Actually, I'm writing it in 20 days since I'm taking a break on Sundays.
Since you want to write a book, too, or you wouldn't be reading this, I'm going to blog about it day by day so you can see exactly how I write the first draft of a book in just 20 days.
Whether you have 20 days or 20 months to write your book, the tips I'll share here will help you.
Today was Day 1 of writing...but before I wrote a word I had to tell my right brain to be quiet for a few hours.
Instead I kicked my left brain into overdrive, got out a calendar and calculator, and started punching in numbers.
This may sound like an odd way to write a book, but if you just sit down and start writing, how do you know where you're going?
Here's what I know so far:
- I have 23 days before the 1st edit is due (June 1).
- If I want to take off Sundays, that leaves me 20 days to actually write.
- We want 28 chapters + 1 introduction + 3 miscellaneous lists in the back of the book.
- The book will be 45,000 words total.
So that means:
- Each chapter has to be about 1,400 words.
- I have to write 2 chapters a day, leaving me 4 days to edit everything before June 1
Once that left-brained activity was complete, I picked myself up off the floor realizing what the rest of May is going to be like.
Then it was time for Mr. Right Brain again. AKA time to write!
By 3 pm, I had written 2 chapters.
This is not the first time I've written a book in a short amount of time so I know what I have to do (and not do) to pull it off. I want to share those tips with you during the next 23 days.
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