Was writing a book on your list of goals for this year? With just one month left, are you feeling worried you’re out of time? Trust me, you’re not. It took me 10 years to write my first book – but only 30 days to write every book after that. What if I told you that you can do it, too?
If you’re an aspiring author, keep reading, because I’ll explain how you can turn your ideas into first draft of your manuscript in just 30 days. While it might sound like a daunting task, with the right mindset, organization, and strategies, you CAN get it done. I’ll explore a few key tips to help you streamline your writing process and complete your book within a month. Let’s dive in!
1. Set Clear Goals.
Before you embark on your writing journey, establish clear and achievable goals for your book. Break down your content into manageable sections, creating a roadmap that outlines what you want to accomplish each day. Having specific targets will keep you focused and motivated throughout the 30-day period.
One way you can set goals is by using chapters or words to keep you moving. If you’re writing a memoir, your total word count may be 60,000 words, which comes out to only 2,000 words per day – you can do that! Or, if you have plotted your book out in advance by major stories or scenes, you could aim to write a chapter every “x” number of days to reach your total chapter count by the end of the month.
2. Create a Writing Schedule.
Consistency is key when writing a book in a short timeframe. Design a realistic writing schedule that aligns with your daily routine. Whether it’s dedicating a few hours every morning or committing to a writing sprint in the evening, establishing a routine helps build momentum and ensures steady progress.
3. Embrace the Pomodoro Technique.
Break your writing sessions into focused intervals using the Pomodoro Technique. Remain focused on your writing for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Repeat this cycle three times, then you can take an extended break. This approach enhances productivity by preventing burnout and maintaining your concentration. Our in-house book editor, Allison, loves this technique!
4. Minimize Distractions.
Create a conducive writing environment by minimizing distractions. Turn off notifications, find a quiet space, and consider using productivity tools that block distracting websites during your writing sessions. This will help you maintain focus and make the most of your dedicated writing time.
Pro Writing Tip for Staying Focused: Take it from this mom — tell your family you need uninterrupted time alone. If you communicate with them in advance and explain what you need from them and when you expect to be done, they’ll be better able to help you stick to your writing goals and save their questions and updates for later.
5. Don’t Edit as You Go.
Resist the temptation to edit your work while writing the first draft. Seriously. Your goal is to get your ideas on paper; editing will come later. If you’re truly on a time crunch, you have to stay the course. This approach allows for a more fluid writing process, preventing you from getting bogged down with perfectionism.
With commitment, organization, and the right mindset, writing a nonfiction book in 30 days is a feasible goal. Remember to set clear goals, create a realistic schedule, embrace productivity techniques, minimize distractions, and resist the urge to edit prematurely.
If you’re serious about completing your manuscript in 30 days, I’m so excited for you! And I have to tell you about my special 30-day course, the One Month Manuscript. It’s a method for nonfiction authors that you can join to get more tips, techniques, strategies, and writing prompts — dropped daily — that will keep you moving forward and focused on your writing goal. It’s kind of like having me as your book coach and having a little 5-minute check in every day. I can’t recommend it enough! I hope to see you there. Good luck!