You can write a book in 2 weeks or even 30 days if you work hard towards it, nothing is impossible, but the thing is, your everyday life will always have a way of stepping in and giving you a little distraction will you’re trying to accomplish that goal (work, school, kids, gym, kids again lol and more work lol).
Here are a few practical tips/steps that I used and still use to complete my best-selling books:
- Pace yourself. Plan out how much you plan to write each day to meet your goal of 100 pages in 2 weeks. (That’s approximately 7 pages a day, but you’ll probably want some time to revise, so go for 8-10 pages a day (If you have the time.) Listen, this is going to take a lot of dedication, passion, and perseverance. Don’t panic, just work! if it means a lot to you, you’ll find a way.
- Jot down your ideas when you’re not writing. If sudden inspiration strikes and you can’t write at the moment, record them so you don’t forget later. Having a good app is beneficial is crucial to your success as a writer and someone up to date with technology lol
- Don’t worry too much about logistics at first. Just write all your ideas. Keep going and don’t dwell too much on the perfect word or way to phrase something. You can polish all of that during the editing period (thats easy, and you can even pay the an editor to get that done for you, or a very professional friend or professor). Stopping too often to change details will make you lose your train of thought and set you up for procrastination.
- Beat writer’s block. It’s bound to happen (trust me, it will). Find out what works for you (e.g. reading, taking a quick jog, working out, eating lol idk. Every writer has their own preferences.)
How I got through my first manuscript in 30 days and a half.
I suggest a few things to help with this:
- Start with an outline/basic idea of what you want. This will help prevent writers block and major rewrites later on.
- Don’t stop to consider word choice, sentence structure, etc. Just write and keep writing until you’ve blasted through your word count for the day (Set a goal each day). You can always edit later (don’t waste time doing too much at once).
- If you are goal-driven, like I am :), give yourself daily/weekly goals to achieve. This will help keep you motivated and focused on the goal.
- When you’re not writing, keep something with you to take notes on (you phone or a small notepad, I use both, nothing beats handwriting to me). You may get inspiration randomly sitting in a meeting at work, at the doctor’s office, or just walking in the street minding your business. If I’m going somewhere where it’s acceptable, I usually carry my iPad and/or my phone, so I can write straight into the document when I’m away from my computer.