There are certain things you need to do before you begin your 30 day writing journey and things you need to do during that grueling month to make your writing easier.
Clean up your work area. Get all your notes together and in one place. Stock up on snacks, drinks, and shop for easy, healthy meals to make during the month. Clear your schedule of all unnecessary activities.
The more prepared you are for a month of solid writing, the more writing you will get done.
2. Create an Outline
Create an outline before you begin. If you are writing nonfiction, get all of your research done before you begin your writing. For fiction writers, prepare a one to two sentence summary of your book so that you can read through it as you are writing and re-focus. If you write fiction from an outline, create one. It can be as simple as a few sentences jotted down in sequence or it can be several pages long.
When you work from an outline, you already know what you are going to write about and you know your plot points and twists. An outline is nothing more than a guide to ease the process of writing.
3. Break the Process Into Steps
Deciding to sit down and write a book in a month can seem daunting, at first. If you break the writing process down into steps, chapters, or plot structures, your book will feel easier to write.
4. Determine a Daily Word Count
How big do you want your book to be? How many words should it be? Determine your word count and break it down into how many words you need to write each day for 30 days.
For a simple 30,000 word nonfiction book, you will only need to write 1,000 words a day.
For an 80,000 word fiction book, you will need to write 2,667 words a day.
5. Throw Yourself Into the Work
When you decide that you are going to write a book in 30 days, you need to commit yourself to the task. From the first day to the final day of writing, you have to throw yourself into the work and into the story. All other things, from family drama to your favorite television shows, will have to take a back seat.
6. Write During Every Free Minute You Have
Make use of every moment you have. If you have to pick up the kids from school, use those few minutes while you are waiting to keep on writing or work through plot holes. If you have an appointment that you can’t skip, keep on writing up to the point where you must throw on your coat and rush out the door. Then, in the waiting room, write some more.
Make writing a part of who you are.