How to Write a Book – The Secret to a Super Fast First Draft

Have you ever wondered how to write a book…fast? If you’re like me, then sometimes you have trouble with the hardest part – just getting started.

Blog posts come easy for me, but when it comes to how to write a book, I used to be completely clueless. If you've ever stared at a blank screen wondering what to write next, you know what I'm talking about.

That's how it used to be for me, which is why I have two books that I started which are now collecting virtual dust in my computer. Recently, however, I discovered a method to quickly produce that important first draft.

Using the methods that I share with you in this video, I'll show you how to write a book in a way that has enabled me to achieve over 180 words per minute, and 36,000 words within two weeks! I've already completed the first draft of my next book, and I needed to share this method with you too.

Of course, there are a lot more steps to take after that first draft, but getting started is the hardest part, and I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

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    30 Responses to How to Write a Book – The Secret to a Super Fast First Draft

    1. FliteTest February 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Great job Pat, I’ve been a fan for a long time. Welcome to the world of (regular, scheduled release) YouTube. You’re going to do great and looking forward to the next episode. -Austin

      • Pat Flynn February 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

        Thanks so much! Bout time I get into regularly scheduled videos!

      • Dee Smith February 7, 2015 at 11:12 am #

        @Pat Flynn
        Hi, I’m really new to all this and I would love some [really dumb to everyone else probably] video advice on how to use your computer to store and write books, software? back up storage? Also a beginners [good and simple and reasonable cost] website hosting thing,
        I’m in the U.K, btw,
         Thank you very much for all this, Really appreciated! & I’m a subscriber!

    2. Nefer Lopez February 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Long time listener, first time caller. Hats off on your video, Pat! Looking forward to your next one.

    3. Amy Landino February 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

      What an amazing and valuable first episode of SPI TV! Great job, Pat! This was so helpful for me.

      • Roberto Blake February 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

        Amy, are you in the process of putting out a print book?

    4. James Jenneman February 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Perfect start! Thanks Pat!

    5. David Getchel February 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Great breakdown of a fast first draft. I’ll have to try this method for my next book.

    6. Adrean Clark February 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

      Thank you so much for captioning your video!!

    7. Jake Day Williams February 6, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Please put the lego man in a new spot every time. I will watch every video just to find him.

    8. Tammy Fuller February 7, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      This is awesome. I’ve listened to your podcast for the last year – it’s nice to see you talk rather than just hear you!

    9. Jay E Clair February 7, 2015 at 12:56 am #

      Hey Pat, this is a killer technique, thanks so much for sharing. So where do we sign up for the presale of this book? hint hint 🙂

    10. Toby Downton February 7, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      Well done Pat, a great achievement, really interesting for me as I’m 2/3 of the way through the 2nd draft of my novel. Some feedback:

      1) I agree that the side view shots were a little bit disconcerting
      2) The Fast Forward sections went on for too long

      As ever, I loved the enthusiam you brought to it, I look forward to the next one.

      • Roberto Blake February 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

        I’d say for the other camera angle he should maybe be aware of it and look at that camera instead.

    11. Conor M February 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      Great job Pat! Looking forward to this week’s video!

    12. DEB ALLEN February 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      This is an excellent idea.  I can’t wait to get the first of the series of books.

    13. Adelle Ramcharan February 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      So many videos with BS tips… Pat’s are always actual, real things that WORK. Love this. I wrote about how you inspired me in my first ebook 🙂

      • Roberto Blake February 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

        @Pat Flynn
        We Love you Pat and that fact you give “actionable advice”! So many other hucksters out there just try to sell you their product as a “cure all”. You give, give, give (or jab) and leave it up to us. Thanks for that!

      • British Comedy Bronco Rothschild Triple Agent July 3, 2017 at 5:21 am #

        Yes ma’am I agree, of course… Pat is an honest super practical brother. Not some wacked out entertainer like that tony michael lee guy,,,oh,, that’s me. My bad.

      • NicoleKristine December 22, 2017 at 1:18 am #

        Pat Flynn lol me too hah

    14. Roberto Blake February 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Great Advice Pat. I’m actually using my iPad Air 2 to write my book. By using a combination of One Note and Pages and the Voice Dictation Feature I’m able to organize all my thoughts and write in a way that matches my speaking. Because of iCloud I can then go to my iMac later and do all the editorial and clean up I need to handle.

      This just works well for me because it allows me to brain dump in a way that is still usable.

      • Romina Jones February 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

        Great if this could be explained in a shorter more concise video that would be more shareable.

      • Roberto Blake February 26, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

        @Romina Jones
        Maybe Pat can do what Gary Vee does and go back and cut and edit the best chunks of a video.

      • Sikder Diamond November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

        Roberto Blake good advice

    15. luis manriquez April 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

      I´m from México. Honestly I really don´t know how i find this… but i t´s really helpful.
      Tanx Pat! I susbscribe. The part was funny!

      By the way my english not so good… cheers everybody!

    16. blackout Go June 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      this was really helpful, im going to use it for fiction though. 😀

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    18. Raisa at Rejoice Wellness April 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

      you’re amazing! thanks so much for making this

    19. Toan Maid July 16, 2019 at 11:15 am #

      Me my tools in creating a story
      2.stock knowledge
      3.Microsoft word

      Will it work..

    20. NIchole Schlegel July 26, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      Wow!!! This is very helpful

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