How to plan a book from scratch

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Are you scared? You should be!

Planning a book should be scary because it is a huge accomplishment. Here at Yellow Scribe, we care about your publishing journey.

The other day, I was sat awake at night pondering on how long it would take me to write my book. I had the idea a few weeks prior – and I thought I’d write the story of Yellow Scribe and how it came about. I grabbed a pad and treated myself as if I was one of my own course students. I jotted down the details and as soon as I was finished – it was like a huge weight was being lifted from my shoulders.

Bear in mind that you don’t have to follow these steps if you’re enrolled in any of our courses, be it the 6-week or 90-minute, because all of those include a brainstorm session wherein your coach will do the steps for you. (The steps are planning, organising, and reflecting…)


The most vital step that comes before anything else – This is where you’ll pin up the preliminary concepts and ideas. You can then move onto organising, which is a more refined stage.

  1. To begin, we will need to leave a line at the top of your notepad for the title to go in, when you decide it. It’s usually best to decide the title when it pops into your head – anywhere along the writing process/at the end, is okay.

  2. Under this blank line, write your ideal word count goal. For me, it was 26,000. That meant I could complete the book in a month, and I wouldn’t even have to do 1,000 words a day.

  3. Now, we’re going to divide up your book into sections, pertaining to that word count goal. Decide the goal words for the intro and outro. I suggest 1,000 each, so you can get the maximum amount of detail in there.

  4. Your chapters don’t have to be the same length, mind. You can choose how long you’d like them to be. As long as all of your sections add up to the goal word count.


Are you ready to put all of this into organised sections?!

  1. You’ve got the intro and outro accounted for, so you should write those after the body text of the book. (The body text refers to the story and main part of your book)

  2. What was your book about? How much detail do you want to go into? It’s very important to map out the title of each chapter, along with some bullet points. Here’s an example.


It’s important to set a time frame. You can set reminders on Google Calendars if you’re like me and work better on a schedule, or you can write organically and let the writing flow when you’re more in the writing mindset.

Please note the following questions down in your notebook, and plan your schedule according to them…

Draw a timeline horizontally across your page, and put dates and times in it so you know what to do and when…

Stick to this and push yourself to achieve this word count goal. Set it realistically…

Ensure you don’t burn out by setting yourself a few rest days. My rest days are the weekends, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are allocated for clients – meaning if I have no clients, I can relax…

If your goal is 30,000 words, you could divide it to do 1,000 words a day, every other day, for two months. This will allow for rest between writing days, and two months is a great time-frame to write a book in…

Thank you for reading this article, and don’t forget we have a range of amazing one-on-one course options.

You can have a look at our courses here. Get into contact if you’d like to arrange a free consulation call with one of our coaches.

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