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How To Write a Book in 30 Days

 

Introduction

Is this the year you will become a published author?

That’s what I want for you. Let’s begin at the beginning of the writer’s process and take you through to a finished book with your name on it.

“These days writing and not publishing is the equivalent of not writing at all. It doesn’t count. Ideas are not meant to sit in a drawer.” (paraphrased)

Seth Godin

Author, Entrepreneur, Teacher

30 Days? Really?

The premise behind How to Write a Book in 30 Days assumes a few things:

  1. This can be accomplished in 30 eight-hour days—240 hours. You can commit 30 sequential eight-hour days, one eight-hour day per week for 30 weeks, two hours a day for 120 days. Whatever your schedule permits, know that this can be accomplished in 240 hours of writing.
  2. You must write every day. Regardless of your schedule, you must develop the habit of writing daily.
  3. Your book will be 30,000 words. It may be a little more or a little less, but your target is 30,000 words when you’re finished.
  4. You must know your subject matter. If you’re going to write a book in 30 days, you’ve got to already know what you’re talking about.

What you will learn

We’ll begin at the beginning of the writer’s process and take you through to a finished book with your name on it.

You’ll learn the habit of writing and the science of forming an idea into a book that will take your reader on a journey, from beginning to end. You’ll learn to think critically and linearly about creating a path from the beginning to its logical conclusion. You’ll discover that a book is complete in itself; leaving the reader satisfied and looking forward to what comes next. You will learn how to become a better writer, conveying your ideas elegantly and with economy.

This series will also teach you about your reader. Your message speaks to a single person and your audience is made up of those individual readers. You’ll learn that your book is not a “product” to be sold. It is a package, that delivers your message. Your message is the real product. Selling your book is not a “transaction”; it’s an invitation to engage in the message. It’s about the promise you are making your readers. How to Write a Book in 30 Days will teach you how to assemble potential readers and enlist allies who are willing to help you share your message with the world.

Why should you listen to me?

I’m a writer and a publisher. I’ve written five books and our company has published more than 300 titles. We’ve sold more than a million copies of our books. The only people you should trust for advice about writing a book are writers with published books or publishers who published them. If you get both, that’s a bonus.

Homework

  1. Choose a time to write each day when you won’t be interrupted. It could be early in the morning before the world is awake or late in the evening, after the family has gone to bed. The important thing is to develop the habit of writing. Developing the habit is faster and easier when it’s the same time each day.
  2. Choose your writing medium. What are you writing with and on? A laptop? A tablet? Your phone? Legal pad? Journal? I used to write my first drafts on a legal pad. Today I use a bound journal. Bound journals are easier to organize and harder to misplace than legal pads. I was born into an analog world (1958). My native writing medium is pen and paper. If your native medium is digital, go for it. I know a guy who wrote his first book on his smartphone, on his train commute into New York City every morning. Just don’t make your medium something easy to lose and impossible to organize – like a cocktail napkin.
  3. Put your phone on do-not-disturb and close your browser. This time is for writing. Nothing else.

Let me know how you’re doing. If you’re stuck somewhere in this process, let me know by commenting below.

Click here to read Step 2 “Organizing your thoughts”