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How To Make Writing Easier: Free Writing Classes

How To Make Writing Easier: Free Writing Classes

Want to make writing easier? Even if you love writing, writing can be a challenge. On bad days, the temptation is to write “tomorrow”. Before you know it, a week’s passed, and you haven’t written a word.

We’re offering free writing classes to make writing easier.

By “writing” we mean anything and everything: fiction, nonfiction, social media content, advertising… For example, I know many writers suffer when they try to write marketing content to promote their books. As you’ll discover, with the right processes, it truly is easy.

In Write More: Free Writing Classes Coming Next Week we said:

Free writing classes, with free reference material, to make writing easier

We’ll work with the writing programs which we’re no longer selling. You’ll download them completely for free, and each week, in the ezine, and here, we’ll create some exercises to help you to get to grips with the material.

In essence: free writing classes, so you can build your skills, make more income, and be a much happier writer.

Consider this. If you learn and USE just one new strategy a week, for  three months, that would make 12 new strategies. Do you think that those 12 would increase your opportunities? I know that they would.

Our first strategy is discovering yourself — how to put yourself into your writing, and write more, more easily. We’ll do that using Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer’s Voice, And Sell as our reference text.

Your writing will improve too

You don’t need to slave over your writing to write well — discover that you can increase your writing speed, and the quality of your writing too.

You’ll need to subscribe

The free writing classes are for members of our writing groups. You can join here if you’re not already subscribed.

It doesn’t matter what you’re writing; you’ll learn processes and strategies which make writing much easier.

Join us — your receive your first lesson next Tuesday.

Wondering how much time to budget for the classes?

Your free writing class is simple, practical, and powerful. If you have 20 minutes a day over three days, you’re golden.

Eager to get started? Join here.

Your First Novel: Why You Don’t Need an Editor Yet

Your First Novel: Why You Don’t Need an Editor YetYou’ve just completed your first novel. Everyone’s telling you that you need an editor. They’re wrong.

Here’s why. After writing your first novel, you’ve learned a lot. Getting to the finish line was a huge accomplishment, so kudos for that. However, at this stage, you’re much too close to your novel to see it clearly. You’re too attached to it — it’s your baby, after all. Since that’s the case, it’s unlikely that an edit will help you. Much more likely, it will hopelessly confuse you.

So, if you’re not getting an edit, what should you do?

Write your second novel

You need to write your second novel. Take a short break, by all means. But don’t make it a long break — start your second novel as soon as you can.

Here are the benefits of writing your second novel, immediately after you’ve finished your first:

  • Working on your next novel clears your mind. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve learned. You’ll reread your first novel, and you’ll immediately see how you can make it better.
  • You can use what you learned in writing your first novel, in your second. Your second novel will be better than your first.
  • If you’re working on something else, you won’t be heart-broken by anything your beta readers tell you.

I know, I know… you’re hoping for fame and fortune from your first novel, aren’t you?

Will your first novel make you famous?

Anything’s possible. It could. However, if you decide that you’re not working on anything else because your first novel is sure to be a bestseller, you’re in for quite a reality check.

Don’t sit around waiting. For one thing, you’ll be waiting a long time, and for another, you’re wasting valuable writing time. Even if your first novel is a HUGE success, you need something else for people to buy, so get on with it, and write Novel Number Two — start writing now.

I conducted a mini-poll among my traditionally-published friends. I asked them how many novels they’d written before they got one published. The results? These six novelists wrote between six and seventeen novels before one was published.

I asked my traditionally published friends, because today anyone can publish anything and can call it a novel. That’s huge freedom, and I’m all for it. However, now matter how you publish, you need to learn your craft. And there’s a lot to learn.

When should you edit your first novel?

After you’ve written your second. You’ll be able to see your novel more clearly. Edit it yourself. Once it’s as good as you can make it… you think it’s perfect… Hire an editor. At that stage (you’ll be writing your third novel at this point) you’ll be able to make the best use of any advice you get from an editor.

Your editor’s advice: remember it’s YOUR book, your name’s on the cover

When I got the revision notes from my editor on my first novel many years ago, I argued. I spent a lot of time defending my characters, my plot, and my word choices. From memory, I received around eight pages of notes on a 70K novel. My whining and arguments exceeded those pages.

