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Hi,

I have a lot of ideas that I would like to organize into a book, but I do not know know how. I have never written any piece of writing longer than 17 pages. The only preliminary step that I did then, was write an outline. I tried writing an outline for the book, but I only got confused because my ideas were all over the place. Can you please suggest what I should do as preliminary steps. If it helps, the genere of my potential book is philosophical.

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Dear Andrew,
Thank you for your questions. The best way to get the ideas down from your head onto paper is through "clustering." That's where you write one word, then circle it, then have spokes coming off from the word and you write in associated words. That's how the brain thinks, so it's the best way to get thoughts onto paper. I recommend that you buy and read the book, The Natural Way to Write. That book shows you the way to do it, then how to build outlines from your clustering. You can buy the book at Amazon through my page for writers:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html (click on good writing books link) or go directly to the good writing books page:
http://steamboats.com/bookswriting.html (click on the book cover).
I hope this helps. Feel free to write back again.
Sincerely,
Nori  

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