At Allume, Darren from ProBlogger talked about e-books. Two of his comments stood out to me. First, e-books have become a major source of income for him. Second, he wrote his e-book in fifteen minutes a day.
Fifteen minutes a day! That’s half of a sitcom. That’s waiting for your coffee to brew and cool. That’s fifteen minutes you’re now spending on Pinterest.
Can you write an e-book in fifteen minutes a day? You can if you follow these tips to get the most out of your writing time:
- Eliminate distractions. When writing my e-book last year, I got up an hour earlier than usual. My house was quiet and calm, just the way I needed it. Find fifteen minutes in your day when you’re distraction free. Before you start to type, ask God to help you to focus and to give you the words you need.
- Have a writing spot. Make it comfortable and keep everything you need close. Near my desk I have a few books I like to reference and my writer’s notebook for ideas when I’m stuck. It’s clutter free, perfect for a power-writing session.
- Don’t be afraid to change it up. Some days your usual spot may be too “usual.” Change your view, your persepctive, or even your drink. Doing something new could help the words flow.
- Turn off your inner-editor. There will be plenty of time for corrections and revisions after your book is written. Take this focused time to just write.
- Work on your project at other times too. You will be using your fifteen minutes for focused writing, but throughout the day you could still be working on your book, jotting ideas down in a notebook, reading for research purposes, making a playlist to use for background music as you write. Do the extra stuff at other times so your fifteen minutes a day can be really focused on adding to your word count.
Don’t wait for the muse . . . your job is to make sure the muse knows where you’re going to be every day from nine ’til noon or seven ’til three. If he does know, I assure you that sooner or later he’ll start showing up, chomping his cigar and making his magic. -Stephen King
Your “muse” may not chomp a cigar like Stephen King’s, but his point is true. Show up and inspiration will come. Give it fifteen minutes a day and you could have an e-book by the end of 2012.
Darren/ProBlogger said his biggest regret was not starting his e-book sooner. Put writing an e-book on your to-do list and commit to fifteen minutes a day until you’re finished.