That was long before email, so I didn’t send the letter, thank heavens.

I argued. I sulked. Then I slept on it. It took around a week, but I eventually realized that my editor was right in 80% of what she said. The other 20% I argued for, and won a couple of the arguments.

I’m telling you this story, because I finally realized that my editor made my story better. She also taught me a lot about structure and editing.

An editor makes your story better. However, you need to be able to put aside your emotions. You also need to be able to see your story clearly. If you’re working on a current project when you get an editor’s notes on your novel, it’s much easier to do that.

Keep writing. 🙂

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Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days

Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days

Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 4
Genre: Writing
Tag: writing fiction
You want to write a novel. Perhaps you can't get started. Or maybe you got started, and then you stopped.You need a plan, broken down into easy steps. This program began as a 30-day challenge which I organized for readers in 2010. Hundreds of writers joined the challenge and completed it. They wrote novels. More info →

What You Can Learn From Dan Brown About Writing Your Book

What You Can Learn From Dan Brown About Writing Your Book

You’re writing a book, and of course you want to finish it.  Here’s what ensures that you’ll do that: write every day.

In The Wait of the World’s on Dan Brown – WSJ.com bestselling author Dan Brown is quoted on his working habits:

“… ‘For me, writing is a discipline, much like playing a musical instrument; it requires constant practice and honing of skills. For this reason, I write seven days a week. So, my routine begins at around 4:00 AM every morning, when there are no distractions.'”

Writing your book every day: tips to help

1. Schedule time to write, even if it’s only five minutes

If you can turn daily writing into a habit, you’ll not only have more fun with your writing, but you’ll also complete your book.

Avoid making heavy demands on yourself while you’re developing your writing habit. Schedule five minutes. Anyone can spend five minutes a day writing. Inevitably, sooner or later, your five minutes will become ten, then 20.

2. Change your writing tools, and/ or your location if you’re feeling stuck

Big tip: each and every book you write is a new journey. Some books will flow out of you — you’ll love your writing, because it’s so easy. Other books will be tortuous. You’ll struggle. I’ve no idea why that is, it just happens.

If you’re struggling, commit to your book. Tell yourself that no matter how crappy this book is, you’ll finish it. The voice which says “this is junk” in your head is just your inner editor, who is often wrong. Ignore your editor while you’re writing. Invite him back later.

You will struggle. It’s normal. On the days when you don’t feel like writing, or hate your characters, or think your plot is pure drivel, change your writing tools. Handwrite your daily stint. Or write on your phone.

Change your location, too. On days I truly don’t want to write, I take myself into the city, and write in a coffee shop, or in an art gallery’s restaurant. The words always flow.

3. Tell yourself you’re a writer, and writers write

Don’t want to write? Write anyway. Moods come and go, and moods are treacherous. Here’s how to outwit a “don’t wanna” mood. Make writing the first thing you do every day — this helps many writers. I get up around five each morning, and write for a couple of hours. When you get up early, your inner editor is still asleep.

The night before, put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, so that you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Tell yourself that as soon as you hear the alarm, you’ll get out of bed, without fail. Amazingly enough, you’ll do it. 🙂

4. Before you go to bed, read the last chapter you wrote, and outline the next scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction)

Your aim when you sit down to write is to WRITE. If you don’t know what comes next, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking, and before you know it, you’ll decide that what you’re writing is junk, you’re approaching the book from the wrong direction, your character is a moron… yadda, yadda…

Avoid this by outlining the next day’s writing the night before. Tip: by “outline” I mean write a few sentences, that’s all. No need for a “real” outline. (Forget about “real” outlines, if you haven’t done so already. :-))

Happy writing… 🙂 Write every day, and you WILL finish your book.

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial fiction has been around since the days of Charles Dickens. Self-publishing authors love it. Discover how to write serials in our new four week class. Coaching is included — you’re not writing alone.

By the end of the program, you’ll have published several episodes of your serial fiction. You’ll also be steadily marketing, while you’re writing and publishing.

Join us: you’ll have a lot of fun, and you’ll boost your fiction writing career.

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