Content of the material
- Reader Success Stories
- What is Self-Publishing School?
- Issue #3: Create a Writing Plan and Stick to It
- Step 1: Set Proper Expectations
- Step 2: Schedule a Writing Time and Choose Where You’ll Write Every Day
- Step 3: Set a Writing Goal
- Step 4: Set Your Deadlines
- Step 5: Announce the Book
- Step 6: Share Your Daily Word Count
- Through the Woods
- 3. Write Your First Draft Quickly
- 7. Abandon Perfectionism
- Can a Person Read a 400 Page Book in One Day?
- The Comfort Food Diaries
Reader Success Stories
Montse Tepoz Mar 5, 2017
“This article helped me by telling me how to prepare to read a full novel. I usually read in sections, because that is how your brain takes in all the details but, now I know how to be motivated to read more. This might even help me prepare for a test of a story so I can reread it in one day. Thank you to the people who have written this article to make people like me read more.” …” more
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Issue #3: Create a Writing Plan and Stick to It
Whether they’re experienced or inexperienced, every Author faces obstacles. The difference between the Author writing their first novel versus the Author writing their 10th is preparation.
Experienced Authors anticipate the challenges that come during the writing process, and they know exactly what to do.
Authors writing their first book are the opposite. And because they’re not prepared, they’re more likely to quit when they get stuck.
Creating a writing plan is a way you can overcome these obstacles along the way. By defining how, when, and where you’ll write, you’ll have structure to fall back on when the writing gets difficult.
Follow these 6 steps to make your own writing plan:
Step 1: Set Proper Expectations
One of the main differences between writers who finish their books and those who don’t is their expectations. The Authors who expect the following in the first place are less likely to quit:
- It will be hard. Good books take hard work to write. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either trying to sell you something, has never written a bestseller, or writes terrible books.
- It will be exhausting. You will get tired and drained if you’re doing it right. Give yourself enough time and space to rest and recover along the way.
- It will be confusing. There will be moments when you’ve wondered if you’ve said what you wanted to say. Rewriting is normal.
- It will be overwhelming sometimes. Stressful feelings and thoughts will cross your mind throughout the process, and when they do, they’ll overwhelm you. Self-doubt is not unusual.
- It will be emotionally uncomfortable. Writing a book pushes you because it will expose many of your deepest fears. This part won’t be fun, but as I wrote earlier, you have to acknowledge your fears.
Step 2: Schedule a Writing Time and Choose Where You’ll Write Every Day
There are many aspiring Authors who wait for inspiration to strike before writing.
Those Authors will never succeed.
If you want to finish your book, you can’t wait for inspiration to come. You need to create the conditions that spark inspiration instead.
You have to sit your ass down and write nearly every day. The same time, the same place, until you finish your book.
This doesn’t mean you need to write full time, from 9 to 5. You just need to set up a writing schedule that outlines when and where you’ll write.
Step 3: Set a Writing Goal
For each writing session, have a specific target to hit. I recommend a goal of 250 words per hour.
Because 250 words is the approximate number of words per one page in a printed book. It also makes facing that blank page less intimidating. Since it’s a low number, you’ll reach it more times than not, which will feel good and inspire you to keep writing.
Writing 250 words might not seem like much, but it adds up if you’re consistent. If you write only 250 words a day, you can finish the first draft of a 120-page book (around 30,000 words) in about four months.
Step 4: Set Your Deadlines
Every Author needs deadlines. They encourage you to take action, and they hold you accountable to the process.
Below are some general guidelines for setting your own deadlines (based on how fast you want to finish your book):
- If you want to finish your book fast, set a deadline of a chapter a week.
- If you want to work at a reasonable speed, give yourself 2 weeks per chapter.
- If you want to take the process slow, deliver a chapter every 3 weeks.
- If you’re busy, give yourself a month to finish a chapter. But question whether you even have the time and dedication to do this.
Step 5: Announce the Book
Use whatever social media platform you like to tell everyone that you’re writing a book. Telling people what you’re working on will hold you accountable during the moments you start to waver.
Your announcement can include what your book is about, who it’s for, and more—it doesn’t matter. The point of announcing your book is to claim your intention to the people you care about.
Step 6: Share Your Daily Word Count
When it comes to accountability, setting deadlines and announcing your book are your first moves to make. But there are other ways you can hold yourself accountable, too.
One of the most reliable ways is to share your daily word count. In our Guided Author program, all our Authors do this with each other through our private community.
Posting your word count will give you the daily push you need to ensure that you sit down and write your 250 words. You’ll also receive encouragement from others to keep going. Plus, sharing puts peer pressure on you, which reinforces your writing habit.MORE RESOURCES:
We wrote an entire book on how to write and publish your nonfiction book. It’s called The Scribe Method.
We also publish a podcast called Scribe Book School. You can find it wherever you get your podcasts.
Through the Woodsby Emily Carroll
5. Give graphic novels a shot.
The visual format of a graphic novel has always appealed to me, and I tend to speed through them. Emily Carroll’s masterful horror comic collection Through the Woods took me an hour and a half to get through—the art is so beautiful it’s tough to tear your eyes away.
3. Write Your First Draft Quickly
The hardest part of any writing project is the first draft. If you haven’t written much before, filling the blank page or screen with words and stories is an intimidating prospect.
Great writers know that the only job of the first draft is to exist. So, get the words out of your hand and onto the page as quickly as you can. Don’t stop to edit yourself or fix mistakes and other issues.
When in doubt, keep writing!
7. Abandon Perfectionism
If a blog post is holding you up, accept it’s not going to be perfect and commit to press publish by a certain date.
If you’re struggling with an article, contact your editor, ask them to review your work, and provide editorial direction.
If you’ve been tinkering with a short story for months, find a writing competition, and then use their deadline as your deadline.
If your book is taking longer than you’d like to write, stop researching the book and focus on writing it.
You can also:
- Stop watching television (or get rid of it)
- Document your word count and how much time you spend writing in a journal and use this information to identify what’s holding you up
- Disconnect from the internet while you write
- Hold yourself accountable by making a public commitment to friends, colleagues, and readers to ship your work
- Write the end of whatever you’re writing and then work backwards
The trick to finishing stubborn writing projects is to work a little on them every day.
These small wins will help you gain momentum and make small but determined progress towards the finish line.
Can a Person Read a 400 Page Book in One Day?
If we take that an average person reads 200-250 words in a minute and that every page has around 300 words on average, that would mean that a 400-page book has around 120,000 words in it.
Now, when we divide the number of words by the number of words that an average person reads per minute (let’s take 200), we get 600 minutes. That would be 10 hours of reading.
So, yes, if you have 10 hours for reading in a day or if you read slightly faster than an average person, you can finish a 400-page book in one day with ease. Let alone if it is an interesting one.
It may sound intimidating at first to get started on your journey. However, there are amazing benefits that come from mastering reading a book a day or honing your speed reading skills.
The Comfort Food Diariesby Emily Nunn
8. Read when you eat.
You don’t need to take a break for a meal! In fact, a good book is part of a balanced diet. Food can also enhance the experience of what you’re reading—I definitely recommend Emily Nunn’s The Comfort Food Diaries with a side helping of pie.
9. Take breaks.
This is so, so important—put the book down sometimes. It sounds counter-intuitive, but you’re more likely to retain what you’re reading if you give your brain a break. But make sure whatever you grab is good enough that you’ll be dying to pick it back up again.