I've been writing and selling ebooks online for almost a decade now - since 2004 (can't believe it's been this long). In 2011, I put myself on a schedule that required me to write and publish one ebook a week -- for the entire year. It was challenging, but I managed to do it. In order to accomplish this task, I had to learn how to turn write fast. Following are five things I learned during that year about how to write an ebook - fast - that can help you with your ebook writing and self-publishing goals.
1. Niche It: What I mean by this is -- take a broad topic and narrow it down. For example, if you want to write an ebook on how to find freelance writing jobs, don't try to cover how to find every type of freelance job opportunity. Narrow the topic down to "how to find blogging jobs," or "how to find ebook writing jobs."
Right there, you've narrowed the scope of the information your ebook will cover. This will usually help you with the next tip, which is to...
2. Create an Outline: It doesn't have to be an official outline (although the more detailed you are, the faster your writing will go). Just compose a list of the broad topics you want to cover.
Think of topics in terms of individual chapters. Then, list bullet points that you want to cover under each broad heading. This is the text of your individual chapters.
Creating an Ebook Outline Tip: One thing that will really help you to write an ebook fast is to answer specific questions. So, when composing your outline, go to popular "Answer" sites like Yahoo Answers and Answers and see what types of questions people are asking about your topic.
This will also ensure that your ebook will sell because if a lot of people are asking questions about a topic, then you can contain the answers they're looking for!
3. Create an Ebook Writing Schedule: I've written an entire ebook in just one day - really! For newbies, a realistic schedule is about a week or two for a title of 30 to 50 pages. That's a good length for a short fiction novella, for example, or a niche-specific, how-to ebook (the genre I write in).
So, create a schedule - one that will not only have you pumping out a certain number of pages per day, but include time for editing and proofreading. Then, adhere to it.
4. Write: Once you have your outline and have your schedule in front of you, it's time to crank out the subject matter. When you write -- just write. Don't worry about grammar and all that other stuff. Just write. I call this doing a brain purge. Write until you've addressed every topic in your outline.
5. Proof/Edit: When learning how to write an ebook, one of the things that slows many down is the proofing/editing stage because they get stuck in rewriting, editing and changing stuff. If you keep doing this, you'll never get done.
Writing an Ebook Fast: Conclusion
Writing is a creative endeavor; it's not an exact science. There will always be something that you can say differently, better, more descriptively, etc. So, if you've set aside two days in your schedule to proof/edit, then do that - and move on to the next one.
Remember, if you want to make money selling ebooks, your main goal is to finish so you can start the next phase, which is marketing; for, this is where the bulk of your time will be required. Also, if you want to make money selling ebooks, you're probably going to have to write more than one; so you need to know how to finish one so you can move on to the next one.
About the Author: Yuwanda has written and self-published over 50 ebooks, which can be found on major sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in addition to her freelance writing website, InkwellEditorial.com. If you found the info here insightful, get more in the complete package on writing an ebook. It will not only teach you how to write an ebook fast (in just a few days!), but also tell you exactly how to market it and start getting sales within a week - really!
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