You have so much to say but can’t imagine how to put it down on paper.
I know that feeling. It is called writers’ block, “non-inspiration”, wordlessness, or maybe you just feel like being plain…lazy.
We have all been there – At least, some of us have. We have big ideas on our minds and stories dancing on the fringes of our hearts, words that we want to write down so that the world can see our thoughts and share our journeys with us.
But what a drag! The idea of sitting in front of a blank page on your laptop and tapping away till you reach a glorious 10,000 words of the story is daunting. Wait, did I say 10,000 words? You can barely bridge the 5,000-word continuum.
You want to write that story so badly, but you don’t know how to inspire yourself. You have probably read all the books about story writing but that is not really helping you. It is one thing to read all about writing a page a day or taking a writing class to learn all the techniques – When it comes to putting the pedal to the metal and creating the content that will make your tale come alive, none of these expert hacks are coming to your rescue!
You are at your wit’s end and on the brink of going to find a freelance ghostwriter to memorialize your ideas into some form of creativity for you.
It does not have to be so hard. It is possible for you to write your own story without having to shell out a few bucks at a freelance website for a writer to do it for you. Even better – You want to have your book ready as quickly as possible since you have been sitting on it for so long. You are thinking of a thirty-day timeline to get it done. It sounds impossible. But is it? Will you be sacrificing content by doing it so speedily? Can quick writing and good content exist together?
How do you write a good quality content book in 30 days? You can do so by using the often-ignored outline. It is the cure for writer’s block and lack of inspiration.
To create a book outline that will have you completing a book in thirty days, there are 5 steps to follow.
Identify your story idea
Ask yourself: What do you want this book to be about? A self-help book on Finance. A fantasy novel about an imaginary princess? A companion guide to a course that you are creating? The idea is the key that will drive you into expanding on how to write the story in steps.
Break your idea up into 3 bite-sized chunks
Let’s say that you want to write a book about Finance. The common issues in Finance today are credit problems, lack of savings or investments, and lack of a budget. These three chunks are all you need to build upon for making content that will multiply for your book.
Create steps for each chunk
Let us assume that you want to start the book with the topic chunk called “lack of a budget.” The best reference to use for any book is yourself. This is relevant only if the topic of the book relates to something you have experienced. In this case, most individuals have experienced a lack of savings, and you are probably not excluded from that boat. Think of your own personal story. How did you get to that point of not having savings? Could it be because you are an overspender? Or do financial disasters keep happening to you? Or you simply have not been taught on how to safe effectively? These questions that you have just asked yourself have created an outline for you already! Notice that you now have a three-part outline for your big chunk of topic about savings:
- How did you get to that point of not having savings?
- Are you an over spender? How do you deal with this?
- Are financial disasters happening to you and these misfortunes keep you from saving?
Find additional sources to add
You have created an outline from your own personal experience or ideas. Now would be a good time to go out into the big world and find out what experts are saying about the “chunk” areas that you have created. You may now search for data, statistics, history about saving and any other details that you think will make your book shine.
When you have this level of detail already going for you, and especially backed up by your experience and data from experts or other sources, how could writer’s block interfere with your inspiration? You don’t even need to write daily (though it is a good idea to do so for timeline’s sake!). Simply follow your outline till the end. This path can take you to the finish line in 30 days for a 5,000-word book – including a 10,000-word book. You may get ambitious and shoot for more, but let us start with baby steps, shall we?
Bonus: Seal the deal with a good blurb
I promised to provide you with 5 tips for writing in 30 days. Here is a bonus sixth! A book is not complete without a blurb. This is the short summary that you may find on the book’s back cover, or on the description page if you are selling it online. The blurb is what attracts customers to your book. It gives them a bird’s eye view of what you wrote about. Complete your book’s ensemble with a good summary of what it is all about so that your potential readers can be wowed by the idea before they even purchase the book.
Try this experiment over the next thirty days. Give yourself a chance to make your book publishing dreams come true – In 30 days or less!