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How I Wrote a Book in a Month

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 $9.99 (plus free ebook through Amazon Matchbook).

The Kindle version of the book is $3.99 The ebook is also on Nook, iBook, and other ebook stores.

Whether you write your book in less than a month or more, I wish you the best on your writing journey!

Take care,

YariGarciaWrites

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25 thoughts on “How I Wrote a Book in a Month

  1. That’s awesome! Writing a whole book in a month is exhausting work. I’ve tried, but I felt like I was straining myself. But, your first point (I think) is the most important – it is easier to write a story you are passionate about.

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    1. It was cathartic in this case, and I doubt I can be so quick again! It was just something I really needed to express. Passion is definitely a great motivator. It’s that fire that keeps you going.

      Have a good week πŸ™‚
      Yari

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  2. I struggled with alcohol too, Yari. I came to understand it runs in the family. But the reasons why I allowed it ran deeper still. Loneliness, longing for friends, belonging. Looking in the wrong places, doing the wrong thing, didn’t help. Lost a childhood friend to addiction, alcohol and pills, about two September’s ago. And another dear friend about the same time, from I think complications related to an accident he had while intoxicated. It is right to get and stay sober, not just for myself, but to honor my parents, they shouldn’t be grieved or suffer my loss of life, as the parents of friends who’ve died have, and be a good example. Surely, I can look back at my youth and see that alcohol contributed to and created problems and troubles; it never solved anything. Good post. Congrats!

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your friends. My situation was very similar: runs in the family, and I had some personal troubles too. Adding alcohol made everything worse.

      I’m so glad to hear you worked to overcome alcoholism. It’s not simple, but it is also not impossible! Thanks for sharing your story so openly. I think a lot of people can relate with the struggle of alcoholism and the desire to remain sober.

      Take care, my friend!
      Yari

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  3. Wow, a book in a month?! That’s incredible! I’ve wanted to write a novel for the longest time, maybe 15 years. I still haven’t attempted it. I’ve also thought about a non-fiction book but alas, not started that either. I think it’s the starting that’s so hard. Any tips for that? I love how you got in the flow of writing with yours, taking away distractions, pushing yourself to write just a page or a chapter or anything each and every day. You should be very proud!! πŸ™‚
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you, Caz! πŸ™‚ If it’s others reading it that keeps you from getting started, just tell yourself you’ll write it and you’ll let no one read it.

      That takes a lot of the pressure off!

      Once that stress is gone, writing becomes very creative and fun πŸ™‚ You can do anything. And hey, you might later decide to let others read it.

      I hope you do get started!

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  4. Definitely an inspiriting story, and it makes total sense. When I really get into my writing with no distractions, I can go on forever, it seems, and you are very right that the more passionate you are about a subject, the more inspired you’ll be to write about it.

    My problem is that I have an editing day job, so by the time I’m done with it at the end of the day, I don’t always have the energy to tackle my writing. Therefore, I usually devote one full day to just writing. Proves most productive for me. I would love to be able to just write full-time. I’m sure I could churn my books out so much faster, but alas, I am not at that point of financial freedom yet.

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