Writing a book? 
How much research do you need to do?


Researching your story and setting is essential.

This video provides you with a simple, structured framework for knowing when to research your story, and when NOT to. Watch the video to speed up your writing process and feel like a more expert, happy writer.

How long does it take to ride from Edinburgh to Newcastle?

  • Divide your research into three levels
  • Get inspired by Gustave Flaubert
  • Discover the wrong way to think about a first draft

What you'll learn from this video...


The graph of awesomeness

Why facts are your friend


The two-minute rule

There is one kind of "research" that will make your first draft so much harder


The magic of rich language

What readers call "plausible" or "authentic" is often just a well-made paragraph


One weird trick

It's crazy. It's embarrassing. And it might help you write a lot faster.

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This is the first video in a series of three: a short training series about writing your book more efficiently and with less stress. If you enter your email address, I'll notify you as soon as the second video is ready.

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The low-stress first draft

A video training series for writers.

What other writers say:

Julia Brown testimonial

Daniel’s courses are chock full of useful information.

"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!"

JULIA BROWN //  Editor and author

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Is it weird that I think of him as my literary midwife? Because I totally do.

"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."

Tawni Waters  //  Author of The Long Ride Home & Beauty of the Broken

Daniel David Wallace //  Author, Coach, Editor

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In this series, I'm sharing my PhD research in writing and narrative theory, as well as my professional experience as a book editor and writing coach.  I hope you find the "three scenes a week" idea useful!


Writing a book? 
How much research do you need to do?


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