Plan your non fiction book #15 – Your writing process

Your writing process

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Whatever that way is, it is perfect. When we want to go somewhere, we use a map. Your process is your unique map.

To find out what your map is, it would be useful to understand how another writer writes and notice his or her patterns. In a perfect world, we should be able to interview, watch and fully understand how an expert writer operates. Sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world, and you may not have access to other writers over the weekend – but you could plan for some interview time. This means that you will have to map out what you do and how you do it. Analyse it and work out how you can become more effective and efficient in the process, or accept the way in which you do things and make allowances. Remember, you are not alone and there are always tools, people and resources which you can call on for help.

To work out what your process is you must walk through all of the steps that you take.

The kemap your writing process and you will reach your destination - published authory now is to think about how you will get the most value out of your writing process. After I have outlined my book, I start by mapping out what I think I want to write about using a ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ framework (more on that later). I look at key words, key messages and concepts, calls to action and I consider how it fits together and flows. After a period of reflection, I undertake a knowledge audit, which tells me what I can re-purpose, what needs researching and what I can write straight off. Then its write, write, write! Followed by periods of editing and more writing. Followed by remapping and reflecting. I am not linear in the way that I work and I have to force myself to keep coming back to my plan and refocusing. I am extremely good at writing too much and brutal at editing.

Go back and look at your process:-

  • What works?
  • What doesn’t?
  • What needs adapting?
  • In a perfect world how would you write?
  • What is your process?

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?

 

 

Plan your non fiction book #14 – How long it will take to write?

Working out how long it will take to write

I am often asked how long it will take to write a book. This of course depends on lots of variables… It mostly comes down to your commitment!

If you are writing an e-book then you are looking at 50-100 pages, where each page is approximately 350-400 words, which makes it roughly 20,000 to 30,000 words. If you are writing a traditional self-published book anything over 40,000 words. The number of words per page in a print book will differ, as you will be creating a book to a specific page size, e.g. 6×9 rather than A4.

  • Imagine your book is 20,000 words
  • How many words can you write in an hour? 500 or 1000?
  • How many words can you write per day? 1000, 2000 or 3000?
  • Will you write every day, or will you set a weekly target?

This is clearly not an exact science, but it will focus your mind on your writing outcomes. If you are the kind of person who goes into overwhelm when you see big numbers, focus on the small numbers, i.e. the number of words per hour or per day.

The process is:-

  • First draft (write, don’t edit)
  • First edit
  • Second and third edit
  • First print proof (I always do this step, even for a digital book)
  • Final edit
  • Proof-reader
  • Second print proof

I find reading as a ‘real’ book helps me to see it in another light. Once I have done my final edit, which I call my final proof, I will send it to the proof-reader, which normally takes about 2 weeks.

You may additionally send your proof books to beta-readers before the proof-reader gets it. Beta-readers are trusted friends and colleagues who will not only review it for you, but they will also point out any errors.

Timed tests

These tests are designed to help you find out how you work and how long, given the right ingredients, it will take you to write.

Test 1

Start by timing yourself for 30 minutes. Pick something that you are an expert in and just write. How many words can you type or write long-hand?

Test 2

This time you are going to write 500 words on one of the following:-

  • The role of water in weight loss
  • Why does hair turn grey?
  • Top ten foods to help you sleep.
  • A topic of your choice

no matter how busy you are, take the time to write. you could change your lifeWrite down your start time; carry on writing until the article is polished and ready for publication. (For the weekend trial, do this in 30 minutes if you can).

  • How long did it take you?
  • Now add 20% for interruptions, procrastination and other stuff
  • Did you remember to factor in planning, research and editing?
  • How much knowledge did you have before you started?
  • What process did you go through to undertake your research?

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?