I wrote my book in 6 weeks.
Here is my simple recipe to writing fast:
1/ ✍️ Outline, outline & outline
Build a very, very detailed outline.
You need to know exactly what you’re going to say at every step before doing any writing.
2/ 🚀 Ship
Don’t overthink the copy.
Just write it like you would explain it to someone else.
The copy will shape up naturally.
The first draft is always awful anyway.
I published my 7th draft.
As you write, ideas get clearer.
No matter how detailed your initial outline, you will have to re-write it over and over.
3/ 🌈 No inspiration
You don’t need inspiration.
At least you don’t need it all the time.
Seth Godin says that being a writer is no different from being a plumber, you show up and you write.
There is no need for inspiration, it’s like any other job.
I am not that extreme but that advice really helped me get through the initial setbacks.
4/ ⏳ Wait
Never ship what you just wrote.
Let it sit for a few hours/days.
Only then, start editing. You’ll have a fresh mind to see what’s good and what’s not.
Taking perspective is very important.
Taking a few hours off or having someone else read the work will get you over any overthinking trap.
5/ 🎯 Objective first
[this is probably only valid for non-fiction]
Keep in mind the initial objective.
A book is like any other product. It is created for a specific customer who has a specific problem (when it’s done right).
It is important to always keep that in mind and shape the book (content+format) for that specific customer.
So when you feel like your book is “doing what it says it does” — then maybe it’s good enough.
Does it solve the problem you wanted to tackle?
If yes, then it’s time to start closing the project.
6/ 🏆 Bring it home
It gets harder at the end.
Re-working the same paragraph for the 5th time will get frustrating. 😅
The urge to ship makes you less patient.
This is when you need to double down.
This is when you need to work harder.
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Here is me and my book 😊