For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box
Is it possible to write a book in only 3 days?
Well they say that anything is possible, and there are other authors who have written not just books, but prize-winning books in less than one week.
Famous entrepreneur Dan Kennedy once wrote a book in only 3 days.
Best-selling author Stuart Wilde wrote most of his books in only 2 or 3 days.
Dr Joe Vitale wrote his best-selling book “Turbocharge Your Writing” in only one day.
Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for “Rocky” in just 3 days.
So you see not only is it possible to write a book in only 3 days, if you’re really motivated you could finish it in much less time.
And if your book is good, the income from it can be phenomenal.
When Dr Joe Vitale first published his e-book, “Hypnotic Writing”, he sold 100 copies of this $29.95 book in only one hour. Three months later he’d earned a massive $45,000 from this one book alone.
Top copy writer, David Garfinkel, published an e-book called “Killer Copy Tactics” that brought in $35,000 in only 2 months.
So as you can see, not only is it possible to write a book in 3 days, it can also have great income potential.
And there is no real secret to writing a successful book apart from the three blindingly obvious things:
• Great Content
Firstly the content of your book has to be good. This doesn’t mean you have to write a huge book. No one judges how great a book is by the number of pages. They always judge it by its content.
Your book needs to benefit the reader in some way by providing a solution to a problem. So if they’re reading your book called “How to Build a Boat” then they need to understand exactly how to do it by the time they’ve finished reading otherwise they’ll feel they gained no benefit.
You also need to stay highly motivated to write a book quickly. You’re going to be doing a lot of writing over the next few days, but if the motivation isn’t there, you won’t finish it.
Lastly you need strong focus. Writing quickly means your attention must be riveted on what you’re doing without letting yourself be distracted by anything.
And don’t let yourself be overwhelmed at the thought of tackling something as big as a book length project, because you’re about to learn how to write a book quickly and effortlessly.
How to Write Your Book Fast
First of all you need to understand that the book you write doesn’t have to be huge. Dr Joe Vitale’s book “Turbocharge Your Writing” was only 22 pages long. Most books, of course, are longer than this but Joe’s book was successful and went on selling for years because he’s a great writer and the content in his book was exactly what his readers were looking for.
And now it’s time for you to write your book.
What to Write About
The subject of your book will be the same as your website niche because that is where you are going to sell it, so it has to fit in perfectly.
So you probably have a pretty good idea of what your book will be about. But again, you need to tighten up the subject as much as you can.
For example, if your site is about Basset Hounds then your book should be on one specific topic about Basset Hounds. For instance it could a book about caring for a Basset Hound at home and how they shouldn’t be taken for long walks because their legs are so short and their bodies are so heavy, and how they struggle to walk upstairs, and the problem with their ears hanging in their food and how they shouldn’t be made to jump up like other dogs (I just made all that up, but I’m guessing it’s true).
But can you see that even a really tight subject such as caring for a Basset Hound at home can spark off a whole range of ideas, even from someone like me who knows nothing at all about them? So coming up with plenty of ideas shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Once you know what the topic of your eBook is going to be, you need to choose 8 to 10 things to write about. Each idea can then be made into a chapter.
For instance, in the previous example about Basset Hounds having short legs and heavy bodies, you could write a chapter on the whole history of how that came about and why the dogs were bred that way and what they were originally used for (dogs are usually bred in a certain way because it used to serve a purpose).
No matter what you decide to write your book about, keep your subject tight and come up with 8 to 10 chapter ideas.
Write, Write, Write
You may be about to write your book in only 3 days but keep it in mind that it still needs to read like a book, so it needs a beginning, a middle and an end. When you’re writing anything, the best way to make it easy to understand is
• Say what you’re going to say
• Say it
• Say what you’ve said
This applies to just about anything you write whether it’s an email, an article, a report or a book. And it will give you a beginning, middle and an end to what you want to say.
So begin your book by stating what it is about and how the reader will benefit.
Then write the middle of your book and conclude it all by wrapping it all up and explaining what the reader has just learned.
Before you start to write make sure there is nothing – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – to distract you and cause you to procrastinate.
Ignore the telephone. Don’t answer it while you’re writing. If it’s important let them leave a message.
Don’t edit your work as you write. Editing while writing is creative suicide. If you’re using a computer, turn off your spell checker or turn off your monitor.
Don’t stop writing no matter what. When you’re writing, write.
If you think you’re going wrong ignore it and keep writing. You can’t go wrong if you know what you’re writing about.
If you think you’ve used a wrong word, just underline it for later consideration and keep going.
If you can’t think of a word you’re looking for just leave a space and move on.
Keep your writing simple. Don’t use big words and DON’T correct anything. If you think you’ve made a mistake, leave it. If it’s wrong you’ll pick it up later.
Just don’t stop writing. And don’t edit. Don’t go back over what you’ve written. Keep your hands moving.
Leave gaps or notes to yourself if you get stuck (if you forget a name or a date).
Forgot how to spell a word? Spell it wrong for now. This is just a rough draft so don’t fuss.
Don’t doubt what you’re writing. Your writing will be flowing more smoothly than you think it is.
And remember that you MUST NOT edit your work. You’re going to keep your hands moving and keep the words flowing.
You don’t have to get it right. You just have to get it written.
This article was a partial chapter excerpt from the new ebook The 12 Month Writing Challenge. This ebook is a step-by-step, month-by-month writer’s calendar of assignments to keep you writing and earning money for a whole year. If you’ve always wanted to become a full-time writer but just didn’t know where to start or what to do, this is the book you need. Even if you only have a few hours a day to work on your writing, you can earn a full-time writing income in just 12 short months.
About The Author: Ruth Barringham is a freelance writer and online marketer and has been writing professionally since 1999. She started her own publishing company in 2007 where she publishes all her books and ebooks. She also has an inspirational website for writers at Writeaholics.net.