It’s 5.24am (my fave writing time). I’m sitting up in our caravan bed, surrounded by my party of 5 and if today is like yesterday, I’m going to find an awesome coffee spot near the beach, then a beach walk soaking up the sunrise, stumble apon a playground for the kids and then stroll back along the beach, do some ROADSCHOOLING with the kids, then I get a bit of workplay done and then we spend the afternoon being tourists discovering the beauty and power of Bells Beach.Australia’s best surfing beach (the waves roll for days). So what is happening here and what has this got to do with writing a best selling book in 30 days? Well, all big dreams as I see it, are the gatekeepers to the next one or the bigger one. In this case:
- BIG DREAM – Write a BEST SELLING BOOK
- BIG DREAM – and live the WRITERS LIFE. A dream I’d never allowed myself to DREAM. I’d always contained my big dream of a #WRITERSLIFE in all it’s glory to operate within the parameters of NORMAL, run of the mill school mum life and chores (which WRITING my Best Selling Book was the catalyst for).
We’re Full time travelling with our family of 5, living the #WRITERSLIFE in all it’s glory… because I wrote my BEST SELLING BOOK. I decided to write an ESSAY so you can write your BEST SELLING BOOK in 30 Days too. I tried the long haul way, for me, it just isn’t exciting, if it’s going to take forever to do. All my projects have to take no more than a month from go to done, for me to get excited about executioning them. That’s just me. I know myself. The plodding away approach never worked for me, the stacking approach, has.
+ a BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP grad recently sent me an email saying how much BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP helped her to WRITE HER BOOK… Now I’ve been asked a MILLION times to create a WRITING COURSE… but in 2017… There’s no new courses! So I thought, since BDB is so helpful for helping you WRITE THAT BOOK why don’t give away the GUTS of how I wrote a best selling book in 30 days – for FREE! (I’m nice like that!).
AUDIO – HOW TO WRITE A BEST SELLING BOOK IN 30DAYS
Unclog the dream pipes and let’s get big dreaming…If you have a BIG DREAM of being a BEST SELLING AUTHOR and living the #WRITERSLIFE = LISTEN to THIS.
DOT POINTS I cover:
- #1 IDEA GENERATION
- #2 PROJECT PLANNING TOOLS I USE (A BIG PLUG FOR BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP HERE)
- #3 BRAIN ORGANISATION
- #4 LAPTOP ORGANISATION
- #5 TIMES TO WRITE
- #6 QUESTING AND HAVING “SUPPORT QUESTS”
- #7 WRITING TIMES
- #8 WRITING TECH
- #9 PUBLISHING
- #10 EDITING
- #11 BECOMING A BEST SELLER
- #12 MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION TO START… NOW!
BOOK IDEA GENERATION
My advice for creative inspiraiton and idea generation. Is to do the mind mapping with pen and paper. Something magical happens when you sketch and draw out what you want to create, what you want it to be about. What you’re about and just idea dump. Brainstorming and braindumping download what’s in your subconscious onto paper.
I have this weirdo habit of brainstorming and then “DROPPING the MIC” so to speak and switching my focus to cleaning (or something hands on, where I’m using my gross motor skills) since we’re travelling right now, there’s less cleaning and more fun making going on, but if you’re not travelling at the moment, then you’re day is probably going to involve cleaning. For me.
The process of cleaning, unclogs my creativity pipes and 9 times out of 10, I’ll get BRAIN POPS.
What’s a “BRAIN POP” (let’s hashtag that shall we… #BRAINPOPS)? Well it’s my word for when a thought, idea, module name, course name, book name, chapter name, headline name, dream just POPS into my BRAIN. I can guarantee it’s INTUITION because my EGO thoughts and ideas come when I’m in a THOUGHT TRAIN.
THOUGHT TRAINS = Ego.
BRAIN POPS = Pure Intuition.
Like this BLOG post was literally a #BRAINPOP. Yesterday after I was doing some homeschooling (or #ROADSCHOOLING as I’m now calling it) with the kids and I was cleaning up the books, pens, coffee mugs and journals from the camping table. I had a BRAIN POP. It hit me, like a POP from nowhere:
“How to Write a Best Selling Book in 30 Days”
That was a brain pop, this was a brain pop. So like all intuition it’s best if you DON’T THINK JUST DO, I looked at the time I had to work, because I’d planned to take the kids to see BELLS BEACH in the afternoon (we’d already walked along the beach at sunrise in the morning and found an amazing playground up on the sand dunes). I looked at the time, I realised, I would not be able to WRITE THE FULL post in 1 hour (I wanted to make it super valuable) but I knew I could record a quickie podcast and then write the full blog post later. So I did. Right there and then. Look YES, I’ve set my life up this way, but that’s exactly what I’m helping you to do here. #BIGDREAMS!
