Creating The Outline

The application you choose for writing your book is entirely up to you. After writing several books I have developed a method that works well for me and I will share that with you. However, it’s not the only way and while I find it best for me, you may have something just as workable and perhaps better.

I have used Word to create most of my outlines but am now using a program called Jarte. This is a free program that takes advantage of the Wordpad program that comes with all Windows operating systems including XP, Vista, and Windows 7. You can also use OpenOffice, an excellent and completely free Office Suite. Or, you can use almost any word processing software including Wordpad without the addition of Jarte. The advantage of Wordpad and Jarte is that it uses the .rtf file type which is compatible with almost all word processors whether Windows or MAC.

If you plan to create your final book on a word processing program then I definitely suggest that you use either Word or OpenOffice as they have the additional formatting options necessary to prepare your final book file. I don’t use them because my final files for either paperback or ebooks are prepared with a Desktop Publishing Program. There are many of these programs available but my favorite, which I have now used to create five books, is PagePlus made by Serif, a British software manufacturer. In future posts I will describe how it works and why I use it but for the next post I will describe how I create my outline for a book.

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