August 6

3 Ways To Write A Book With (Almost) No Effort

3 ways to write a book with almost no effortThose of you who know me well know that I am a firm believer that there are no shortcuts to success. You have to put in the effort to reap the rewards, and writing a book is sometimes challenging, but never impossible. If you have always wanted to write a book, but thought it was too hard to do, here are three ridiculously simple ways to write a book that really eliminate all the excuses you could ever think of for not writing one. You’re welcome.

Use your blog posts

If you are a blogger and you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you probably have plenty of thousands of words worth of blog posts sitting on your blog. If they all share a common theme and are reasonably interesting and well-written, you can compile them all into an ebook. Don’t just copy and paste them, though. Take the time to add information as needed to make the posts flow like a real book, and not just a copy of your blog.

Write a few unique pieces and put those in your book, too. This will entice loyal readers to buy the book, since it has information not listed on your blog.

Use PLR to write a book

If you’re like me, you probably have a huge collection of PLR sitting on your computer, waiting to be used for something glorious. Providing the PLR is good quality, you can use it to make an ebook to sell. This is good if you want to write a non-fiction book, but there are some things you need to be aware of.

Don’t just copy and paste all your PLR into an ebook. That’s lazy, and Amazon won’t like it because it looks like you just plagiarized the crap out of somebody else. Instead, “freshen up” the PLR with your own personality, taking out bits that you don’t really need and adding in your own personal details and touches.

Again, add in extra information wherever you can. You really want to provide your readers with great information, and if you have a good personality, let it shine through. Add insights and observations, and before you know it, you’ll have a full-grown book baby on your hands.

Write it in little bites

Okay, so you have an amazing idea for the best novel in the whole wide world, but there’s no way you can sit down and write it all out. Oh, yes, there is. As I love to tell my kids, you can eat an elephant, as long as you do it one bite at a time.

Can you commit a measly ten minutes every day to writing your book? I’m sure you can. Stay off of Facebook for a little bit, turn off the television, and settle down with your writing implement of choice. Commit yourself to writing for just ten minutes, and write your little heart out.

The key to making this method truly easy is planning ahead, but you can include this in your ten minute chunks. On your first ten minute session, write a very brief, very general synopsis of your basic story. Then, spend a few sessions writing a more detailed outline of what will happen in the story. Get as detailed as you want, because the more detailed, the easier it will be to write your actual book.

I personally keep a notebook with me so I can jot down plot ideas throughout the day, but you might find using index cards just as easy, especially if you aren’t sure what order these plot points are going to fall. In every ten minute session, write a little chunk of your story. Once you have enough chunks, you can piece them together to build your actual book.

One method I like, but haven’t used personally, is the index card method. This really does help you simplify your plot points and put them in a visual order so you can imagine how your final story will come together.

One other mention

I know some people will say “Aha! She forgot to talk about using a ghostwriter!” No, I didn’t forget. Look at the title of this post again. It’s about how to write a book, not how to have one created for you.

I have nothing against using ghostwriters. I am a ghostwriter, so I definitely know how helpful it can be to have someone step in and help you craft your book. But, this post is aimed at those who want to write their own books, so although I mention using a ghostwriter, I think that most of you will feel more fulfilled if you write your book yourself.

So there you have it. Three more reasons why you should go write that book. Let me know when you’ve finished it. Heck, leave a comment below with a link to your book once you’ve gotten it published! And tell me what method you used to write your book, so other people can see how easy it really can be.

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Posted August 6, 2015 by Jessica Woods in category "novel writing", "Planning and Tips", "Self-publishing", "Uncategorized", "writing


    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      Yeah, patience is DEFINITELY important, but with these methods, the effort can be seriously reduced. And I’m all about less effort, lol!

  1. By Patti Stafford on

    Great tips! I want to get fiction novels/novellas published, but I’m slow at writing fiction. I have one finished, but feel like it needs some more fleshing out.
    I agree the key is to work on it as much as possible, even if it’s only in ten minute chunks.

    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      I think too many people get overwhelmed by thinking they have to just sit down and write until it’s finished. The beauty of fiction is that it can be written in small chunks, in sequence or out of sequence, or however you bloody well want to write it!

  2. By Sue on

    Great tips Jessica. I like the idea of writing a book in bites. It allows you to get your thoughts out and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Writing little pieces is much better than not writing at all.

    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      I agree! Sometimes, you just have to grab those small blocks of time when you can, and before you know it, you’ve created something amazing!

  3. By Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor on

    Hi Jessica, some great tips. As The Time Doctor i’m a little reluctant to say that I procrastinated for ages before writng my book, but once i had a structure it was a lot easier than i thought, looking forward to having in in my hands soon

    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      I was so surprised how much having an outline really helped make writing my last book easier. My time is pretty limited because I have tons of family obligations, but having an outline meant I could simply refer to it and write the book in small chunks. It seemed far less effort that way, and I ended up with over 32,000 words without really trying.

  4. By Michel Snook on

    Great tips Jessica!

    I will jot down ideas for articles or information products I want to do, but when it comes to actually writing, it takes me 10 minutes just to settle in. Once I get on a roll, I keep going – sometimes for hours at a time. Even though it makes sense to write in short bursts every day to keep going, it hasn’t worked for me (I need to dedicate more time). 🙂

    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      Michael, you’ve just highlighted what I’ve been telling people for years: everyone has a way that just works for them. Once you find your best way of getting stuff done, you’ve half-won the battle!


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