How to Write an Novel in 30 days.

… the secret is not to go to sleep until you’ve written your words for the day. You might be sleep-deprived, but you’ll finish your novel.

Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It’s awful.

But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don’t have to say, “I’m a computer scientist.”

No, no, if I want to, I can say, “I’m a novelist.”


This inspiring TED talk was given in 2011 by Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google. He convincingly argues that 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit.

What are you waiting for? The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot.