Are you a lone writer who has been putting off a story idea, and you have decided it is now or never? Maybe you a part of a group of people that are determined to write a book together. Maybe you want to interview other people who can add insight for your book. I know from experience that I had someone who was encouraging me to share my ideas and experience.

Writing a book in a month can have its challenges. When I wrote my book I spent time a coffee shop where I could concentrate on one chapter at a time. I told a few people there what I was doing and they wanted to know if they could get a copy when I was done. The coffee shop wanted to help me promote the book. They could say that I wrote it while I was at their coffee shop. You can find many places to get away and focus on your book like being alone in a borrowed or your own cabin, a cozy place in the winter, stop listening to your own negative thoughts about it, have something ready to present at a conference, prove to yourself you can do it, prove to someone else you can do it, get a fresh start and just do it.

Here are some insights for writing a book in 30 days.Outside the Box

  1. Start with your mindset
    I forced myself to write with a positive mindset (no editing, not even for misspellings), and the more I just let the words flow, the better my stories became. It was much easier to stay on track and I could dive deeper into my ideas because I was spending time on them daily. The business book ideas have been used in other articles, blog posts, and newsletters.
  2. Track your progress
    Daily or weekly word count goals help you track your progress toward your end-of-month goal, regardless of whether you average the same number of words every day. You can use the word count tool in Word to determine how many words are in your document. You need to know what you are setting out to accomplish like number of chapters a week, words per chapter, and total word count for your entire book. Will it be a short story or a novel?
  3. Plan ahead
    Keep it simple and start with the end in mind. Have a outline of what your book is about. I wrote my ideas for content in a summary form and then determine a train related chapter title for each idea. Titles like, “Do you have a caboose?, “All aboard”, “Light at the end of the Tunnel”, etc.
  4. Be all in
    Your passion for your book will get you started, but discipline will see you through. The best way to succeed is to set a schedule, write like mad and never stop, even if you get discouraged. Get your first draft finished before you pay attention to how you feel about it. The first words will rarely be your best, and the fear of bad writing often keeps people from getting started. But writing is like jumping into a cold pool: You get more accustomed to it once you are all in.
  5. Find your rhythm
    I had never thought much about being a writer. I thought that it would take too much time and would never be able to complete it. One day, I would actually do it, I just wasn’t motivated to do it yet. I had a number of ideas and needed to come up with an outline of what I would cover in the book. Then one day I met with a business coach who highly recommended that I write a book. I was encouraged by what he had to say, but I didn’t get started right away. Once I did start writing I continued to make it a priority to write often and consistently. After I had finished a few chapters I printed off the draft and my wife read it and provided some editing for grammar and punctuation.If I can do it, so can you! It helps to have a general idea of your story and ideas before you begin, but once the clock starts, get cracking! Don’t fret over word choice or chapter titles. Don’t reread and edit. If you decide to change your chapter title just do it and move ahead. You can fix it when you sit down with a smile to read your completed draft, red pen in one hand and a coffee in the other.
  6. Take advantage of every spare moment
    If you are like me and have a full time job, you might be hard-pressed to find time to write. What I did was write at every opportunity I could find. I wrote between meetings, during a lunch break, or early in the morning. When I started I spent too much time overthinking chapters, ideas and points I wanted to make, to the point of making my stories too wordy. I would sometime have the same idea or quote in multiple chapters. By having someone else read the draft it reveled the areas where duplication of thoughts were.
  7. Unplug
    Forcing myself to write when I wasn’t feeling “inspired” was one of my biggest obstacle. I would discourage myself every time I started to think about writing. I soon discovered that just typing away was the key. The more I typed, the more the words just came. And out of the incomplete ideas came a thoughtful sentence, and then another, and another. I had to sift through a lot of ideas in order to find a few treasures. But I did find them.

Bonus idea:

Write fearlessly
The secret that I found is to just write about the topic and leave the rest to the time you spend reviewing what you wrote. Just keep writing and let the ideas flow. Looking forward to reading your book.

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