Just like my BOOK, #UNJUGGLED. I had the BRAIN POP for that word too. Yes, it had evolved over time, but essentially after a day brainstorming and then cleaning so I could channel the brain pops, it came to me. Caveat – if you’re searching for the BRAIN POPS and you’re actually not 100% enthusiastically and energetically engaged with your cleaning or whatever else you’re doing to bring on the brain pop, well it won’t come.
Just keep a pen and paper nearby, and collect any BRAIN POPS that happen to come… around the CHAPTER titles, the name, the format, the length, the tagline, the intention, the use of the book as a tool to grow you list… Keep the pen and paper nearby, they’ll come when they’re ready and they’ll come thick and fast.
BOOK PROJECT PLANNING
3 x Priorities
This is a mini Big Dreams Bootcamping I’m going to give you here…because well, if you’re going to write a book in 30 days (without going bananas) you’re going to have to Big Dreams Bootcamp yourself.
Don’t move a muscle. Before you figure out what your priorities are for the next month (of writing the book). Is it your health? wealth? finances? fun? kids? family? balance? business? What are your top 3 priorities?
What are your top 3 priorities?
I never set or start a project without first knowing what my priorities are. Priorities shift and change with whatever stage you’re in right now. Businesses all have cycles and people do too. So according to what your cycle is, what are your priorities right now?
- PRIORITY #1 – HEALTH
- PRIORITY #2 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
- PRIORITY #3 – BUSINESS
- PRIORITY #1 –
- PRIORITY #3 –
3 x Big Dreams
I’m a huge believer in SYNCHRONISING YOURSELF with your big dreams and the only way to do that is to write out your big dreams and connect back to them daily. So in this case, if you have a BIG DREAM of writing a book because it’s been bugging you as a thing you want to do for way too long, make sure you come up with 10 x Big Dreams around it. And reconnect to these big dreams daily. This will help you keep steering your actions and your subconscious in the direction of your dreams.
What are your top 3 x Big Dreams? (you can do more if you like, I did 10 but so as not to overwhelm you, just start with 3).
- BIG DREAM #1 – Write #1 Best Selling Book
- BIG DREAM #2 – Spend summer at the beach
- BIG DREAM #3 – $1,500,000 Revenue in 2017
- BIG DREAM #1 –
- BIG DREAM #2 –
- BIG DREAM #3 –
3 x Beliefs
In the podcast, I forgot to mention the major influence BELIEF had on my ability to write a book in 30days. I had 3 huge beliefs that needed SHIFTING so I could SYNCHORISE with my BIG DREAM. Around the speed in which I could do it, about my ability as a writer, about my associations with writing in general and just crazy ass beliefs and fears that were stopping me. When I set my big dream of writing a best-selling book in a month, all sorts of BELIEFS came up and started haunting me, until I stopped for a second to really see what associations I had around writing a book. When I did this. Like everytime, digging deep into the beliefs that are bottlenecking your good intentions to do something big and bold and brave as anything… it busted me out of the energetic vortex that is procrastination and resistance!
Here’s how you see what negative beliefs you have around WRITING A BOOK… << those are what are stopping you. Picture writing a book, now think about
My Bottlenecking Beliesf Example:
- WRITING A BOOK = TORTUROUS
- WRITING A BOOK = I SUCK
- WRITING A BOOK = TAKES TOO LONG
- WRITING A BOOK =
- WRITING A BOOK =
- WRITING A BOOK =
Now if you want my 5 step process for synching your beliefs to match your big dreams, by turning these BOTTLENECKING BELIEFS completely around, go and do the FREE 5-STEP ACTION BLOCKBUSTING BOOTCAMP HERE (all videos are available straight away).
BOOK BRAIN ORGANISATION
Evernote for Organising Your Book Brain
Join Evernote here if you haven’t already got it. Full stop, if you have an online business, you need this. I don’t really feel like explaining in a great deal – WHY… right now, but just take my word for it and get it and then maybe soon I’ll create an essay about how to use EVERNOTE for EVERYTHING. I’ve been using it since my UNIVERSITY + BIZ + KIDS JUGGLING days.
EVERNOTE SETUP STEP #1 – NOTEBOOK
Create an Evernote NOTEBOOK to put all your “Notes” for your BOOK.
