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How to Write Your Ebook in a Week or Less

writing an ebook very fast

by Patrick Toerner on April 7, 2010

This entry is part 5 in the series Creating, Writing, and Selling an Ebook

No where is it written that it needs to take a long time to write a good ebook.  If an ebook takes me 3 hours to make and helps someone with their problem, then it has done its job perfectly.  If an ebook takes three years to make and just confuses the reader, it is worthless.  So there is no sense spending countless hours making a product you could have made in 30 hours.  So let’s get things started:

If you used my special ebook outline, then follow the steps below, if not skip down to the big headline below.

Okay, so if you completed your entire ebook outline, you should have a whole crap load of questions with three descriptive words underneath each.  Now the next part is actually extremely simple, and way, way more fun.

What you will need:

  1. A timer of some sort.
  2. A computer.
  3. At least 5 minutes to write.

Here is how we are going to write the ebook:

  1. For each question in your ebook outline, you will give yourself 5 min on your timer.
  2. Start your timer and start writing as fast as you can.

There are some rules though:

  1. You must use one of your three descriptive words as your first word of the passage. (This is kind of hard, but actually makes your writing much more exciting.  If you can’t get it to work, no big deal, but at least try.)
  2. The other two descriptive words must be used within the first paragraph.  (This almost helps make your writing pop.)
  3. You must finish what you are trying to say in 5 minutes or less.
  4. When you hit 5 minutes you must stop. (I know this one sucks.  At first I was not able to do it and had to go over a little bit, but after a while I got used to the time limit.)

Some questions you might have:

  • Why is there a 5 minute time limit?

The five minutes time limit makes you write fast!  Most people feel when you write fast you write badly, but this is quite the opposite.  The faster you write, the closer your writing mirror your speech.  We have spent our whole lives practicing our speech and making it possible for others to understand us, so the closer we can write to that, the better!

  • Why do I have to use these 3 crappy word I wrote down?

Well the three words represented the answer that you saw in your head when you pictured the question/situation you want to write about.  So usually these words will be more exciting than if you just started writing about your subject.  We can all use a boost of excitement in our writing, this is just a simple technique to add a whole lot of it.

  • I make too many mistakes and/or can’t finish in 5 minutes?

Skip your mistakes.  Leave those for the editing phase.  I know this might be hard, but do it or you will throw off your groove.  If that isn’t the reason you can’t finish in 5 minutes, then you must have included too much into one section in your blueprint.  Simply split up your sections into smaller sections and redo that portion of your blueprint.

  • Does this crap really work?


If you did not use my ebook outline, then this part is for you:

I want you to try this out when writing your book: Write twice as fast as you normally do.  It will feel furiously fast, but try.  Forget about your errors, you can fix those later.  Like I said up above, the reason I want you to write so fast is because when you write extremely fast, your writing mimics your speech.  You have spent your whole life practicing getting your speech to be clear and concise, so it makes sense we would want our writing to be like this.  It also allows for your own voice to enter your writing.

So basically when you write fast, you will write more clearly, write with better tone, and, maybe even best of all, you will write your ebook fast!

And that is my tip for writing your ebook in a week or less, simple write fast.  Maybe it is not the uber tip you were looking for?  Let me know your thoughts below!

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1 Richard Scott April 8, 2010 at 12:28 am

I love writing fast. When you write fast you get in the zone. It’s like a natural high. Nothing compares to it.

As far as the eBook, I can’t even image writing one in less than a week. To me, that’s insane. When I wrote my eBook (Diamond Crash Course) it took me almost a year to write and 3 months to edit. But it was filled with 130 pages of technical information, detailed images, quizzes and training courses. So I guess it all depends on the niche and the depth of your subject.

I have a framed saying on my wall that Ray Bradbury wrote and signed for me that says “Run Fast, Stand Still! In Quickness is Truth!” I live by that saying. I love it. It’s two lines taken from two of my favorite books of his and it’s awe-inspiring!

