How To Write A Book With Less Effort

Someone once told me: 'you can have excuses or results, you can't have both'. So no matter what your current situation is, if you want to write a book then the 'perfect' time is now. You simply have to get started and with so many options now available for budding authors, you don't even have to write your book yourself. Here are some tips for writing a book in less time and with less effort.

1. Carry a notebook

A notebook is a simple and effective way for writing down ideas no matter where you are. If you have a spare five minutes, waiting for a cab or you arrived early to a meeting, you can take out your notebook and write down your ideas. You never know when you're going to get an idea, so a notebook is an ideal time-saver.

2. When should you write?

Some people prefer to sit down for an hour or two every day and write their book. They may even designate a specific time to write. You might work better in the morning or you might work better in the evening. For other people, they prefer to go away on a retreat for a week where all they do is write. Either way you have to discover what works best for you and put aside time that suits you, regardless of whether you have a busy work schedule or not.

3. Speaking verses typing

For people who are not strong writers, there is a computer program available called Dragon Speaking Naturally. This program translates your words into text for you and then allows you to go through the document and edit any changes. Another tip for people who are neither strong writers nor speakers is to get someone to ask you questions in an interview-like style and use Dragon Speaking Naturally to record your answers.

4. Ghost Writer

There are professional writers in the publishing industry, known as ghost writers, who will write the book for you under your name. This is a popular choice for celebrities who lack the time to write a book themselves. Usually a ghost writer will sit down with someone with a tape recorder and ask an array of question. They will also talk to family members, ask for journals and other material. They then take this information and turn it into a book.

5. Joint ventures

Sometimes it's best to work with a well-known writer in what is commonly referred to as a joint venture. This may mean that you offer information or expertise on a topic and your partner completes the writing side of the project or vice versa. This is also a great way to add credibility to a book by including the name of an expert or known personality on the front cover.

While these five tips are simple suggestions, they are an indication of the other ways to write a book other than your conventional methods. By considering your writing ability and area of expertise you will be able to choose an option best for you.


Dale Beaumont is the author of this article. He is an internationally renowned book publishing expert, the author of 16 best-selling books and the creator of the Get Published Secrets Program.  

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