Evernote Notebook Name – My Example:
- “UNJUGGLED by Jana Kingsford”
Evernote Notebook Name – Your Turn:
- YOUR BOOK NAME by Your Awesome Name
EVERNOTE SETUP STEP #2 – Note with GRAPH
Now create your first note within the notebook, and call it – “BOOK Categories”. This is where you’re going to create a GRAPH (you can do that in Evernote and it’ll look exactly like the graph above). Within that GRAPH, you’re going to make 3 x columns and within those columns, you’re going to put the topics you want to get into the book.
EVERNOTE SETUP STEP #3 – Pick Your PARTS
Choose the 3 x PARTS your book will be split into. This is where you essentially map out the structure. Don’t overcomplicate this step, make it super easy-peasy. Split your book into 3 x parts. Done. Make a column for each part. Done.
EVERNOTE SETUP STEP #4 – Plot Your Chapter Concepts
So now that you have your graph set up. You’re going to want to put into the 3 x parts, what actually pieces do you want to talk about? All your famous (or soon to be famous) one-liners, thoughts, concepts, beliefs, topics, headliners… whatever it is. These are the concepts that the mini-chapters will be built on. So create a cute little TODO for each of the chapter concepts. Then each day, when you sit down at your WRITING CHUNK, you PICK a chapter concept to expand on and wala, you’re a writer, writing a best selling book in 30 Days! Butt in seat = the hardest part. Ok, and then the opening of the software you use and then the getting out of your head thing… but you get the picture.
If this is feeling a bit overwhelming #DONTTHINKJUSTDO #WEHAVEWORKTODO.
HOW TO GET MOTIVATED TO WRITE A BOOK
A Motivating Mantra for Writing
You may have heard this story a 100 x… but for the sake of saying it again, because it rang through my head the entire 30 days I was writing, editing and then publishing my 1st Best Selling Book on Amazon.
“YOU SUCK, START WRITING (or no more coffee)” – @sasha_bullitt
We all need a PROFESSIONAL BUTTKICKER to threaten us with no coffee! In my case I needed a “ME”… to do the BUTTKICKING on me, to get me to write the book.
Get Someone to Threaten You “NO COFFEE” or Just Get a Buttkicking Bestie or Big Dreams Buddy in BDB
OK, a bit of context. I’m a coffee addict, I think we’ve established that from all my INSTAGRAM coffee pics. But what you don’t know (or maybe you do, I don’t know, let’s just assume you don’t know)… was I’d started drinking weak, skinny lattes in about 2011 when I was in my FINAL year of University (yes I graduated university WITH kids in tow WITH a bunch of businesses running!). In 2011 as I was finishing up my final exams and essays and units… I just needed something more than pure will. I needed coffee. So that’s actually how I started. Before that, I could NOT STAND COFFEE! Damn you – final year of university (now I’m hooked). Anyway, in 2012, I had my 3rd baby Mason (I have a point I promise… said in an Elle Woods kinda voice) and I was doing school runs with a baby, I needed coffee. But I wanted to drive through coffee so I didn’t have to walk too far from the car with Mason’s capsule. And that’s how I stumbled upon Bullitt Espresso Bar. Little did I know that 5 years later Me + Sasha would be BFF’s! (Sasha is the BOSS of Bullitt + same age as me + completely gets me… how odd is that!). Anyway (I still have a point I promise), we went for a walk up Noosa National Park this was our first official date lol (we’re both married don’t be weird now) and of all things we started talking about how I had been…
PROCRASTINATING ON WRITING A BOOK FOR 15 MONTHS!
And she inadvertently signed up to be my resident BUTTKICKER to get my BOOK out. And it was then (and over the next 30day of writing my book UNJUGGLED) that I realised, how important being VULNERABLE with your friends and new refreshing friendships can be for helping you to do BIG THINGS in LITTLE TIME. It’s imperative. If you can’t find them in person, find them online, in groups like BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP or ones where you know you’ll be not only accountable but lovingly BUTTKICKED if you don’t come through on what you wanted to do.
Motivating Music with a Message
Pretty much every time I’m writing, I need a song on repeat. Repeat. Repeat. The 2 x songs I used to write my book (finally) and in 30 days.
BREATHE ME – Sia
This song was perfect for writing too but after I had played it 289 times, I was looking for another song.
I came across a moving song with a message, specifically about FEAR and not letting FEAR TAKE YOU DOWN and that was so so so so so so where I was at with WRITING A BOOK.
I had let FEAR almost take me down and this song was the perfect song to write to, it just helped me get swept up in that motivational, inspirational
DEFIANCE being taken down by FEAR.
