Last week I listened and viewed a webinar from Steve Harrison and Ann McIndoo on how to write your non-fiction book in 90 days or less. Ann has worked with well known authors such as Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Louise Hay, and many others. Her proven technique helped these authors sell millions of books and gain millions of readership, and it can work for you too.
Writing a non-fiction book in 90 days may sound like an awesome feat, but it can be done if you’re committed to your book. Make sure you’ve narrowed down your topic and want to write about it. If you’re not thrilled with the topic, writing your book could take more than 90 days. However, if you’re excited about your book and can’t wait to see it in print then follow the steps below to get it written now.
Tips to writing your non-fiction book in 90 days
1. Set a deadline. Like it or not, you need to commit to a deadline. Write it down on a calendar and post it all over your home office, refrigerator, and bathroom mirror. This way you won’t forget it.
Declare it to yourself and the universe you’ll write and publish your book. Create an inviting writing space that is free of distractions. Take action every night and write for 30 minutes or more. Or, write on the weekends for five or more hours. Do whatever it takes to complete your manuscript.
Imagine seeing your book published and arriving in bookstores. See yourself at book signings happily signing your name in the books of your adoring readers. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. You must believe it!
2. What is the structure of the book? How many chapters is your book? What are you writing about? What’s the order of your subjects? What are you going to say about topics? Create an outline because it can help you stay on track. If you’re unsure of how to structure your book, go to the bookstore and peruse the pages of your favorite authors. How many chapters are their books? How are they structured? What are the components? Also, write down three sections of the bookstore your books should be in, and visualize your book on the shelf. Mentally make space for your book.
3. Use a proven process that garners success. How did Tony Robbins and other well known non-fiction authors write their books quickly? What did they do? Dig into their bios and find out all you can about them. Who did they work with? What systems did they use? If you do this, you’ll be able to unearth their secrets to success and recreate it for yourself.
4. Author care and support group. Writing your book can be a solitary experience but don’t go it alone. Working on your own may discourage you. If you don’t have a winning plan, your book will never get finished. If you slack off, you won’t have anyone to hold you accountable. You may feel guilty about it but that’s it. Without support and feedback, your aspirations of publishing a book will die.
5. Special time: writing appointments. Create, set, and maintain writing appointments. Unless there’s an emergency, don’t skip your appointments. As always, make sure your writing environment is one you actually want to write in.
Bonus: 3Ds of writing
If you want your book written and published then be persistent, take action, and get out of your way.
- Trying to remember the title of a non-fiction book… (ask.metafilter.com)
- Gweek 007: “We keep all the shiny books” (boingboing.net)
- Totting up the 100 greatest non-fiction books (guardian.co.uk)
- 15 Excellent Tips for Writing a Book: Tip #1 (gointothestory.com)
- Ready to Write that Non-Fiction Book? (davidcalves.com)