How to Write a Survival Guide

How to Write a Survival GuideSo you have decided to write a guide on how to survive. You have insight, knowledge and a passion to create a guide designed to help people survive in a difficult situation. Before you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard as it were, you will need to make some decisions regarding the scope of your project and the information to be presented. Survival is a broad topic and may be applied to various regions as well as situations.


Difficulty: Moderate

Tips on Writing

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Drawing supplies (paper, pencil, eraser, etc.)
Step 1
Organize your approach for presenting survival information. Starting a fire, for example, would seem pretty much standard. Strike a match, light some tinder, add wood and there you go. However, the tinder and wood (if there is any) will vary from the desert to a coastal setting to the frozen tundra. The same holds true for collecting water, finding shelter and so on. Narrow your approach and pick a region or situation on which to focus.
Step 2
Use the K.I.S.S. method: Keep It Super Simple. This is a good way to present survival information. Imagine being lost, opening a survival guide and finding that you must now sit down and pour through long paragraphs to decipher the information you need. Present a situation, what needs to be done, tools or methods needed and easy to follow information. Include more than one way to perform a task.
Step 3
Present the information in a positive manner. Fire building, for example, is a necessity in warm weather or cold weather. Why? Because a fire is as much psychological as it is practical. Creating a fire can keep you warm, keep animals at bay and be used to cook food. However, fire building is also a means of controlling and affecting the outcome of a situation. Even without the survivor knowing, tools can be provided to help maintain a positive outlook.
Step 4
Consider the visual learner. People learn and assimilate information in different ways. Some are visual learners and others are auditory learners. Provide pictures or drawings to go along with the written instructions. Consider using notes added to the side with tips and additional how-to information. The more information a person has, in a variety of formats, the better off he may be.
Step 5
Create a comprehensive guide for the region or situation. Gather as much information as possible from a variety of sources on the region or specific situation. Check and double-check facts and information. Attempt to present the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible.

Tips & Warnings

A good place to start is by looking at other guides on survival. What are others doing and how can you do it better?

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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