According to this article that interviewed famous authorswhen asked how long it took to produce their debut novels, the answers ranged from four years to a decade. In other words, a very long time. But there is amazing news: Writing your book can take far less time than you think.
They assume writing a book requires months or longer. Without a doubt, the most frequent question people ask me as an author is, "How do you find the time to write? I've done it in less time, but that's unusual. Of course, research may take months or years.
Then polishing your prose--if you're a professional writer--can take almost as long as putting together the first draft. So from draft to final manuscript to agent or editor, you may need to invest six weeks or so.
But back to getting the first draft done: You may already have the content in your head because you're writing about a topic in your own area of expertise--often a how-to, self-help, or business book.
When that's the case, typically the only thing holding you back is a writing plan. Try one of these 10 tricks to speed you on your way: Map the entire book with idea wheels. I'm definitely not a proponent of the philosophy "just start writing anything" any more than I'd tell a driver who wanted to go from Columbus, Georgia, to Portland, Oregon, to "just start driving.
As with driving, map out the quickest route to your destination. Start with a small circle in the center of the page. Draw lines off that circle like spokes on a bicycle wheel for the sub-points. Label each of these lines with a chapter topic. Then draw lines off the spokes for the sub-points of those ideas.
This wheel or these wheels give you a map over the overall book. Your idea wheel serves as your book-writing GPS to get you to the destination by the quickest route. Pose 20 questions to yourself and then answer them. If you can't decide what your chapter topics should be--or you can't figure out the sub-points for any single chapter--pose 20 questions to yourself based on what people typically ask you about that subject.
Then answer each question. That's a chapter or a heading inside a chapter. If you can't decide what to do with any particular chapter topic, answer the five questions of the journalist: After you've filled in the answers, turn those questions into snappier headings.
Skim the TOC of similar books. Take advantage of Amazon's "Look Inside" feature to skim the Table of Contents of competing books to get ideas.
If the topic has been done before, go in a different direction. However, simply reviewing these topics will prime the pump to get your own ideas flowing.
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In it, guests are expected. If you’ve written a fiction book, it’s basically the only place you get to write in your own voice instead of a characters’, which can seem odd. If you’re a nonfiction author, you want to make sure that you’re writing in a casual tone, but aren’t straying too far from the tone used throughout your book.
Writing a book is a daunting task. Writing a. first. book seems especially so. Those attempting it may find themselves asking: Am I a good enough writer? When I was asked to write my first book Maximum Achievement which is now a worldwide bestseller, I was very clear why I wanted to write the book.
I wanted to be able to share the ideas that I had been sharing in seminars in a written form. How to Write a Book Analysis A book analysis is a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book, not a retelling.
It should focus on the book's purpose, content, and authority. A critical book review is not a book report or a summary.
It is a reaction paper in. I even blogged a book about how to blog a book, and it did land me a book deal with Writer’s Digest Books. I stand by my belief that blogging a book provides nonfiction writers with the easiest and fastest way to write their books and promote them at the same time.