If you’re a public speaker, author or entrepreneur, then writing a book can help you gain more credibility and more business. However, while many people want to write a book, most fail.
Here’s the six-step process that I use to write high-quality books in only 7 days!
1. Estimate your book length
First, you’ll want to estimate the length of your book. Approximately how many words do you want it to contain?
If you’ve picked a small niche, you don’t need your book to be all-encompassing. Instead of choosing to write about everything under the sun, you can be very specialized and keep the book short.
From my experience, my best-selling eBooks are also my shortest books. Generally speaking, most Kindle eBooks are between 12,000 and 30,000 words in length. I usually aim for 15,000 words and sell the book for $2.99.
2. Set a daily word-count goal
Since you have a goal of completing your book in seven days, you’ll want to set a daily goal that gets you there. For a 15,000-word book you’ll want to divide 15,000 by 7 to get 2,150 words per day.
Because you’ll probably remove some portion of the book during the editing process, you may want to add an additional 10% to your daily goal. In this case, you’d up the number to about 2,400 words each day.
3. Create a 3-hour block
For most people, to reach a goal of 2,000 words per day, it takes about three hours each day. For some people it may take slightly more or slightly less time per day. This really depends on your mastery of the topic.
This works out to writing about 670 words per hour. If that sounds like a lot to you, don’t worry. We’ll discuss later some techniques that can help you to write faster and increase your daily word count without having to spend more time writing.
The important thing for right now is that you commit to setting aside three hours of uninterrupted time each day to work on your book.
4. Use The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is my favorite for writing. It’s very simple: You set aside 25 minutes of uninterrupted time to write.
To do this you need to make sure you’re in a private, distraction-free environment so that you can give you undivided attention to writing.
The 25-minute block is called a “Pomodoro.” You can use a countdown timer to keep track of time – most of us have them on our computers or smartphones. You can also download the free Pomodoro app for your Android phone from Google Play or the $1.99 App for your iPhone from the iTunes store.
5. Utilize your outline
One thing that will really help you to write faster is that you’ve already created an outline while you researched. Now all you have to do is follow the structure of your outline as you write.
This can help you to quickly and concisely get across the relevant points. And, of course, as you write it’s good to share personal stories and examples to add some depth and personality.
6. Use Stream of consciousness writing
This is probably the single best writing tip I’ve ever received: to use stream of consciousness writing.
What is stream of consciousness writing? It’s when you simply write whatever comes to mind without thinking about it too much. Your goal is just to allow your mind to flow with words and to dump as much information as possible on the page.
This isn’t a time to worry about quality or editing. You just want to keep writing – in fact your fingers may struggle to keep up with the speed of your thoughts. Just keep writing and writing and let your fingers move quickly across the keyboard.