To take these exercises one step further, create a mind-map for each step on your learning path brainstorming all the ideas and information you know today about each step. I like to create my mind maps on big sheets of paper or a white board. However, there are some excellent free online mind mapping tools which are also very effective. I like www.thebrain.com, www.mindmeister.com and www.xmind.net.
Your mind map can then be transformed into an outline for the table of contents to your book. Use this template:
Chapter 1- introduction to the topic of the book and why you have an answer
Chapter 2- what happens when the problem goes unsolved
Middle chapters of the book- go through each point in your learning path with one or two chapters per step
Second to the last chapter- special instructions for areas of great challenge
Final chapter- summarize and motivate readers to implement the solutions in the book—-leave them with a smile and the belief they can overcome the problem
Now you have created order of chaos. When you can organize your ideas using these simple tools, you will free your creativity to produce more great ideas but they will be targeted to your book topic instead of a distraction.