Course 1: Prewriting

Modules and Lessons on Prewriting.

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Maybe you live alone in a log cabin atop the Bighorn Mountains in snowy Montana. You use an old Smith-Corona Classic 12 typewriter to bang out the great American novel, slip your pages into an envelope, and saddle up the horse for the forty-mile trek to the nearest post office to send…

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash Your writing space is set up. You’ve got your fluffy socks on. Your mug is full of steamy tea. You’re ready to go. Now what? What software tools will you use to get started? Which habits should you try to form to keep up with your writing goals? How will you motivate…

How, When, and Where do You Write?

How, When, and Where do You Write?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash There is no one correct way to write a story. Great fiction has been written in million dollar offices on fancy computers, in fast food restaurants on notebooks, on iPhones in the subway, on a roll of prison toilet paper. As long as you have a writing tool and a bit of…

An Ending with Consequence

An Ending with Consequence

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash Nothing beats a really satisfying ending. Nail your ending and the reader will shut your book with a smile on their face and an eagerness to find out what else you’ve written. But execute your ending poorly and you’ll leave them with a sour taste in their mouth and earn yourself unflattering…

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash So you’ve found and named a protagonist, gave him a best friend, a dog, a mom, and a few other supporting characters. You’re ready to go! Except, you don’t really know your characters all that well yet. You have their hair and eye color figured out, but their personality traits are still…

Finding & Naming Characters

Finding & Naming Characters

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash Your story can have the coolest world-building and biggest ideas ever, but unless your readers love the characters you create, your writing will fall flat. We are drawn to stories because of the characters: characters we want to be, characters we fall in love with, characters we hate…but have so much fun…