Next we need to identify the gaps: the ideas and concepts that are incomplete or missing.
Once you’ve got all your data on the table, categorized into chapters and/or sections, you’ll see some obvious gaps; things you know should be there, but aren’t, or things you didn’t realize were a logical part of this book.
There are two options—you should be very aware of what you’re doing at this phase to avoid going down the wrong path.
It’s easy to add more content, filling the gaps. This might be a good option if your content is easy to carry around in one hand while you carry your laptop in the other.
If, on the other hand, you have to stack two moving boxes to carry all your notes, perhaps a better plan would be to find a break point where you can create a natural feeling of conclusion or summary and end the book there.
You do not have to write a long book. In fact, a short book is much better. More people will actually buy it. More of those who buy it will finish it.
And then, you can turn the rest into a second book. And a third. And so on.
Once you’ve decided where the gaps are in the content you intend to use for this book, identify what goes there. You’re not writing it now, just giving it a label that’ll help you remember it later.
Well, not much later. In fact, that comes next.