If you are a writer, you probably know how frustrating it is to not be able to complete your book.
Maybe your project has stalled halfway through, and you aren't sure how to deliver a great ending.
Perhaps you have completed a draft but don't know how to revise it.
It's unpleasant to hear your friends ask if they can read your book.
You start to hate them and their ridiculous questions.
The truth is, it's hard to finish a novel, and there are a lot of reasons why you might not have gotten there yet.
Writing and re-writing a novel is slow work, and some aspects of the craft are not easy to figure out through trial and error.
Plus you have all the urgent responsibilities in your real life calling to you, sapping your focus and enthusiasm.
Finishing a book is hard.
I know because I struggled for a long time to figure out what I was supposed to be doing.
I did an MFA in creative writing, and I took classes with great teachers.
I brought chapters of two novels to multiple workshops, and while I got good advice, I kept thinking there had to be a better way to learn the craft.
Of course, I read lots of how-to-write books. I devoured guides to plotting and structure.
I discovered that "x" was supposed to happen on page twenty of my book, and "y" on page fifty.
And yet I still feel unsure how to begin. And this was really embarrassing!
What, I asked, had all my reading been for?
Because -- even if you know that "x" should happen on page twenty -- what should go on page one? What about page two?
And how was I supposed to introduce my dozen characters in order to get to "x" on page twenty?
Worst of all, what happened if I wrote out "x," and it just seemed kind of boring?
Often we writers give up because we feel like we are doing it wrong, and we don't know how to do it right.
When I talk to writers, and I ask them what their biggest obstacle is, the most common response (by far) is losing confidence.
Too many writers just start to feel like they are lost, sliding off track, and that the story isn't coming together.
Here's what I finally figured out: most writers (including me) were making things too complicated for themselves.
This was hard for me to accept: I thought I was telling a readable and straightforward story!
I had to go through a slow, painful process of finding the heart of my story, the core of the drafts I had created. Then I had to turn that part, the best part, into my next version of the novel.
This wasn't easy.
If you haven't finished your book yet, the good news is this: you're completely normal!
It's completely normal to find it hard to complete a great story.
For most writers, the stuff we find instinctive, the stuff we are talented at, is all in the early part of the writing process.
We are good at getting inspired. We are good at inventing characters and situations.
We are really good at getting passionate about the world we've invented. Plus we like doing research about our setting.
But very few people are naturally talented at revision. Plotting skill is rarely a natural gift.
Above all, it's not natural (at least for most of us) to be able to sift through our vague and unsettled vision of our own story, and spot the overly-complex plot-threads, or the unnecessary secondary characters, or the heavy clumps of backstory that we assume are essential.
You just need a step-by-step, straightforward process to:
Uncover the true heart of your story.
Turn that core of inspiration into a great plot.
Remove all the extra complications that are slowing you down.
My experience as a writing coach and tutor is that most writers are extremely talented. They are full of great ideas and inspirations.
They don't need to become more serious about their craft, or to buy a new pen, or move to Tuscany (although that would probably be nice).
They just need a process for turning their original vision into a compelling, clear story.
If you are anything like me, you are very busy.
It's hard to stay focused on writing.
And I find that it's rarely enough, if I want to help writers move forward, to simply tell them about some thoughtful writing techniques.
I've discovered that writers thrive best when they are encouraged and supported by an enthusiastic group of fellow writers.
It's so much easier to write when you are part of a team.
To finish our books, we need to feel like writing is a priority. And there's only so much that you can achieve with "mindset" and "positive thinking."
We want to see our own love of stories reflected in the world around us. So this course brings together a supportive, curious group of people who will help you make writing a priority in your busy schedule.
Finish Your Book Now is a focused, small-group coaching program for writers who want to finish their novel in 2019.
This course is only for authors who have begun, but not finished, their current novel project.
You might be early in the creation of your first draft, or trying to complete your second revision, but the key point is that you must have started making notes, outlines, and, ideally, have written some initial pages.
Additionally, to get the most out of this course, you should be willing to re-imagine, at least to a small extent, your initial conception of your novel. Why?
Because this course guides you through some powerful, step-by-step techniques that will get you in a great place to finish your story.
These techniques involve examining your existing view of your book for unnecessary repetition, info dumps, heavy backstory, off-track scenes, and extraneous plot threads. The course videos, manuals, and live discussions will quickly alerting you to moments in the story where the plot has wandered off track.
Finishing your book will become so much easier once we relocate or remove those blocking story elements, the ones that have been keeping you stuck and unable to get this book written.
It's not about "killing your darlings": it's about isolating the core story that you want to tell, and trimming back everything else.
"Daniel respected my work and vision on a profound level but also had a keen editorial eye and a stroke of literary genius that took everything I’d written to the next level."
"With Daniel's scene instruction workshop, I was able to write more quickly and competently. He created a path for writing my chapters. Using his scene maps, I understood the scene I was crafting and how it functioned within the framework of my novel. I could focus on both the narrative and character arcs simultaneously.
I wish I had taken a class like this sooner. I would've been a better novelist and my short story production would've been much larger."
"Not all good writers are good teachers, but Daniel David Wallace (a talented, thoughtful writer himself) is a terrific instructor. If you can take a class with him, do it!"
Join 19 other writers for a ten-week program that will turn your novel around.
The course materials and lectures will be available as soon as you register.
