Chapter 1: How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days

Chapter 1: Can You Write A Book In 60 Days?

Is it possible to write a book in 60 days? Yes. I am living proof. I have written 11 books and short reports—each in less than 60 days. Many other writers I know have written books in under 60 days too. It can be done. It is being done. You can do it. This book will show you how to do it.

When it comes to writing a book in 60 days there are a couple of caveats, as you might expect. The first caveat: the process outlined in this book focuses on writing non-fiction. That is not to say you can’t write a novel in 60 days. However, the process would be somewhat different from the one explained here. The next caveat is that I presume you have an idea for your book and are a subject expert or have acquired the information and knowledge you need to write your book. In other words, the 60 days does not include time spent on research or conducting interviews.

That said, you don’t spend the 60 days focused exclusively on writing the book either, at least not in the conventional sense of writing. Built into the 60 days is time to do the following:

– Think about your subject matter and your purpose.
-Determine how best to convey the information required to achieve your purpose.
– Identify what your readers already know and need to know.
– Organize and outline your book, which is crucial to the writing process.
– Write your first draft.

Notice I said first draft. In other words, the process I am going to explain here does not include (much) editing or proofreading. If you follow the process, you will write a solid, well-structured, comprehensive first draft. You will be able to conduct a final edit or send it to an editor for comments and proofreading. Then you can shop your book around to an agent or publisher or self-publish it.

You need the Three D’s

Just what does it take to complete a non-fiction book in 60 days? It takes subject knowledge, of course. It takes the ability to write, but you don’t have to be a professional writer. Finally, it takes the Three D’s: Desire, Discipline, and Dedication.

The fact that you have purchased this book demonstrates desire: you want to write a book. Good start. This book spells out a process and explains why you should follow it and it establishes a timetable, or the discipline, required to complete your book in 60 days. It is, of course, up to you to spend the time required to write your book. In other words, you have to dedicate the time required to complete your book.

Do you have to dedicate time each day for the next 60 days? Not at all. The time you spend depends on your schedule. If you can only work on your book one day a week, you can spread your 60 days over the next 60 weeks. If you can work on the book a couple days a week, you can complete the book in about 30 weeks. If you can work on the book every day, you can complete a solid first draft in 60 days.

With that in mind, let’s think about time. I suggest you write down how you are going to spend your time on your book and then commit to it. Create your version of the sentence below. Write it down. Post it where you can see it.

I will work on my book [every day, every Saturday, two days a week…] until I complete a solid first draft.

Working on the book does not mean sitting in front of the computer ruminating. It means diligently applying the principles and techniques described in this book. In short, if you want to turn your desire into reality, dedicate time in a disciplined manner to your book-writing project.

Does that sound like work?

It is work. Books do not write themselves. However, I am going to show you how to get to the point where you can say, “It’s all over but the writing.” Trust me, that is a wonderful place to be. Then I am going to show you how to write your book in short bursts or a series of focused chunks—section by section, or chapter by chapter—until it is all over.

Writing any book is not easy. But if you follow the process outlined here, writing your book is going to be one heck of a lot easier than sitting down in front of a blank screen and pounding on the keyboard, hoping to fill the screen with something that resembles a book.

Are you ready? If so, let’s begin!

[How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days is available from various online retailers as a print, Kindle,e-pub (Kobo) and PDF book – www.paullima.com/books]

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