Work Breakdown Structure for a Book
May 23, 2010 12:29am CST
A book with 100,000 words is in reality a collection of smaller pieces of writing with varying word counts assembled to deliver a coherent message. So, first engineering problem. What's the best way to divide 100,000 words for subsequent production? I'm guessing that it should be less than seven or even less than five. Hmm. What if I can divide the total of 100,000 words into three major types of writing? What should these be? I can probably allocate 20,000 words for the main idea of the book, 50,000 for step-by-step instructions and 30,000 for examples. So, do I have a workable work breakdown structure? I'll go with this.
2 Jun 10
Thanks. I already got started on writing my book and as of today, I have written the lead paragraph of chapter 1 probably 10 different ways. Last night, I worked on getting my writing voice consistent with the purpose of the book. By next week, I'll be writing and blogging a lot to produce my target word counts.