How to Write a Book Summary, Step-by-Step - Deepstash

How to Write a Book Summary, Step-by-Step

  1. Decide who it’s for
  2. Start reading (with a “teacher mindset”)
  3. Highlight and take notes
  4. Write mini-summaries for each chapter
  5. Organize your mini-summaries
  6. Condense main points to a bullet list
  7. Use bullet list to write your final summary

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Write Your Summary

All you have to do is convert your bullet list to paragraph form. The key here is to avoid rambling. Remember, this is a summary. You’re not re-writing the entire book.

If you have a specific page restriction, here’s another tip to stay under the limit:

Page Limit ÷ Number of ...

Steps for writing a book summary

Writing a book summary consists of three steps.

  1. Take notes while you read.
  2. Write the main takeaways in your own words.
  3. Continue to summarise over time (progressive summarization.)

Condense Main Points Into a Bullet List

Scan through each summary and pick out the most important ideas & plot points. Jot these down in bullet list form on a separate sheet of paper.  

When deciding which fictional plot points to include, ask yourself, “Is this information vital for understanding the ‘big picture’ of the story?”...

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