A great structure makes the book easier to read and understand, but also makes it much easier to write.
• What’s your model? A good, organic model or metaphor is a huge help. Organic means it grows out of the ideas you want to communicate, it’s a natural way to explain it. If you find you’re chopping & squashing the information to fit your model, like Cinderella’s sisters hacking their feet to fit the glass slipper, maybe you need to rethink the model. Maybe it’s a model for one part of the book, not everything.
• What’s the reader’s process? How will the reader use the information and what order will they use it in? Map out the reader’s process or work-flow and see how your info fits into that.
• How did you come to understand it? Sometimes the ideas just feel too complex or interwoven to explain or divide up. But you reached your understanding, right? So go back over the process you went through, and see if that step-by-step makes more sense.
• How do you explain it to your friends? Communication actually comes easily to us; we’re humans and that’s what we do. Look at how you explain your ideas to friends and family. When you’re concentrating on communicating, not writing or planning, the order comes more naturally. Try explaining it a few times to different people then looking at what you said to them.
If you’d like help with your book’s structure and organising principle, consider booking Month One of the Springboard Programme.