186: How to Write a Book in a Weekend

“Perfection is the enemy of productivity.” – James Swanwick

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Most people think of the process of writing a book as some almost insurmountable mountain of work. Authors often glamorize the idea of closing themselves away for a year to write, wrestling the words onto the page. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

In fact, I’m writing a book right now about how reduce or quit alcohol, using the process outlined in the book “Publish and Profit” by Mike Koenigs. The process is to mind-dump every topic in your area of expertise that you can, to eventually turn into chapters in your book. Then, simply turn on a recording device and simply talk about the subject for a bit! Then, get it transcribed, clean up the transcription and move things around if need be, and you have a chapter!

Writing a book has a huge range of benefits for the author, and instantly turns the author into a perceived expert on the topic. But most people don’t write books, for any number of reasons. But using the specific steps outlined in this episode, you can get the bulk of the work done in a single weekend. So what are you waiting for? Write your book!

Key Takeaways

  • A lot of people think you need a year to write a book, but you can actually do it in a weekend
  • Perfection is the enemy of productivity
  • Write down tons of topics on a subject, and don’t sensor yourself. This will help you come up with chapters
  • Start the actual writing process in the medium that is easiest for you. For lots of people (like myself), simply speaking it and recording it will be the easiest
  • Get your recording transcribed
  • Revise the transcription, shape it, and then the chapter is done!
  • Consider using old blog posts if you have posts that are applicable
  • Writing a book gives you instant authority and status
  • Books give you a deeper relationship with your followers




Publish and Profit” by Mike Koenigs

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