The key to writing your first draft in under 30 days is to organize yourself, create a clear plan for your writing and dedicate yourself to the process. This last part, dedication, really is the key to your success.
If you want to write your first draft in under 30 days, here are the things you need to do and the questions you need to answer:
Why are You Writing Your Ebook?
There are lots of reasons to write an eBook and your specific reason will dictate the kind of eBook you write. If you are writing because you want to share your knowledge or promote a business, there is a certain kind of product you will write.
If you want to make money through selling ebooks, then you will write another kind and so on. At this point, it is not important to go through the different types of ebooks, just write down your reasons for wanting to write your first one - make money, share your knowledge, drive traffic to your website, make affiliate sales, etc.
Keep those reasons handy as they will provide inspiration in the coming days as you write your first draft.
What are You Writing About?
Your topic is what you will be writing about. Now there are thousands of topics you can write about, but I would strongly urge you to write about something you are passionate about or know a lot about.
The more you know about your topic, the easier it is going to be to write about it. Most would-be authors get stuck with writer's block because they attempt to write about a subject they know nothing about.
What is Your Sexy Title?
By sexy, I mean interesting and eye-catching. You want a title that is going to grab your potential reader and get them to want to hear more.
Some of my favorite titles to use as great examples are:
- Rich Dad Poor Dad
- The One Minute Millionaire
- The Millionaire Next Door
- Fat Loss 4 Idiots!
Brainstorm a couple of great titles and write them down right now.
Who are You Writing For?
Besides yourself of course, who are you writing for? Who is your ideal reader or constant reader as Stephen King likes to call them.
When you know who you are writing to - beginner, advanced pro, casual interest person - you can easily figure out how much information to leave in or cut out of your writing.
I usually will write to my ideal reader when I am working on my first draft. I figure out what I have to explain in detail and what they should know already when writing one of my how-to products.
Create Your Detailed Outline
Now that the "why's" and the "what's" are out of the way, you are just one more step away from writing your ebook. First, you need a tightly written writing or table of contents. This will serve to keep you on track when you write.
My best tip for creating an outline is to take a blank piece of paper and a pen and think of your topic. Ask yourself, how you are going to solve this specific problem for your readers?
What is the first thing your reader will need to do?
Write the step down. What is the second thing they need to do? Write that step down too. Keep going with this process until you have all the main things listed on your piece of paper.
Write Your Own eBook - Time to Write
Once you have your outline, you have nothing left to do but write. Here is what you need to do to ensure success:
- Keep your outline handy and open up your MS Word document.
- Pick a sub-topic from your outline.
- Just start writing on that topic. Do not over-think this process. Just choose a topic, think about it for just a moment and write down what your reader needs to know about it. Just 3 to 4 sentences for each sub-topic should be your goal.
Why? Because your reader really just wants the facts and they want them immediately. They want to learn how to solve their problem and fast!
The perfect way to get to a quick solution to your reader is to keep your writing short and to the point. I like to target 25 to 40 pages in my special reports or short ebooks.
You Must Stay Focused
Stick with your outline and do not add any more topics or sub-topics. If you do not stick to your outline, you will never finish your first draft.
Write Every Day
Target to write about 5 double-spaced pages per day. Over the course of 30 days, that is 150 pages. This amount of material is way more than you need, but it is better to have more content than too little during the editing stage.
As you can see, your daily writing really adds up over time, so a realistic goal could be to finish your writing in 10 days and have a 50 page ebook. Pick a page goal that makes the most sense for you, your ability and the time you have to devote daily to your writing.
Reminder: Only Write a Little on Each Topic
How long it takes you to write your first draft all comes down to how much you write on any given topic in your outline. I try to focus on just a few sentences per sub-topic and you should too. You will finish your eBook in well under 30 days and your reader will thank you for just getting to the point. It is a win/win situation for the both of you!
So remember, stay focused with your writing. Give the reader the information they need and move onto the next topic.
Conclusion - How to Write Your First eBook in 30 Days or Less?
Warning: Forget all the other stuff that happens after you finish your rough draft. You should not focus on any of the graphics, editing, publishing and selling piece of the puzzle because it can and will get overwhelming.
Focus instead on the main step that is ahead of you: writing your first ebook. What are you waiting for? Now that you know how to write your first draft, start writing today.
Do not do anything else right now. Close your internet browser, put the cell phone on vibrate and clear your desk or kitchen table. In short, put everything on hold and start writing today!
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