Here's a 9-step system or process to solve the problem of how to write a book in one day.
You may think this is impossible but other people are doing it so why not you?
Step #1 - Commit To The Goal
Make the decision that you are going to write a book in one day.
To do this you must allocate the time, set a deadline for completion and switch off all distractions.
Get a timer to time your working sessions. Ideally start with two 90 minute sessions with a 15 to 30 minute break in between in the morning and then break the rest of the day into 25 minute sessions with 5 minute breaks in between (- the Pomodoro Cycle.)
Here's a good free online timer - http://www.e.ggtimer.com/
Step #2 - The Topic Of Your Book
If you do not already have an idea for the topic of your book, this is the next step. Allocate 30 minutes for this purpose - start the timer now.
Here a 3 ways to do this:
- Brainstorm ideas with a piece of paper or on a mind-map like Xmind (- it's free)
- Head over to Amazon books and check out the niches you are interested in and look at the best-selling books in each niche
- Head over to Ezine Articles and get some ideas from there.
Honour the deadline and go with your gut instinct about your chosen book topic.
Step #3 - Research Your Topic
Set your timer to 60 minutes to research your book - focus and work fast.
Here are the sites to use to carry out your research - pick out the main points and jot them down on your paper or in your mind-map:
- Amazon books
- Dummies books
- Google your topic
- Check out videos on YouTube
- Yahoo Answers
- Ezine Articles
The aim is to compile a general research document - if necessary, with links to good articles.
That is your first 90 minute session over
Step #4 - Order Your Content
If you haven't already done so, put your research into logical order with 7 to 10 chapter headings and 3 to 5 sub-topics.
Tip: If you are not sure what to include under each chapter heading, put your chapter heading into Google and see what Google suggests.
Don't forget to add Introduction and Conclusion headings to your book!
I find using a mind-map like Xmind the best method because you can easily move your topics around and arrange them in a logical sequence that takes your reader from start to finish in a step-by-step process.
Allow only 60 minutes for this.
Step #5 - Write Your Book
Write your book in 25 minute sessions, with 5 minute rests between.
Work fast and do not stop to edit at this stage - that comes later. Just get it down on 'paper' and do not aim for perfection.
Each chapter should take no longer than 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your speed. You are aiming for 500 to 1,000 words per chapter.
Step #6 - Proof-Read Your Book
Take a break before you proof-read your book so your focus and energy is high.
If possible read it out aloud to make sure that it flows well and attend to all spelling and grammatical errors.
Depending on your grammatical skills, get someone else to proof read your book as well - there is a 'Review' function in Microsoft Word which allows you to see what alterations your proof-reader suggests.
Again, set a deadline for the completion of this task. 15 or 30 minutes per chapter should be plenty!
Step #7 - Second Proof-Read
Depending on your grammatical skills, get someone else to proof-read your book as well - there is a 'Review' function in Microsoft Word which allows you to see what alterations your proof-reader suggests.
Again, set them a deadline for completing this task.
Step #8 - TheTitle Of Your Book
The title of your book is the most important factor in getting someone to 'pick it off the shelf' so take some time now to work on this - it's effectively the headline.
Ideally your title should be no longer than 4 words with a longer sub-title.
The title should be 'bebefit-orientated' i.e. clearly convey to the reader 'what is in it for them' if they take the time-out to read it.
Come up with 10 titles. Pick out 3 to 5 of your best titles and then ask your friends on social media to tell you which they like best. Incentivise them by offering them a free copy of your book.
Step #9 - Publish Your Book
Here are some of the platforms that you can publish your book on:
- Kindle - recommended
- Amazon CreateSpace - recommended
- Nook (Barnes & Noble)
- Kobo (Chapters)
Formatting your book for publication is beyond the scope of this article but once you have done it once or twice, it becomes easy!
Your book needs to be at least 2,500 words in length but you can easily pump out 10,000 words if you are fast and focused.
Most people prefer short, focused books to read (particularly if they are digital) that solve a problem in their lives or entertain them. 50 pages is relatively easy to consume so don't think that you must pad out your content in order to give value.
It's sad to say that many will not read past the first chapter of your book, so make sure that this is really good if you want them to read on!
You now know how to write a book in one day - follow the steps and you will be golden!