SELF-HELP BOOK CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE: A HANDY GUIDE

In my YouTube video on structuring a self-help book, I described the six parts of a self-help book. When you divide those parts into chapters, you may have one or more chapters per part. However, you might find that one of those parts, such as the action plan, just needs to be a section of a chapter. (When that’s the case, you probably have exercises scattered throughout the book.)

Here’s a handy guide to how to write a self help bookremembering the way these six parts are commonly broken into chapters in a self-help book:

Self-Help Book Contents

Introduction: How I Came to Write This Book and Do the Research, And How It’s Organized

Chapter 1: The Urgent Problem (Don’t Worry—You’ll Solve It!)

Chapter 2: How You Came to Have This Problem (The History of Your Woes)

Chapter 3: What You Need to Know Before Tackling Your Urgent Problem (Trust Me, It’s Important!)

Chapter 4: More Stuff You Have to Know Before Taking Action to Solve the Problem (No, You’re Not Done Yet)

Chapter 5: Even More Stuff You Have to Know Before Taking Action (Be Patient—Each of These Chapters IS Necessary!)

Chapter 6: The Action Plan (What You’re Going to Have to Do)

Chapter 7: The Action Plan, More Details (It’s More Complicated Than You Thought, So We Need Another Chapter)

Chapter 8: The Action Plan in Action (What It Looks Like, With Lots of Anecdotes So I’m Sure You TRULY Get These Ideas)

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting When Problems Arise (Those Special Times When You’re Stressed Out or Things Get Complicated)

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