How to Channel Your BookCourse Materials
Lesson 3 : The Reader Journey
As you complete each lesson, the tasks from the previous lesson will make more and more sense. Each lesson is designed to tune you into your Muse more and more and act as a precursor to the tasks in the next lesson.
Before you embark on this next lesson, make sure you have the following in place.
- a Mind Map of all the themes you wish to explore in your book
- an idea of the components you want to include in the book
- an idea of how many parts, scenes and chapters the book will contain
Note that nothing is cast in stone and your book will naturally evolve. As you will see, with publishing in the 21st century, it is easy to update books and republish new editions as new material comes to you.
This week, you will look at the book from the perspective of the reader.
This objectivity ensures you write a book that a reader wants to read and one that they can’t put down.
Watch the video below and then complete the Mind Maps, optionally using the templates provided below.
If you are writing a fiction book, the model is slightly different, mainly as it’s not usual to have introductory and closing chapters.
Task 1 : Design the Reader Journey
First profile your reader – their age, sex, likes and name some people you know that you’d like to read the book.
Optionally, you can use this template
Next, spend some time to design the journey through your book for the reader. Using your desired structure for your book, map their start and end states as described in the video. Add you ideas for chapter titles and the key learnings and points you will share in each chapter.
Use a blank sheet of paper and just complete the exercise in lists rather than in a Mind Map form.
Optionally, here are some generic templates you can use. Again, let me know if you’d like electronic versions if you have Mind Mappping software.
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If it helps, you can put on headphones and play this brain entrainment track while you complete this task. It helps sync both hemispheres of the brain, as well as the other mind centres.
Task 2 : Embedding Your Mind Map in Your Neurology
When we become a channel, it is not something that we switch on and off. Our Muse and guides communicate with us 24×7 and even while we are sleeping.
This visualisation can be used along with the reader journey mind map (or list) to help you tune into information while you go about your day.