Writing a complete book is not easy. Sometimes, it seems like passing through a needle’s hole before finishing one! But if you have perseverance and a proper guide that we will provide you, it might be possible to happen in 30 days.
Here are the following tips that will guide you in the process of making your ebook in 30 days.
Day 1-2 Pick a Topic
Every book, of course, starts with this. You probably have a topic or some sort of idea. Something that you thought about last summer and keeps popping into your head now. Chances are, you would enjoy writing about it. But would your audience buy it? If you are writing a book just because you want to share your idea with people, then it’s not a problem. But if you are writing because you want to share an idea to people and at the same time, you want many people to get a copy of it, then don’t take a risk because your time will just get wasted. Think of it again and see what is best.
Day 3-4 Create an Outline
Your writing needs to be organized. There is no one foolproof approach to creating an outline. The best is the one that works for you, so choose wisely.
- Draw a mindmap. There are tools available on the internet that you can use such as bubbl.us to do it without leaving your browser.
- Write a list. Make a bullet-point list for everything you can think of that needs to be in the book.
- Examine other books. Book, Ebook or white papers or reports. Anything really. What subjects are mentioned in most of the outlines? Anything you should add to yours?
Day 5-25 Write
Not surprisingly, most of your time should be spent on the actual writing. Let’s assume that you will try for approximate 70 pages, with a couple of images here and there. This means you should be writing 750 words per day.
Here are the tips to help you in your 21 days writing progress.
- Write out your likely barriers. Author and blogger Roby Blair would likely agree. His blog post, “Write Every Day in 2014: 14 Steps for Forming A Writing Habit” encourages you to ask yourself:
“Rather than pretending you can just “do better this time” or “will through it,” acknowledge and accept these barriers. Are you likely to sleep in? Feel burnt out and unable to write? Will your kids distract you? Write out the most honest possible descriptions of your likely obstacles,” he writes.
“Where are you going to mess up? Come on, you’ve been living with yourself for the last few decades. You’ve got a pretty good sense of what’s likely to keep you from succeeding.”
- Figure out the best time of the day to work on your eBook. Only you can tell what time will best for you to work on your ebook. If you find that early morning at 6 AM is the perfect time for you to work on your ebook, then go for it. If you feel that evening is the best for you, then stick to it. The best choice is the one that suits you personally.
- Turn off distractions when you’re writing. This is related to the second tip. To make number 3, you need to figure out number 2 because if you don’t, distraction is always there. But not all possible distraction in your writing progress is time-related. There are also some things that might distract you in your writing progress such as a cellphone. So Turn off your phone and notification if possible. Clear your desk. No papers, devices, charger, nothing. Remove visual clutter from your workspace completely, so that it’s not even a subconscious distraction.
- Take breaks. Making a schedule is the best and practical way in every aspect of work. Set a timer for writing and for a break because you need it too.
- Keep writing every day. Write every day and if possible make it a habit. While certainly hard at first, it will yield high rewards after.
- Don’t edit while you write. I think most experienced writers will agree to number 6. It will not only make your writings good it will also help you write fast. You will write faster if you separate writing and editing. Let your draft sit overnight then edit in the next morning.
Days 26-28: Edit your eBook
This is the time you need to finalize the editing of your ebook before sending it to the editor’s hat. Scan your work, fix any typo that you will discover. Re-order sections and numbering. Then read the whole thing out loud. It will take time but your work will be benefited and of course you.
Days 29-30: Proofread and make final changes
This is not the time to sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor. You need to finalize your work. For the last time, scan your work and check if there are still errors that the editor overlooked. And congratulation! You have your Ebook! And make it ready for distribution.