Posted on 04/26/2019 at 11:02 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One of the biggest pitfalls in the world of writing nonfiction is the risk of being overwhelmed.

That’s true of authors as well as readers — when you sit down to write your book, you can quite easily find yourself staring at a virtual pile of knowledge and no clear path to sort it.

Enter the reverse summary technique, as explained by Esbe van Heerden.

In it, you work backwards, obviously — the first step is to summarize your book, then create a table of contents from that, and so on.

Van Heerden has the subsequent steps and an explanation of each on The Creative Penn.

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