Episode 109: Being a Cookbook Writer: How to Stop Feeling All Over the Place

Episode 109: Being a Cookbook Writer: How to Stop Feeling All Over the Place

Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent time talking to Food and Nutrition Experts and Food Bloggers who want to write a cookbook. Many of them told me that they feel all over the place. When we feel all over the place, it’s typically because our thoughts are all over the place. So in today’s episode, I want to break down some ways to rein in your thoughts about your cookbook project and what to do when you feel all over the place:

  1. Write down your idea
  2. Write down your why? Why I Write Cookbook Episode 38 of the podcast
  3. Identify your reader. 
    1. What is the burning issue you want to talk about? 
    2. Where do you want to take them? What story or journey are you going to talk about? 
  4. Narrow down or layer the topic with two stories or journeys. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  5. Look at competitive titles. This shows the possibility. How will your topic be different?
  6. Create a loose outline for your book. Capture the main topics you want to convey. Do you still feel all over the place – that means your thoughts are still all over the place. What are the main thoughts you want to convey to your reader?
  7. Start your research for what you don’t know. 
  8. What recipes will best help you convey the idea you want to talk or teach about?
  9. Create a loose recipe list to go with your loose outline

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