• Shane Dillon

How to Write a Book in 60 Days

Would you believe that I wrote my first book in sixty days? Writing a book was always my dream, but I couldn’t seem to write more than ten or fifteen pages at a time. Then, I figured out the life hack!

To obtain our goals, we need to figure out how to shift our minds to see tasks in simpler terms. I thought writing a book would take a lifetime to complete until I figured out the simplest way to do it!

Make the Impossible Seem Simple

The key to writing a book is to work backward.

First, decide how long your book is going to be. Then, figure out how much time you have to write your book.

For example, when I wrote my first book, I decided I wanted it to be roughly 180 pages. I wanted to keep it short and sweet! I determined when and how much available time I had to write the book.

Cycling Across Europe and Writing Books

The summer was almost upon me and I decided that three month period was perfect for writing a book.

I was already planning a trip to cycle across Europe during the summer. It became obvious to lump together my cycling trip with writing my first book.

You see, there are more daylight hours in a day than I can possibly cycle. This meant, I would have free time to write.

Plus, I got the added bonus of having all day to think about and envision what to write next in my book. And that is how I accomplished two impossibles at once!

I would ride during the day, imagining the words I would write in the evenings.

The Math Behind Writing a Book

To figure out how many pages I had to write per day to complete my book; I divided 180 pages by the 90 days I would have for my journey. Which gave me my number!

180 pages ÷ 90 days = 2 pages a day

Seriously, that’s it?

I discovered all I had to do was write two pages a day for three months to finish a 180-page book.

I thought, this seems too easy, so I upped my goal to 3 pages a day. If I stuck to my goal, I could write a book in two months instead of three.

Anyone Can Write a Book

Not only did I finish my first book in two months, I was so motivated that I decided to write a second book and make it a series.

Like clockwork, in another two months, I finished my second book! It was amazing! I had discovered the life hack to writing a book.

It’s called discipline. Because I maintained my discipline, I was able to write two books in a four-month period.

By breaking down the impossible into simple daily tasks, all you have to do is to repeatedly hit your daily goal.

Munching on Discipline

I achieved writing these books by making them my number one goal each day. My strategy was to cycle during the coolest hours of the day and write during the hottest hours of the day in a cafe.

So each day I stopped from 3 pm to 6 pm to cool off and work on my book. When it was too hot to ride, I had an excuse to sit in a cafe for a few hours. I met some really nice and interesting people during these breaks, plus I got to munch on some yummy local pastries!

My Daily Writing Goals

Writing every day has brought more discipline into my life. After completing my first two books, writing has become a priority in my life. My daily goals slowly started to evolve and lengthen.

Now, I have four daily writing goals:

  1. Write one-page in my morning journal

  2. Complete one-page of exercises in my English grammar textbook

  3. Type out one 500+ word blog post

  4. Write three pages in my current book

When I first started writing, I thought I didn’t have a lot of time to write. In reality, I discovered that I was just an extremely slow writer.

Now that I have been writing consistently every day for six months, I found that it gets easier and easier to complete my daily writing goals.

Incorporate More Happiness Into Your Life

Like everything in life, you have to be passionate about your goals. Writing is something I am passionate about.

Writing may not be your gig. You might be passionate about running or learning a musical instrument.

The key is to identify your passion and then figure out the simplest way to incorporate it into your daily routine.

The simpler you can make it, the more likely you are to form good habits. Don’t overdo it in the beginning.

Action Item:

Identify your goal and start small but stay consistent. If you want to write a book, then start by writing one to two pages a day. If you want to run a marathon, then start by running a mile or two a day. The key is to be disciplined enough to make it a daily habit. Write down one thing you are passionate about and how you can incorporate it into your daily routine.

Reading Material:

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

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