How to Write a Book in 40 Days

How to Write a Book in 40 Days

I challenged myself to write a book in 40 days, and so far, Forty Daze is coming along nicely. I liken the process of writing a book to building a house. First, you have to decide what kind of house you want and then you need to draw up the blueprints and begin construction.

As a first step, I created a Table of Contents which serves as a rough outline for the book and then began writing the Introduction. I try to write two chapters a week in between research, cover design, promotional activities and other things. At the end of forty days, I should have a decent first draft with about 12 chapters.

A first draft is always rough, but the bones will be there, waiting to be fleshed out in the rewrites. This is similar to having a house built, with four walls and a roof, but no cupboards, flooring, paint or appliances just yet. The process of rewriting and sending the book to a few trusted readers for feedback always guarantees a more finished product.

I imagine I will need to do another 40-day challenge to get the book polished and published. That’s 80 days from concept to completion. To write a book in less than three months is no small feat for me, considering I spent two years writing each of my previous books.

These self-imposed 40-day challenges are really helping me to stay focused on a goal, and this is why I want to invite you to join my Facebook group, Forty Dazers. Because: #goals. Seriously though: How many times have you told yourself, “I really should drink more water” or “I really should work out more often” or “I really should watch all those old Hitchcock movies”.

Here’s your chance.

Fort Dazers on Facebook

Forty Dazers Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is growing and we now boast 36 members. We may be small, but we are bursting with enthusiasm. The group started off with a 40-day declutter challenge, and we enjoyed it so much that many of us have gone on to do other 40-day challenges. We are meditating, exercising every day, eating better, drinking more water, learning to do the splits, eschewing disposable coffee cups, and more.

Completing a challenge is so addictive that some people are on their third challenge! If you would like to challenge yourself to do something every day for 40 days, come join us. Look for Forty Dazers on Facebook or message me and I can add you to the group. (It is a closed group.) Also – please let me know if you would like to try to write a book in 40 days. I am considering leading a small group on this challenge. Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list (top right corner) if you would like to receive monthly updates from me, including free downloads and discounted copies of my books when they launch.

Have a question for me? I’m only an email away.

Until next time,
Adele (aka Sophie Winters)

Author Adele Frizzell/Sophie Winters

Sophie Winters is the author of two books on dating and relationships. Sophie’s real name is Adele Frizzell. She enjoys travel, hiking, and lifting heavy weights. She loves inspiring people to get more out of life.

Her first book, The Cha Cha Club Dating Man-ifesto is written for all the single ladies, while her second relationship advice book, It’s Not You, It’s Us: A Guide for Living Together Without Growing Apart is for couples who want more joy, intimacy, and respect in their relationship. She is working on her third book, Forty Daze, which will be out in summer 2017.


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