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05/10/2011

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This is great, Diana. Question: Can someone do this (book in 20 days) when she has other commitments, like radio show, blogposts, and one-to-one counseling with hurting women?

Also it sounds like you already knew what you planned to write on, since you completed two chapters on day 1. So you already did "pre-writing," like coming up with the book idea and main message, a outline for chapters, right?

Blessings to you!!! >i<

LucyAnn,

Great questions! This is my day job, so it's easier for me to devote the daytime hours to writing it since that's what I'm paid to do.

If you're trying to add book writing to an already busy schedule (and I know yours is), you have to MAKE the time. Can you write an hour a day in the early morning? In the evening? Look at your schedule, figure out how many hours a week you need to devote to it to get it done, and then put it on your calendar. You may have to cut out other activities. And you'll have to be jealous to guard that time because you know everything else will threaten to take over that time slot.

Re "pre-writing," you're absolutely right and I am going to do a post on that in this series. If you're going to write an entire book in 20 days, you have to spend at least that much time in all the prep work. Thankfully the author I'm working with is incredibly organized--making my job a lot easier.

Thanks for the comment and questions, LucyAnn!

Diana

Diana,

Your tip couldn’t have come at a better time. I need to start a ghostwriting project—about 13,500 words—but in 10 days. That means 1,350 words per day—about 4.5 pages per day.

I can do that! Thanks!

Brian

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