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The fastest way to write your book

The Fastest Way to Write Your Book
by Dave Haslett

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

Zero to finished first draft in under a month
Choose the methods that suit you best
Why you need this book
"I gave up my day job and still didn't have time to write a book"
8 writers who completed their books in under 6 weeks
Why "write like hell" is pretty poor advice
Scams to avoid
Proof that this book works

2. WHY WRITE A BOOK AND WHY WRITE IT FAST?

The secret of happiness
How to be remembered
Credibility, expertise, profits
Flushed with pride
How to be famous
How to advance your career by writing a book
Make sure the whole world can hear you
Writers do it anywhere - and without a boss in sight
The future is secure: why the world needs books
Speed versus quality: not an issue here
How to keep your adrenalin pumping
How to regain your freedom and avoid guilt
The biggest difference you can make

3. BEFORE YOU START

Night owls versus larks - which is best?
The importance of sleep and dreams
The secret of success
Why it's good to be a know-it-all
Communicating your passion
The 8 things you MUST do before you start
What your readers really want
The best technique of all
How to guarantee that you'll hit all your targets
The books that write themselves
The main thing that kills your creativity - and how to avoid it
Taking charge of your computer - the easy guide

4. THE FASTEST WAYS TO FIND GREAT IDEAS

Ideas that seek you out
Remembering not to forget: top note-taking tips
45 easy ways to find great ideas
Mind games and silly thoughts: it's what you do with them that counts
A good idea is like a good cheese - mature
Just get on with it!

5. WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW

Is your idea too big? How to decide, and what to do about it
Exams are bad news ... except in this case!
4 easy but effective brainstorming techniques
How to tell your good ideas from the bad ones
Mind mapping the easy way
Keywords, clusters and word webs: shortcuts to success
What you don't know but really ought to

6. RESEARCH

A better way to take notes
How to research a whole book in one day or less
How to research two (or more) books at once
Historical research made easy
Researching online - the best ways to do it
Effective interviewing techniques
The experts on your doorstep
Primary research: expensive and time consuming, but is it worth it?
Find all the books you'll ever need - the cheap way
How to read 30 to 40 books per hour
Researching on location - the easy way
The 5 books every writer should own

7. PLANNING AND OUTLINING

The great time-saving plan
Why small details make a big difference
A new way to write
The traditional way versus the modern way
All about outlining
Why a better outline means less writing
Outlining with a word processor - a simple guide
Outlining using other software - a simple guide
An alternative method that generates great outlines
Why you really need a second opinion

8. FINDING TIME TO WRITE

How to live a happier life
Essential ... but not necessarily enjoyable
When less really means more
The "new way to write" wins again
Finding time versus making time
Doing it faster means doing it differently
Much faster ways to keep yourself in the loop
How to work with your body clock
Time management made easy
Tons of time-saving tips and shortcuts
It's not for me thanks: the perfect excuse!

9. GETTING STARTED

The worst thing you can do when you start writing
Stuck on the first sentence or the first page? Not any more!
How to have more energy and enthusiasm
You don't want to do that: the secrets of reverse psychology
Knowing when to stop ... and when not to
The 10-minute liar - having fun while warming up
Letting rip, staying calm

10. LET'S GET WRITING

How to write your book at lunchtime
Getting it taped, part 1: top dictation tips
The right way to use abbrs.
Roughly right - or writing roughly
The biggest secret of getting published
Leave me alone, you can tell I'm busy
QUIET!!! (please)
It's my job ... and my boss is a tyrant
Why word processors slow you down - and what to do about it
How to achieve all your goals
All about feedback
And relax...

11. FAST FICTION

Classic stories: why the old ones are still the best
Acting lessons from the professionals
When to take charge of your characters and when not to
One helluva party: seven wonderful days, three restful weeks
Picture this: how to think and write visually
Death to dull characters!
Your characters are YOU, aren't they?
Speeding up, slowing down
The 5 essential writing skills...
...and another 5 for more advanced writers
Magic formulas!
Using real people, places and events: the right way to do it
The easiest way to find names for your characters
How to cheat!

