I’ve been editing books for several years now and I’ve had an array of clients who’ve told me it took anywhere from four to twenty years to write a book. However, in editing a more recent book, my client, Dr. Pam Love Manning, informed me that she completed her book in 30 days! Yes, you heard that correctly-30 days. I was shocked to hear that myself. Who writes a book in 30 days?
“For anyone who desires to write a book in 30 days, it’s going to require a few things: scheduled time, a commitment to or rescheduling of that time, and the right environment to write in.”
According to Pam, the possibility of writing a book in 30 days is in the grasp of anyone who is willing to do the required work. She has authored several books (two in which I’ve edited) and can speak to this concept. In her own words (below) she speaks of how this is possible.
For anyone who desires to write a book in 30 days, it’s going to require a few things: scheduled time, a commitment to or rescheduling of that time, and the right environment to write in. Just like you schedule time for doctors’ appointments, work or time with customers/clients, you must make an appointment for yourself and protect that time as much as possible. Schedule writing time during the time of day when you are likely to be productive. I generally write later in the evening into the early morning because my energy level and ability to focus is greater at that time. You must also be committed to the process. It’s one thing to say you’re going to finish in 30 days or less, but it’s another to stay the course. There are two questions to consider: Do you have time to complete this book in 30 days? What’s the likelihood that you will stay the course, keep your scheduled appointment and finish your book by this self-imposed deadline? Finally, I’ve found that being in an environment that inspires you, has minimal or no distractions, and is comfortable will better support you in finishing your book.
Take it from someone who has done it several times. She has proven that it is doable, so chop, chop. We have books to write!