30 days, that’s all it took for me to write my latest book. Also, I didn’t even write every day, only during the weekend. There is a growing misconception that it takes you years to write a book, well here I am telling you that you don’t need to spend years writing a book, you can just do it over the weekend and crack out a good book.
One of my biggest mistakes when writing a book is that I spent too long writing it. The first book I wrote which was about “How To Increase Your Website Traffic” took me 3 years to actually write. I spent many years editing, writing and adding content. But with the new knowledge and experience I have in productivity, I believe I could of cracked out that book in only a few short months.
If I only knew what I know now, I would of pumped out more books. Writing is all about productivity. If you want to do it successfully, you need to know how to become more productive with your time. You see, anyone can really write a book about something they are passionate about. They can write easily and freely. Yes they may need to work on their writing style and structure but thats doable over time.
When you’re writing about something you enjoy and love, the content just flows out naturally. You can’t really teach that. However what I can teach is how you can become more productive if you’re aiming to knock out a book in a month.
Here’s The 5 Ways In Which You Can Write Your Book In A Month or Less
In order to produce a good book, you don’t really need to write 300 pages. One of my favourite books is Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. It’s a small book but it covers just one key concept in productivity. The book is only around 80 pages but Brian Tracy sold millions of copies. Therefore if you want to be realistic, you can write a good sized book of 50 – 100 pages in a month. Let’s say your target is 100 pages per month, then your calculations would be 100 pages / 30 days = 3.3 pages per day. If you are like me and wanted to sit down and focus for an entire day over the weekend, my calculations was 100 pages / 4 weekends = 25 pages over the weekend and that’s what I did. Work out how many pages you want to write and divide it over the month.
Pockets of time.
Throughout your day, there are pockets of free time that you are not aware about. It could be on the way to work, during your lunch break, weekends, Friday nights, waiting time etc. These little pockets of time are gold for you can use them to work on a few pages from your book. This is what I did, I used whatever pockets of time I had to write a few pages into my book whilst aiming to hit my quota. If you have a spare hour, use that time to write. Don’t make any excuses, if you really want to finish a book in a month, get serious and allocate whatever time you have to writing a book. Wake up earlier, stay up till 2am if need be, do whatever it takes to write as many pages as you can.
Learn to write fast. Learn to let go of your thinking and judgements and just express yourself freely without any fear. This takes time to do but some of my best work is done through just letting go and writing my thoughts down on paper. If you’re keen, take a touch typing course and this will speed up your word processing rate. I’m a touch typist (the only usual subject I took in high school apart from basic math and english) Learning how to touch type will greatly help you and practice the art of focus and letting go.
I found that when I had a set list of chapters I needed to fill, I was able to fill in the blanks a lot quicker. However if you open up a blank page and just write, your structure is all over the place. When you have dedicated chapters that you need to fill in, you just automatically fill them in and move onto the next. It becomes a game and it works. So what I did was I setup my list of chapters that had no content and then over the weekend, I wrote as much content as I could into those chapters which motivated me to finish them all.
I tried writing in different environments such as cafes, at home, bars, while I’m drunk, while I’m smoking a cigar and more. This is up to you and whatever works best for you. However I’ve found that if I want to write some really good quality content, I need good focus music such as zen music with no vocals and a few chords, yes the number of chords does play it’s part. So finding your zone is important. My zone is good music, a place where I’m feeling comfortable writing with little distraction and for some weird reason, dimly lit areas seems to work for me.
I hope this list helps you write your book in 30 days or less. Keep in mind that it took me many years to write quickly and to hone in on my craft. If you feel like you’re not a good writer, maybe you’re good at something else but if you feel that this is something you can do for the rest of your life, it’s worthwhile investing as much time as you can honing in on this powerful skill of writing.
I believe writing can literally change someone’s life. The books I’ve read in the past have definitely helped shape my life for the better and if you have this powerful skill of writing, you can inspire, entertain and change people’s lives. You have this super human power that can make an impact on the world.
All you need to do is just get that book out and get it done, in 30 days.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.
PS. I’ve attached a video of myself documenting the day when I finished writing my book. Enjoy.