This was a pretty big feat for me. When I wrote an entire finished draft in only one month, I was pretty surprised. So I will share with you how and why I did this!
The book is Living Free of Alcohol, where I talk about my experiences with alcoholism, getting sober only to relapse again, and finally reaching sobriety. I’ll have more information about the book at the end of the post, but for now…
Here are 5 reasons I wrote a book in one month:
1. I felt the message was urgent
I had published two smaller books about the topic of sobriety, both less than 50 pages or so. However, many people were reading it and emailing me with questions and positive comments. I knew that writing about this topic would help people.
I knew my book could help, and this prompted me to write, write, write!
I felt an urgency, like the faster my book was out there, the faster it would help people. This can work for fiction as well, because every story has a deeper message behind it.
2. I didn’t stop to edit
When I began writing, I went from zero to sixty and didn’t stop. The more I wrote, the more memories and healthy tips would come up. Then later, I organized those into categories.
I wrote every experience I wanted to share, every tip, and every piece of encouragement. All on paper, all non-stop.
Some pages didn’t make it in the book, but they helped prompt my mind to remember more and write more. Alcohol can be a fuzzy experience at times, and writing non-stopped helped jog my memories.
3. I wrote every single day
Urgency prompted me to write every single day. Some days I was tired, and I’d tell myself “just a paragraph” or “just a page.” That always turned into entire writing sessions. But sometimes not. Still…
I used every single day of the month to add to my book– sometimes several chapters, sometimes a page or two.
But writing always, always adds up. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, sitting down every day to write is a great habit to get into. It helps you stay connected to what you want to say.
4. I wrote without distractions
No phone, no internet, no music, no IM, no Reddit, no email. When I sat down to write, it was just me and my thoughts.
This allowed me to focus, which makes even 20 minutes of writing time super productive.
There’s really not much more I can say on this. Staying focused for a period of time does wonders for writing.
5. I wrote only that one book
Sometimes I hop around between writing one draft or another, or writing and blogging. It usually keeps my mind fresh. But this time…
I focused on writing only this book until it was finished.
I put all my time and attention in this one book the entire time. Blogs were scheduled out, Instagram got ignored, and I just focused until the book was done.
The writing process was as intense as the topic, but with perseverance, I had a book I was quite proud of in a short amount of time.
You can find Living Free of Alcohol on Amazon. The paperback is only $4.99 (because I wanted to reach as many people as possible, I only charge for the printing of the book).
If you have a Kindle account, purchasing the paperback will give you the eBook version free (through Matchbook).
Whether you write your book in less than a month or more, I wish you the best on your writing journey!
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