There are many methods of how to write a book fast to choose from. I get this question a lot. How should I get started writing a book? In fact, from a recent survey of a group of aspiring authors it was their greatest concern.
You see I’m also known as a book success coach; so I’m always looking for an effective way of connecting with aspiring authors. One good way to get started is choosing what method you’re going to write your book
According to your season and/or your personality, you may favor one way over another. We all work in different ways. Here are three top examples of writing methods I’ve used along the way or my students have used to consider:
1. Use the “Ten Chapters with Ten Points” method. With this method, you take the topical information that you have gathered for the book. You divide this information into ten sub-topics. You use your existing information first; then you do research to fill in any holes. Create an outline from your list of topics. Write your table of contents from your outline. Take each sub-topic, write a chapter introduction, create ten points and a summary. Then you write your front and back matter including the book’s introduction. With the “Ten Chapter – Ten Point” plan, you will have at least 100 points to angle and use to sell your book.
Example Book Concepts: Photoshop CS5: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks (Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks) by Lynette Kent (Jun 28, 2010); 100 Tips For Blues Guitar You Should Have Been Told (Book & CD) by David Mead (Jan 1, 2006); Playing Basketball: An Arm Chair Guide Full of 100 Tips to Getting Better at Basketball by Arm Chair Guides (Jun 23, 2011)
2. Supply a Question/Answer or Problem/Solution Book. List all the questions you get asked in your practice, business or profession; take the top ten and answer in great detail each one. This guide is simple for the one who has tons of experience, credentials or degrees. You already eat, drink and live your topic. Simply, create a list of answers to the questions most frequently asked in your field. List at least ten; then answer each one in great detail. Include your stories, examples and illustrations to amplify your solutions.
Make sure they are the questions your readers want to know and not just what you think they want to know. One way to find out is to ask them. For example, you could conduct a survey of a group from your audience and use the top twenty-one questions. A variation of this plan would be to interview the top gurus in your field. Put your introduction, summary and the interviews inside your book.
Example Book Concepts: Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions by Gayle Laakmann McDowell (Aug 22, 2011); 10 Technology Jingles or Jinxes: What Your New Technology May Be Doing To You & How To Avoid It
3. Implement the 100 Day Plan. First things first, make the commitment. Write out the commitment to write your book in the next 100 days. Create a writing schedule to fit within the 100 days. Decide how long your book will be. Like, my book will be ten chapters long; so I will write one chapter each week. At the end of twelve weeks (100 days) you will have a ten chapter book. You might be asking why ten instead of twelve. In my 100 days to a book plan, I instruct my students to use first week for organizing and planning. They write for ten weeks; then the last week is for proofreading, polishing and make-up writing. You can find the details at http://bookwritingcourse.com
Example Book Concepts: 100 Days of Weight Loss: The Secret to Being Successful on Any Diet Plan by Linda Spangle (Sep 4, 2007); The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps: 100 Easy Changes to Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle by Cheryl Forberg RD and Melissa Roberson (Sep 29, 2009)
What method do you use to write a book now? What book writing method would you like to use to write a book? Let me know what you think about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
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