I still don’t think I could do it in less than a week though. :)


2 Patrick Toerner April 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

130 pages! That’s massive. I wrote the ebook for this tutorial in about 2 weeks. I worked every other day-ish, so it can be done in a week. I was only writing for 2-3 hours at a time too. I think it ended up at around 55 pages long. This doesn’t include editing, or taking/editing pictures for that matter.

That’s a pretty awesome! Signed by Ray Bradbury, that is really cool. Cool saying too :)


3 Patrick Toerner April 8, 2010 at 12:41 am

Oh by the way, thanks for the retweet!


4 Moon Hussain April 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

Patrick, you’re right about that. There are a gazillion things happening when I write and it doesn’t help that you’re “Watching” what you write. You begin to think about the sentence structure and how best to express what you’re trying to say.

I’ll have to try going on a 5 minute writing rampage and see what I come up with. I’d like to come up with a small ebook/report for EIP. I think it’s about time.
.-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..A Conversation That I Will Remember For the Rest of My Life =-.


5 Patrick Toerner April 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

A small ebook for an ethical bribe is a great idea. You can literally blast one out in a couple of hours and still have it be great quality. I saw erin blaskie write a small ebook in an hour, it was a video sped up.

But it just goes to show that it really can be done, most people don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t.

I like “5 Minute Writing Rampage” I should have titled the post that!


6 Steve Scott Site April 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

Another great follow-up to this series. Though I personally think there are some eBooks that could take longer than a week, I still love a lot of the shortcuts that you’ve included in this series. Will have to put them into practice once I start on my next book.
.-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..Work Anywhere By Being Location Independent =-.


7 Patrick Toerner April 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

You are probably right that some ebooks would take longer than a week, but I don’t that would have ruined the awesome title :)


8 Steve Scott Site April 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Haha. Have to agree with you on that one!


9 Onibalusi Bamidele@Young entrepreneur blog April 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

This is really a great post, it will be useful for me in the future.
BTW: I sent you a mail two days ago about my ebook, have you seen it.
.-= Onibalusi Bamidele@Young entrepreneur blog´s last blog ..Get over 1000 new unique visitors to your website every month =-.


10 Patrick Toerner April 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Glad it will help you!

And I got the email, I have been extremely busy so I was going to read it over today. I actually tried to send you an email back but my email client isn’t working properly for some reason. So I’ll check it over right now, btw you wrote that thing fast!


11 Dave Doolin April 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

I haven’t checked in since the start of this series, I’ll need to go back through it all.

These are seriously useful tips.

So much of what we do can be chunked down into processes and tasks and checked off one by one.
.-= Dave Doolin´s last blog ..How To Publish The **** Out Of Your Blog Post =-.


12 Mars Dorian April 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Man Patrick, this just sounds like the tomato technique that I’m using ;)
5 minutes is pretty crazy – I always set my timer to the infamous 25 mins + the 5 min break. Now I’m going to try your style — let’s see how it works out ;)
.-= Mars Dorian´s last blog ..The Underdog Guide to Ruling the Web =-.


13 Patrick Toerner April 16, 2010 at 12:51 am

Yeah, I remember reading that on your blog. Why this 5 minutes works so well is because the outline should separate your book into 200-400 word chunks, and when you put a time limit on yourself to complete a short term goal, your productivity sky rockets.

So you could try breaking your blog posts into two or three paragraphs per 5 minutes. I have never tried that, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The principle is the same.

By the way, I have got a v-post in the works :)


14 Ryan April 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

Hi Patrick,

Writing fast might be the #1 piece of ebook authoring advice I’ve ever received. By speeding up your writing the words tend to flow more easily. The real “you” comes out.

Ebook writing can’t be a measured activity, at least on the first draft. That’s what editing is for. Get those thoughts on a word pad, revise and move on from there.

Great insight!
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Changes At THE Cash Gifting Program Blog =-.


15 Patrick Toerner April 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

We are on the same wave length on this one Ryan :)

Thanks for the comment!


16 hector September 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

You have posted a great article here! These are very essential informations and tips on how to create an ebook effectively! thanks for sharing these informations.
.-= hector´s last blog ..Index for Download E-book =-.


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