12. FAST NON-FICTION

The essential ingredients in every good book
How to sell your book and create demand before you even write it
Are you an expert? How to decide, and how to become one if you're not
Big ideas = series potential!
What your readers REALLY want
Standing on the shoulders of giants: another cheat!
The best starting points for non-fiction books
Getting your hands dirty: the interactive approach to writing
Successful structures and easy formats
Turning speeches into books
Writing with authority
Dr Dave's Writing Revolution
The fastest way to write magazine articles - an extra bonus!

13. YOU HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY

100 wpm - with and without typing faster
All about keyboards and keyboard layouts
Shorthand: the modern way not that squiggly stuff
This software does half your typing for you!
Autotext: if you type anything twice that's once too many
Writing on the move: the best portable computers
Getting it taped, part 2: choosing the best dictation equipment
Secret weapons - the best 3 software products on the market today
I prefer a pen: technology without a computer
Microsoft Word - the essential guide
ideas4writers: a closer look at those wonderful writing engines!

14. CHEATING (PART 1)

Non-fiction in no time
What your readers really want to know
How to get other people to write your book for you
The easiest way to cut research time
Adding value while writing less
Guaranteed plots
Characters reunited: our heroes are back for more!
Gold mining the easy way: how to find the good bits and throw the rest away
ideas4writers (again): not really cheating, but jolly good!

15. CHEATING (PART 2) - USING OTHER PEOPLE

Why it's traditional to cheat - and how to do it
Your secret writing team
Collaboration: it pays to know the rules
How to save yourself years of learning
Help is only ever a phone call away - or an email
Why writers need a diving buddy too
Taking the fear out of ghost writers
The weirdest idea wins
When it pays to be somebody else
Friends: how to use them - and how to keep them happy!

16. WRITER'S BLOCK

Back to the outline
Why deadlines are good news
Are you a good writer? An easy way to find out
Skipping the hard stuff
Making the switch: how to work on multiple projects simultaneously
How to be confident
The secrets of staying positive
What NOT to do with rejection letters
Building your inspiration wall
How to overcome fear of success
The dreaded urge: can you resist the writing bug?
The best writing tip of all

17. STAYING MOTIVATED

Be proud of your achievements and you'll achieve even more
Visualising success: the end is in sight!
You've already achieved so much
How dare they! Let revenge and jealousy spur you on
The easy way to succeed
An inspiring way to start each day
3 top tips to keep you motivated
Writing "in the zone": when your best writing comes in floods

18. EDITING

The best time and place to edit your book
Why editing and writing don't mix
Editing the professional way
Too soon? Why it pays to delay
Moving with the times: the evolution of language
Free editing masterclasses!
Tons of top editing tips
Major revision, minor revision
How to make every word count
It's perfect! Knowing when to stop
Breathless spluttering: why you need to hear it out loud
How to debug your book

19. THE FASTEST WAYS TO SELL YOUR BOOK

What publishers really want - and what they really don't want
Making the right connections
How to guarantee that your book will be published
How to sell thousands of books
How to write query letters, proposals and synopses
The easiest way to get an agent
Write yourself famous and turn your book into a bestseller
The combination trick: how to get multi-book publishing deals
Books open doors: new opportunities and money-making spin-offs
How to sell your book online
How to get press reviews
All about self-publishing and Print On Demand

20. CONCLUSION

You CAN write a book today
Technology: write, publish and sell your books - fast!
Fill gaps in the market as soon as you spot them
Don't write just for the money - but you can make a lot of money!
Sell every book you write
Great value is better than good value
Why your book is better than everyone else's
The best book you're capable of writing
The more you write the better you'll become

APPENDIX A. RESOURCES

Addresses, books, magazines, courses, websites and other essential contacts

APPENDIX B. 200 WHAT IFS

Get inspired with these fabulous story starters

APPENDIX C. VOUCHER FOR FREE LIFETIME IDEAS4WRITERS MEMBERSHIP

Fill it in, send it back, be a better writer!

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