I’m excited to share the details of my new online course with you: Write Your Book Now.
It’s a three-month guided writing experience to help you:
1. Write a great book in 2018.
2. Become a more confident, efficient creator of first drafts.
I created this course after coaching and editing dozens of authors.
I’ve listened to the students of my previous writing courses, to the authors I coach each month, and what I heard over and over is this: many writers would like a supported, guided process, possibly with deadlines, to help them work through plotting and structuring problems — and get their book finished.
In other words, you love writing.
You’re dedicated to writing well. And you want to write a great book.
But truth is, it’s not easy to write. People who haven’t tried don’t know how hard it is.
Maybe you’ve had trouble planning out exactly what scenes should go in your book, or you’re still figuring out where begin telling your story.
Maybe you’ve had trouble structuring your opening, delivering drama and information in a natural, engaging way.
Or maybe you’ve had trouble actually getting the writing done. We’re all busy and it’s hard to keep finding the time to write.
This course will help you solve all three problems.
This is the gameplan: the end of this three-month course, you will have made massive progress on your book, and you will have developed amazing skills at scoping out, planning, and writing an entire first draft quickly.
Now, there are a lot of ways to get help with your book. And I should know: I’ve studied with great teachers.
In most of those classes, we brought in chapters of our novel drafts. We gave each other feedback on those chapters. And the instructor summed up everyone’s advice and give their own thoughts. .
It was a fantastic learning experience. But it wasn’t really what I wanted.
The problem was this: it left the actual “writing” part of “writing a book” largely up to the student. The deal with the class was this: you produce the work, we will critique. However, this left the work of producing the pages something of a mystery.
Instead, I wanted a class that was about writing. How to tell a real story. How to sit down and get typing. How to learn how to make good decisions and avoid pitfalls. How to figure out what should be in my book and what was excessive, unnecessary, problematic.
That’s what this course offers: it gives you plentiful feedback (both one-on-one and group discussion) and helps you set goals and stay accountable.
It will teach you a step-by-step system for sketching out and then drafting a book. You will be able to use that system to write (quickly) any number of books after this one.
That’s the transformation this course is offering: to become the kind of writer who can write a book quickly and confidently.
And you won’t be doing it alone. During the course, you’ll be able to speak to me on the phone, one-on-one, once a month. I’ll be answering questions in a live office hour each week. And as a group, each week, we will announce our writing goals for the week to come, and we’ll be able to help you out in the discussion forums if you run into trouble.
Lastly, you’ll join, if you want, an “accountability pod” of three or four other writers also taking the course (I will set these teams up at the start): your teammates will keep you encouraged and on track.
Initial training and discussion
1. What does your reader want in the first 50 pages?
2. Effective writing habits for busy people.
3. How to create a flexible yet powerful writing schedule.
4. The mindset of a confident drafter.
5. Simple & effective plotting.
Coaching and support
1. Monthly coaching calls with me.
2. Weekly craft Q&A.
3. Weekly progress check-in and planning.
4. Daily conversations in the discussion forum.
This is going to be a great writing experience. You can work at your own pace and we will support you as you make real progress on your book.
P.S. The course will be available for a short time to an initial group of writers.
Registration is open today, will close at midnight tomorrow (Sunday February 4th).
Then I’ll take down the “shopping cart” and the course will begin.
If you think this course sounds like something you would benefit from, take a look: