A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Writing Your Book in 30 Days or Less 

Today, I’m going to show you how to write a book in 30 days, or at least give you an idea of how to prepare your book so that you can write it in that amount of time.

When it comes to the planning process, individuals are often baffled. There are countless options for organizing this. There are many various ways to plan a book, including using a simple note file, an excel spreadsheet, or a board game like Trello. A sticky-note technique may be preferable for some people, but ultimately it boils down to developing subjects or major plan concepts so that you can take those and write deeper or expand on those topics when you begin to put what’s inside your brain onto paper.

There is no right or wrong way to structure your book, and I’m going to share with you a strategy for getting your book organized before you begin writing it. You may use a program like Trello to help with this, or you could just stick with pen and paper. In any case, this section is for you.

The way I approach planning while writing a book is by starting with a large premise, and that’s exactly how you should do it, too.

In the planning stage, I use a similar concept to what I’m about to share with you; however, I make it faster and cut out unnecessary steps. I no longer use large mind maps but rather sublime text and Dragon Naturally Speaking, which, together with a good microphone, allow me to just speak the book. Having a simple strategy or idea is necessary before you get there. I’m going to tell you all about it now.


The process of developing a writing plan

Let’s say you have an idea for a book that you’d want to see come to fruition. For the sake of argument, let’s pretend we’re discussing photography or writing a book on launching a photography company.

Now that you know what we’re talking about, you can begin to elaborate on it. It all boils down to the organization of your manuscript. Do you intend to pursue it as a means of establishing a lucrative photographic career? How much of it has to do with the camera itself?

We’ll take the wedding photography company as an example because it’s a well-known one. Now you can begin dissecting your book.


Breaking up your book into sections

I may have one part or chapter prior to the sale, another during the sale, and another after the sale. So now I have these three pieces of the puzzle.

Before the sale, no one knows who you are; during the sale, when you’re operating and photographing the wedding for that person; and after the sale, when you’re no longer photographing weddings for that person.

This is only a tool to assist me in organizing my thoughts in preparation for writing the book. In a way, it’s a step-by-step progression.

Now that you’ve started sketching some bubbles, you might be thinking about how to get exposure, which is a common worry among photographers.

Then, before the sale, you need to think about how to generate references. As part of the exposure, you can ask yourself, “How do you develop a website?” or “How do you market your business?” These are the kinds of things people begin to ponder. In other words, if you’re looking for a broad topic, marketing can be a good place to start. Referrals and exposure go under the broad term “marketing.”


Inquiring into a writing subject

You begin by making three to six question bubbles and then proceed to ask a plethora of them.

Once you understand this idea and have a few examples like the ones shown above, you can begin to generate more questions. To increase referrals, what is the best way to do so? It’s possible this is a query. Another question is, how do you earn referrals from your referrals? ” What’s your system for awarding bonuses to those who recommend others? What are your strategies for providing rewards? What is the process of creating a website? What’s the best way to compile a mailing list? That’s a little confusing. What is the procedure for uploading images to this website? Do you need to be familiar with any specific aspects of the design?

The same holds true for marketing and for gaining media attention. What methods do you employ when it comes to making connections? All of these questions will be asked by those who want to start a wedding photography business. How can I make connections with seamstresses, for example? Or, how can you connect with others in your field and utilize it to your advantage to gain greater visibility and business?

How to design the ideal business card might be in marketing. What’s the secret to this? This is because a lot of people just put their name and phone number on their business cards and call it good. If you’re looking for a free report on how to choose a fantastic wedding photographer, you won’t find a “Visit this link” section on most business cards. Choosing a wedding photographer? Here are ten things you may not know.

Once they click on the link on the back of your business card, you’ll have their email address and maybe their phone number, so you can follow up with them. However, the most important thing is to establish that procedure.


A chapter-by-chapter breakdown

As a result, each of these sections should include six to ten questions. When you put all 24 of them together you’ve got a chapter’s worth of material to work with. In all, you have 24 short paragraphs or 24 short chapters or chunks.

This might be a single chapter, or it could be a second, third, or fourth. You now have four chapters with six questions in each; they are similar to paragraphs or subtopics, and you’ve already had a lot of information for those chapters filled in.

During the sale, you do the same thing. Let’s say, how do you interact with someone over the phone, for example? After the sale, you may have notice that you’ve built up a lot of bubbles when you’re filling out the contracts. Let’s imagine you’re at a wedding and you need to know how to network, hand out business cards, or display a slideshow.

After a while, you’ll notice that you have six questions here, six questions there, and so on. Create three or four bubbles over here, and you’ll have your themes for after the sale again. This may be a follow-up call, or it could be a photo album, or it could be 3 to 5 questions, and again, you do 6 questions. To put it another way: if this is a book with 12 chapters, and you have 24 questions to go with it, then you have 12 chapters. As you read the book, you’ll be able to answer the questions as you go.


A variety of planning tools are at your disposal.

It’s all about creating a mind map when you’re writing a book, whether you do it in Trello, Microsoft Word, sticky notes, or even notepad or sublime text and just speaks it out, like using dragon natural speaking. And when you speak this out, you’re basically answering these questions, and out comes a book. Everything in each chapter revolves around answering these questions. It will come out rapidly if you’ve done the fundamental planning right.

Eventually, the chapters of your book will be developed from the answers to all of these concerns and issues that wedding photographers face on a daily basis.

Ask other individuals for further information about a topic you’re interested in.

And if you’re having trouble generating inquiries, consider writing to fellow wedding photographers and expressing your concerns about the challenges you have in your industry.

For example, some may remark, “I struggle with generating recommendations, I struggle with networking and how to explain the contract,” in which case you may answer, “how to conduct an explanation of how to fill out your wedding contract through video.”

As a result of the fact that some individuals just don’t comprehend what you’ve written, you may have a video that tells them exactly how to fill out that contract.

How do you handle phone customer service? During the sale, how do you go about doing that? That’s because some individuals aren’t social enough, or they’re just afraid of speaking to strangers over the phone, so they prefer face-to-face interactions.

A photographer’s fear, ignorance, or opportunity for growth might all be contributing factors in the work of a wedding photojournalist or photographer.


Complete your book by answering the questions!

With a few questions per key category or area, you begin to develop your book and once you have this, the rest is just writing down answers to those questions, which you presumably already know.

I hope you’ve learned a few things about how to spread your idea from one concept, build things out and then just write a question under each little topic or subtopic, and that ultimately is your chapters, and those are the contents for your book, and as you start answering those questions, there’s your finished product.

1 thought on “A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Writing Your Book in 30 Days or Less ”

  1. This is write on! I’m working on a blog that I will turn into a book. It’s all based on questions prospects & clients asked while discussing Medicare, social security, and health insurance in general.
    I can add insider info others cannot, because, besides being an insurance agent, I’ve held home office positions sales agents have not.
    Answers to crucial questions most folks have is the easiest best way to go!

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