Let me start today’s post with a question. How many of you have noticed how fast people want things finished? Leave a comment below if you notice the same thing. Seriously– my observation is that we are living in a very fast-paced time. Just look at shows like “Married at First Sight” which is a popular social experiment that involves people who marry complete strangers, go on a honeymoon, and after 8-weeks, decide if they’ll stay married or get divorced.
I can understand if you “just so happen” to meet someone and fall in love with them quickly. Getting married without knowing the person seems unrealistic and dangerous, unless an arranged married is a part of your culture. I just think there are certain things that’s worth the wait and the time it takes to develop– like writing a book. Okay, my rant is over. Let’s get to today’s topic!
I’ve written a book in 30-days before, so I know it’s possible. With today’s technology, I don’t think it’s unrealistic to ask if it’s possible. The questions to ask is how can you and should you write a book in 30 days. Let’s quickly unpack these two subtopics one at a time.
How to write a book in 30 days?
The answer is simple: strategically.
When I participated in National Novel Writing Month, I wrote my very first Young Adult Fantasy novel. It’s not published yet. I wrote it because it was my personal goal. I always wanted to create my own world, my own creatures. Well, I made it all up and made it make sense in 30 days. The only way I could do that is to create a word count and stick with it no matter what. My first word of advice is to create a word count and stick with it.
Here are a few more recommendations:
Set yourself a realistic goal. How many pages or words do you want to complete each day. You should also decide which parts of the story you want to focus on first and make sure to keep a consistent writing schedule, even if it’s just a few hours each day.
Make sure you are organized. Break down the book into chapters and then into sections. This will help you stay focused and make sure you’re not wasting time trying to remember what you wanted to say in the previous chapter.
Focus on quality rather than quantity. Don’t worry about writing perfect sentences or paragraphs from the get-go; just start writing and then go back and revise it later. This will help you get your ideas down on paper and then you can go back and edit for clarity and flow.
Set aside some time for breaks and relaxation. Writing a book in 30 days can be stressful and tiring, so it’s important to give yourself a chance to rest and recharge. Take a walk, listen to music, or just spend some time away from the computer. This will help you stay energized and motivated during the writing process.
Should you write a book in 30 days?
In my experience, those who want to quickly write a book do so because they need their product fast. This person may already have a platform and need to quickly have something available. I’ve seen this happen many times from speakers, business men and women, pastors, doctors, etc. Any professional may have booked a conference and need to have something quickly in their hands. I wouldn’t advise putting “anything” together, however, if you are on a time-crunch, I understand. Gather the right team, and quickly get to work.
My recommendation is for new and aspiring writers to take their time. I’ve rushed and created books quickly and wish I would have taken more time to develop those books. Take your time. Writing a book can be a beautiful process. Enjoy the journey, or get AI (Artificial Intelligence) to write it for you. Just remember, Articifal Intelligence is not YOUR voice.