TAKE ME DOWN – Broadhurst
I just listened to it again. It gives me chills every time. I love it. It’s so on point with how hard it can be when FEAR takes you down. And he is actually singing about FEAR in the CREATIVE sense! He’s medium is music. Mine is WRITING and here I was being taken down by something I love and it’s “JUST WRITING” but for me, it’s EVERYTHING and so the FEAR was real.
Writing to this song, was like a WAR CRY to FEAR.
FEAR MAY WEAR ME DOWN, BUT IT WON’T TAKE ME DOWN.
I’ll keep coming up. Keep coming back. See I’m listening to it again and it’s making me write off in tangents again.
Motivation for me = MOVING you into INSPIRED action. I don’t have a problem with motivation at ALL! And MUSIC does that for me. Maybe because my mum’s a singer and my dad’s a drummer… maybe it’s the MUSIC roots in me, that I happen to have no skill in (unless you count DANCING, I gots some grooves for that!).
TADA UNJUGGLED WAS WRITTEN
“QUESTING” & SUPPORT “QUESTS”
The power of a QUEST. It’s literally the backbone of a dream that gets done.
QUESTING is my #1 strategy for the “DO” part of “DREAMING”. If you breakdown my philosophy about dreaming… it’s this:
What’s a Quest? (the DO part of the dream)
- QUESTs change your character.
QUESTs are like your own pilgrimage from home (or not) to go in search of more meaning and becoming more of yourself.
- QUESTS take guts. They’re a mission. A pilgrimage. An odyssey. A journey.
- QUESTS get me excited and enthusiastic and completely juiced for the dream.
Using Quests to Write a Best Selling Book in 30 Days
In 2014, I created my online education company from the ground up, by going on a QUEST to launch a little course every single month of the year and then finishing it off with a FULL month off in December 2014. DONE! That QUEST was the bones of my blog. It was the reason my BUSINESS exploded out of nowhere and I created a 6 figure blog in 12 months. The reason? A QUEST! I just kept stacking the launches.
In 2016, my goal was 3 x #1 Best Selling Books in 3 Months. I wrote the 2 = UNJUGGLED + BREAKTHROUGHIST. But then the Big Dreams Quest to travel around Australia came to me. So basically our whole lives changed overnight with one decision on a regular Tuesday. So write now, I’m LIVING the book, I’ll be writing on Big Dreams Quests. But right now I’m living it.
Best Selling Book in 30 Days = QUEST!
Doing it in 30 Days from start to published, that’s a QUEST. That’s what gets me EXCITED and ENTHUSIASTIC and I put myself in a position where I have to do it. I have to gather all the guts and courage and actually do it. The EXCITEMENT is kind of my motivation juice to do something really big and to be honest all of my BIG DREAMS have happened off the back of a QUEST.
QUESTS I’ve Done;
- Study and Graduate University with 3 Kids in Tow
- Wake up for 3 months at 4.30am to STUDY
- Learn Wakeboarding, while juggling 3 businesses, 2 kids and a university degree
- Swim 1K Noosa Swim
- Wake up at for 3 months 4.30am daily to WRITE
- Launch a little course every month for a year
- Write 2 x #1 Best Selling Books in 2 Months
- Summer at the beach – spend every morning of the summer at the beach
- Travel around Australia in a Caravan (currently)
- Roadschool kids for a year (currently)
- Sell, donate and let go of 90% of our belongings to become Minimalists in 3 months (just did it)
- and so many more I can’t even think of!
All of my Big Dreams have happened on the back of a Big Quest. If you want to write a Best Selling Book, don’t just use run of the mill PRODUCTivity advice, try something a little more exciting and full on and undertake a QUEST + pick a support QUEST that will help you achieve it.
Writing Times, Chunks & Quotas
Once apon a time in 2008, I just couldn’t keep juggling what I was juggling. I was planning our wedding, studying at university, juggling 2 really young kids and running 2 x businesses. Most people crack at the pressure of just studying at universtity, let alone the bajillion things I was juggling.
Anyway, I needed to get my head right in order to plan our wedding and do everything else without going bananas and just staying the same happy Jana.
How did I do it?
Times, Chunks & Quotas.
What’s your favourite time of day to write? I used to think it was night. But then when I started to write in the morning and the writing was so pure, inspirational and instructional all at once. But up to you, not everyone is crazy motivated and forward thinking. I love the feeling of going into the day, fully ticked off with my big todos (remember though I do this ONLY for seasons).
What will be your special WRITING TIME?
- 4.30am WRITE (during QUESTS)
Listen I may LOVE balance, but the reason I get to BALANCE is because I BRING it when it comes to deciding on a writing time and then doing it.
My writing Quota for writing a 50,000-word book + editing a 50,000-word book + publishing a 50,000-word book. My writing quota was 2000K per day. Somedays I would do 6000 to make up for some missed days.
If you want to write a Best Selling Book in 30 Days you’ll have to set a writing Quota.
What will be your writing quota?
- 2000 words per day
Remember 2000 shit words will do!
Remember YOU SUCK – WRITE ANYWAY!
Tech Resources for Writing, Editing & Publishing Your Best Selling Book
This is literally a snapshot of my Grammarly app when I was editing my book Unjuggled. I used this awesome app to edit my book. Chapter by chapter. Word by word. It’s not perfectly edited or proof read (come on it’s me we’re talking about). I did get it professionally edited and proofread, but it seemed to take the life out of it, so I ditched it and just edited it myself, took me 4 dedicated days.
I’ve used Scrivener since 2011, when I bought my first Mac Book Pro! (once you go Mac you never go back). I actually used it for my University essays – it was my last year studying university (via correspondence + with kids)
Kindle Direct Publishing
Amazon Categories – This is super important in order to get the right category.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BEST SELLING BOOK?
OKAY record scratch… we’re getting a little techy here and I don’t want you to get all wrapped up in the details. Here’s what you need to do.
Do you or don’t you, want to write a Best Selling Book? Let’s make a little list right now of WHY?
- Bottle your best skills into one book
- Give yourself the title of writer
- Build a list of people that actually get you AND feel like they know you
WHY I WROTE THIS ESSAY FOR FREE?
So today was pretty epic… Woke up in our caravan. Got a coffee at the little seaside village we’re staying at. Drove down the road and walked a few metres to the 12 Apostles. I was speechless. If you took a photo of me when I first got there, I mouth would’ve been hanging on the ground in awe.
And then we went to the Loch Ard Gorge… just up the road.
So when I came back to the caravan to write A NEW POST… I thought it’d be this BIG inspiring post, kinda like the GRATITUDE one I wrote the other day. But instead. All I wanted to do was FINISH off and fully FLESH out this post on writing a best selling book.
I don’t usually do this.
I don’t usually keep tweaking a post until it becomes a full-blown book – basically! But something within in me knew this was the right thing to DO + WRITE for you and fully flesh out for you.
Since my Best Selling Book was the reason I am standing on that lookout with my family. Not in a financial sense – I already had a #6FigBiz before the book… but in a I-Can-Do-Anything sense. Which inspired the idea to actually DO the Big Dreams Quest of travelling Australia in the first place.
Roadschooling + Caravanning + Minimalising = where not 3 x things I believed I could do… UNTIL I did this big dream of writing a best selling book (and doing it in 30 days!).
You see before writing my book – I had been paralysed with procrastination.
Procrastination ruins your confidence, ruins your creativity and most of all it ruins your BELIEF in yourself that you can do what you put your mind to.
NOT writing your book… It’ll scratch and snigger and scrape your soul… until you DO it.
That’s why I keep getting called to really help you get on your QUEST to write your BEST SELLING BOOK. I say Best Seller, because it’s pretty damn easy to make a book that’s a best seller you just need to know how to do it.
TOMORROW the BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP BONUS: “JANA’S WRITING WORKSHOP” is being RELEASED for all my BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMPERS! You just have to become one of them, before 5pm AEST to BUTTKICK you into writing your BEST SELLING BOOK!
Here’s what to do:
- Go read the completed step-by-step post above…
- If you’re ready to accept my + the other BIG DREAMERS BUTTKICKING to get you to write your BEST SELLING BOOK then do step #3 which is…
- Join BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP and you’ll get the bonus “JANA’S WRITING WORKSHOP”
Why I’m putting it in BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP? Well I’ve decided that Big Dreams Bootcamp is my pre-requisite for all my courses.
Big Dreams Bootcamp is what you need if you want to;
Write a best selling book.
Launch a little course.
Become a marketing master.
Make it online business.
Because I surveyed the #BigDreamers and they’re pretty much all ONLINE entrepreneurs who are juggling heaps – that’s who it’s made for and if that’s you and you want to do some of the things I do – then that’s the course you need to do.
So if BEST SELLING BOOK is one of your BIG DREAMS = Big Dreams Bootcamp will get you there + now it has a Writing Workshop to go with it and help you with that dream.
For “JANA’S WRITING WORKSHOP” join BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP for the limited time only writing workshop bonus > www.bigdreamsbootcamp.com/join (limited time only bonus – ends MAY 9th 5.00PM)