The group coaching program begins on Friday January 25th.
All coaching sessions will be recorded so if you are busy, you can post questions ahead of time and watch me answer them in the recording.
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"He’s one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I’ve had. He gives the type of feedback that energizes rather than discourages, the kind that makes you feel like you can rebuild your novel—and rebuild it stronger.
I came away from this course not only with an incredibly detailed novel plan but also the lifelong skills to talk about how and why stories work. I feel empowered to plan many more stories going forward."
"About a year ago, I enrolled in my first course with you. Back then, I was so shy and insecure. I did the prompts but I just couldn’t bring myself up to share anything. Today I realized how far I have come. How much I have changed.
You didn’t just teach me to write better sentences. You boosted my confidence and gave me the courage to call myself a writer.
PS I love both “The ABC Plot” and “The Perfect First Stage.” It fits perfectly with my way of outlining and planning. It’s subtle enough to allow for spontaneous and natural occurring changes along the way, but gets down the essential and critical parts of the plot where you need it, and especially helps you tackle the beginning in great depth."
Creator of Finish Your Book Now
Hi! I'm Daniel. I help writers of all levels plan, draft, and revise their novels. I create simple, easy-to-implement techniques that help you master the craft of fiction.
This is the benefit of being both a professional writing coach and a PhD researcher: I take complex ideas and present them in their clearest, most essential form.
I'm a British writer living in Tennessee with three dogs, a cat, my brilliant wife, my very lively two-year-old son, and a Honda Odyssey mini-van.
I want this course to be a great writing experience for you.
That's why I'm offering a "double" guarantee. As you've already seen, I have a no-questions-asked money back guarantee. Not happy for any reason? Just tell me within thirty days and I'll process your refund.
However, while that sort of (standard, typical) guarantee is nice, it won't help you actually write your book. And I really want you to write your book.
So I'm offering another guarantee, on top of that one.
Here's the second guarantee: it's for people who take the course to the end.
If you get to the end of the ten weeks, and you've had a great time, and you've learned amazing skills, and you feel like a much happier, stronger writer, BUT still -- for whatever reason -- you feel like you didn't make quite enough progress on your actual draft as you hoped -- if you haven't written as many words as you planned, in other words -- just let me know.
You won't need to justify it or explain what happened.
You might simply send me an email saying, "Daniel, I'm still writing."
Then, when the course has wrapped up, I will offer you extra coaching and another two weeks of writing guidance (for free). In other words, that's the extra guarantee: if you enjoyed the course, but wish you had a little more time, I will happily give you that time. And offer advice and support.
Now, I don't think you will need this guarantee. I think we are all going to write a huge amount on this course. Still, I want this to be the best writing experience you've ever had. That's why I'm double guaranteeing it!
Last time I ran Finish Your Book Now, a few writers told me that they liked the look of my course, and they strongly suspected I could help them, but they felt guilty about signing up.
They worried that a "real writer" would just keep typing and scribbling away in their attic, working alone until the book was done.
Because of this legend, these writers feel uncomfortable joining a course.
If you are wondering about this too, I would say two things.
Firstly, the history of famous authors shows that a great many of them actively sought out advice and feedback. In Paris, Hemingway exchanged drafts, we are told, with James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The great short story writer Montpassant studied with Flaubert for years before publishing his first tale. It's just not true that most writers, in the early stage of their careers, tried to live in isolation, without aid or outside influence.
Secondly: how much time do you have?
Maybe you will figure it all out. But how much is your time worth to you? How much would you pay to get to your writing goal one year earlier? How much is that year worth to you?
Should you just try to keep writing on your own?
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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't like the course, just let us know within 30 days, and we'll send you a prompt refund.
The course will begin on Jan 25th. The actual experience of writing will continue for ten weeks, but you will have access to the course videos, worksheets, and other teaching materials forever.
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The premise of Nanowrimo is that everyone writes 50,000 words in one month. That's 1,500 words a day. It's a lot, but the worst thing is -- most novels are longer than fifty thousand words! So you might not even have finished the draft by the end of the month. So, while I love Nanowrimo, I wanted to teach a course with a slightly slower pace, one that I thought people with jobs and family responsibilities would have no trouble completing. Additionally, I didn't want to run a course that was a pure mad dash for a month. Not that there's anything wrong with a mad dash. But I wanted, instead, to offer real skills and lifelong training. You will finish this course seeing fast writing as a normal, standard part of your process, not as a wild and crazy thing you try out once a year.
I have designed this course for busy people. You will be able to get started quickly and make rapid progress. Additionally, the focus of the course is rapid, guilt-free creation. However, this is a book-writing class, and books require a lot of words! So you will need to reserve time each week to produce new pages: I imagine that somewhere between thirty minutes to an hour each day will keep you up to speed. The group will be encouraging you, and I'll be checking in on the phone every four weeks, so you will have lots of accountability and motivation to keep working. Plus we will have at least one "catch up" sprint week, where we will all race to see who can add the most words to their manuscript.
Um, the short answer is NO. We are all going to be sharing rough ideas, drafts, sketches.
You'll be invited to apply to my "Writing Circle," a select program for writers who want to help each other stay on track and solve problems.
P.S.: I only lead this particular course twice a year. So if it is interesting, sign up now, because after the deadline passes, I don't know when I will run it again.
The course closes for new registrations on January 25th at 8pm, US East Coast time.