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How to Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams – Fast! by Dan Janal (Book Review)

In any given week, I read between 2-3 books with at least another 2 in the wings either half read or in the “to be read soon” pile. Thankfully, I read FAST. But, I don’t WRITE as fast as I would like. Unless, of course, I’m on a deadline, then I write like the wind. But, I’m talking about when it comes to my own writing, my own books, I take my time. I stew over things just a little too long and for every 1,000 words I write, I edit half of it before I can get to the next 1,000 words. You see where I’m going here, right?

So, when I received Dan Janal’s “Write Your Book in a Flash”, I opened it eager for a quick read on how to do what I needed to do quickly. Three chapters in, I stopped reading it as if it were a novel and actually put it into practice.

I’ve got around 7 or so book projects floating around in my head, 3 of which are already underway. Two of the books are nearly complete and the third is expected to be finished toward the end of April. Though I’m not quite finished with my books, I”m a lot farther along than I might have been otherwise and here’s why.

Paint-by-Numbers in regard to writing a book is a killer concept.

Recipe for Success

Remember those Paint-by-Numbers kits you had as a child? Use red for the 1, use yellow for 4, and green for 9. Yeah, it’s that simple. For me, it’s like a recipe book. Here are the ingredients you need and if you do them in this order, then your cake (book) will look like the one in the magazine (be on the shelf before you know it!)

And for me, a reformed (reforming?) pantser, the step-by-step instructions for creating an outline were a boon to my frustrations. The downloadable worksheets also help keep everything organized as do the exercises at each chapter.

I’ve sucked at outlines since school which is probably one of the reasons, I got pretty good at stream-of-conscious writing – block of marble, chisel away until it resembles the picture in my mind (or until it reveals itself). Unfortunately, sometimes the reveal takes too long or never materializes. Think 4 years on a book which can’t break the 20,000 word barrier. It was supposed to be a 3-part trilogy.

Who is the Audience?

One thing, I do want to note, however, is this. While aspiring authors may find this book useful, I got the impression it was aimed more toward the business professional. The executive who wants to create a “big business card” to talk about their business, an eBook for clients, even a full book either about how they got to where they are or lessons learned along the way.

But, the structure, urgency, and paint-by-numbers concepts give anyone a template to get their book written and in front of people as quickly as possible. This book is made for the time conscious individual who knows the Ferris Bueller adage, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So stop, breathe, smell the roses, what have you. But, don’t miss this book. No matter where you are in your writing or what kind of writer you are, this book is for anyone who wants to write their book in a flash.

Thank You...

A special thank you to Dan Janal and the folks at TCK Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book. You can follow Dan on Twitter and TCKPublishing on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, if you’re new to the blog or are interested in my writing services – ghostwriting, copywriting, proofreading/editing, beta reading, and more – take a look around my website.

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