The recipes for writing your non-fiction book and the introduction offer room for creativity and innovation. But the book conclusion is pretty straight forward because your goals are to summarize the key ideas for your book and drive home your book’s primary goal.
Use this basic book conclusion recipe to help you tie up loose ends and clearly state what you want your readers to think, feel or do with the information you have shared.
Basic Book Conclusion Recipe
- A concise description of your book’s message.
- A list of the main points you presented in your book.
- A specific call-to-action OR a single memorable statement.
- Remind your readers of your main points. The conclusion is all about providing closure and helping your readers make sense of what they have just read. So help them out by quickly listing your main points that you want to drive home in their minds.
- Remind your readers of your central message. Your readers have already read everything you have to say on your topic, but opening the conclusion with a concise reminder of what you want them to think, feel or do with the information will help them process everything they have just learned.
- Tell your readers what you want them to do with the information. You have already told them what you want them to think, feel or do with the information, so the last part of your conclusion should describe the next step your readers should take. If you do not have a physical action that you want them to take, at least close out your book with a memorable line that will make an indelible impact on their minds.
A well-written conclusion allows your book to end with a bang instead of a fizzle. Your conclusion is not the place to introduce more information, it is only designed to wrap up what you have already shared.
As I mentioned in the other book writing recipes, you can get creative with how you use this basic recipe.
However, because this is the conclusion, it should focus more on signaling the end of your message, reiterating the key points of your message and challenging your readers to respond than on being creative.
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