16 May 2005
New book for writers: "The fastest way to
write your book"
ideas4writers, the ideas and inspiration website, has just launched
its first book. Written by ideas4writers founder Dave Haslett,
"The fastest way to write your book" reveals how writers
such as Barbara Cartland, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Alexandre
Dumas wrote their books in a matter of days rather than the months
or even years that most writers take.
As well as revealing their secrets, this entertaining and inspiring
book offers more than 150 tips and techniques to dramatically
speed up the entire writing process. Topics include coming up
with the initial idea, expanding it into a book-length project,
carrying out research, preparing an outline, writing, editing,
getting published and even selling your book - all in the fastest
time possible. Other chapters cover using technology to speed
things up, avoiding writer's block and staying motivated, how
other people can help you, and how to cheat.
"I wrote this book for myself really. I had at least six
books buzzing around in my head and needed to get them written
before my head exploded. But like most people these days, I have
very little spare time and I certainly couldn't afford to spend
several months writing a book. If I wanted to write books and
run ideas4writers.co.uk then I needed to find another way of doing
"There are things such as National Novel Writing Month which
encourage people to go for quantity rather than quality, but that
wasn't what I wanted at all. As anyone who knows me will tell
you, I'm a bit of a perfectionist! I want to produce professional,
highly publishable, full-length novels and non-fiction books that
people want to buy. I want to write books that look as if they've
taken years to write. I just need to do it a lot faster than that!
"I knew from reading about other writers that it was possible
to write books very quickly, although at that time I didn't know
how they'd done it. And I already had a handful of speed-writing
ideas that had come up as part of the research for the ideas4writers.co.uk
"After thinking about this for a week or so it suddenly
struck me that I should write a book about it. If I could write
this book quickly it would be its own proof that the techniques
worked. Of course, at this point I had absolutely no idea what
the book would look like. Nevertheless, I set myself a deadline
of a month to complete the entire book. It actually took me just
23 days. And if I'd known about some of the techniques before
I started working on the book then I'd have finished it a lot
sooner. They're all in the book though!"
Keen to make the book even more valuable to writers, Dave has
added some very useful extras, including a voucher for three months
membership of the ideas4writers.co.uk website (worth £7.50).
There is also a comprehensive resources section and 200 "What
Ifs" to help inspire ideas for books.
The fastest way to write your book is available from ideas4writers,
2a New Street, Cullompton, Devon,
EX15 1HA. Price £12.99 + £2.00
postage. Cheques should be made payable to ideas4writers. You
can also buy the book online at
www.ideas4writers.co.uk, or order by phone on 01884-839577, or
fax 0871 242 6004.