, the act of reading requires more focus and time. Therefore, writing must engage the reader, and be clear, and concise with no tricky edges, or complicated concepts, if we are to keep the reader until the end. The writing needs to unfold in a clear, chronological and organized manner.

A cluttered mind, with emotional issues, mental challenges, can also keep you from writing anything. You sit at your writing desk and all you can think about is a conflict you had with your mate this morning, your to-do list or other your own insecurities. The best way to clear your mind is to do 5 minutes of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Whatever way you prefer to empty the space in your mind and connect with your creativity needs to be a daily habit. Once your mind is clear the words can flow and your writing will be easy to follow.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


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Writing Hack—Be Honest with Self to Produce Engaging & Authentic Writing

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #8. Get Honest by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #8 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

This writing hack is the bottom line for writers. When you write, whether it is journalism, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction you must be transparent. To create a bond between author and reader, the author must be honest. Making up a false character is fine for the narrative, but not fine for the author. The writing piece is not about you, and as the author, you need to stay out of the way of the story. Let the story take on a life of its own, by simply being honest as you write. Do not confuse the narrative with a story about who you are. Keep it simple.

In addition, as a writer, an incredible practice you can develop is to cultivate a practice of being honest with yourself. Keeping it real, as a person (and as a writer) will activate the flowing words! As a writer, you will constantly need to be connecting with “the muse” or “your source” and to do that, you’ll need to be transparent enough to let the story connect with you. Then, and only then, can you communicate the message to the reader.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


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Writing Hack—Get Over Yourself … Writing is for the Reader–Not for You!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #7. Get Over Yourself—Find Purpose by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #7 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

As writers, we sometimes find ourselves alone with the naked vulnerability of what we writing. This sometimes stimulates a protection mode, whereby we allow our ego to take over. In this situation, writing becomes about what it looks like and sounds like, rather than the essence of the story we intend to share. Writing can become about how famous we might be, book signings, podcasts, and how many books we sell, if the critics like us—or not. We may lose sight of our purpose, our story, and our creativity.

To keep this ugly aspect at bay, before you sit down to write, remind yourself of your purpose, and your inner joy. For those of us who love to write, we write with deep purpose—not with an idea to be noticed or famous. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a goal to become a best-selling author, but to achieve that goal requires an expression of our best creativity.

Writing should ultimately speak to a reader. The reader is in a relationship with you. The author-reader relationship needs to be a give and take. The ideal relationship between author and reader is one of equality. That means, sometimes, dear writer, you just need to “get over yourself!”

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


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Writing Hack–Mute Your Past English Teacher’s Voice & Write Recklessly!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #6 Write Recklessly by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #6 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Once you have formed your inspiration, writing space, and daily time, I am going to urgently suggest that you write recklessly. What does that mean? Your most inspired writing will flow when inspired. Write your story as it flows out of you, and do not be concerned one iota how it sounds. Make spelling, editing or any kind of errors, but first, get your inspired story down on paper.

Inspiration plus the idea are the most important aspects of good writing. We have the art of writing and we have the craft of writing. You can be a successful writer without the craft because you can hire someone for editing and proofreader, but you cannot be a successful writer without the story. Therefore, do not be distracted with spelling, grammar, or structure. Leave the image of the high school English teacher behind and write recklessly. She only was focused on the details. When writing a masterpiece you will be focused on the story, the flow, and the inspiration. Your story or knowledge that you are sharing is the most important aspect of writing.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

You may go back later and do some editing—or hire a professional editor. However, if you need editing tips, try our series called 10 Self-Editing DIY TIPS for a Smoothly Written Ride. It is an amazing series for getting your self-editing in order and will save you hundreds or even thousands in editing costs.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Do it Daily! Leverage the Super Power of Positive Habits.

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #5 Do it Daily—Writing Daily by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #5 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Writing daily helps to stimulate your creative juices. Even if you can set aside 15-20 minutes to write, this will increase your writing dexterity. The more you write the better-inspired ideas will flow through your fingers. At a certain point, we become one with the keyboard with the ideas flowing through where we as writers become the channel of higher inspiration.

At first, it might be easier to journal and write about what happened yesterday, or about a simple subject with which you are familiar. The main idea is to take baby steps with your writing so you will not intimidate or overwhelm yourself. Good habits produce great results. Bad habits produce horrible results. Develop the habit of writing daily, and you will propel your writing ability into the stratosphere.

Why write daily? Writing is like a muscle, which needs stimulation, air, and exercise. Something good happens to connect the nervous system, the brain, and the hands. Even if you feel you have little to write about some days—you can rewrite something you wrote before. In this way, you’ll benefit from the habit of writing daily in the long run.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


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