In this course you will learn over a dozen repeatable exercises that will teach you something new not only about writing in general, but about your own writing, every time you repeat them.
You'll learn not only through exercises, but why exercises are effective, and what they are really for. You'
Almost all the exercises integrate multiple writing techniques, but more importantly, integrate imaginative and linguistic techniques in exactly the way that great authors write:
You don't learn creativity by rote-learning formulas and methodologies. Creative process isn't a process.
You're an author, or you want to become one, and you know that writing is partly about applying techniques, but mostly it's about producing a coherent whole. Mostly, it's about bringing together everything at once.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to learning in any discipline, but in particular in learning a creative art, is understanding what exercises are for.
It's pretty obviously that practice improves your technique. If you go to life-drawing classes, you'll get to practice your technique at drawing from life. But exercises will teach you even more. Artists fill up notebooks with details - page after page of hands, eyes, joints. These exercises improve their control of the pencil, of course; that's what practice and repetition do. But exercises affect your thinking. They affect your perception.
After you've filled up a notebook with nothing but thumbs, you see thumbs differently.
Writing exercises will help you to see creative writing differently.
A two part exercise about word choice.
A one part exercise about dialog and being aware of the reader.
A one part exercise about clarity and density.
Part 1 of a 3 part exercise.
This exercise is of intermediate difficulty but may take up to a week to complete.
Part 2 of a 3 part exercise. DO PART ONE FIRST.
Part 3 of a 3 part exercise. DO PARTS ONE AND TWO FIRST.
A one part exercise in stages, about reader awareness and about balanced narration.
A two part exercise in balanced narration and combining objectives.
Fairly difficult. More difficult than WKF 5.
A two part exercise in diction and vocabulary awareness.
A one part exercise in narrative technique.
The only exercise that resembles lit. crit. !!!
Difficulty is unpredictable.
A 3 part imagination exercise with an optional written exercise.
Difficulty varies from one author to another. Feedback is encouraged!
A two part exercise with bonus mini lessons/rants.
The exercise is about focus and objective, and will challenge your imagination and your narrative discipline.
An extra lesson and exercise.
Watch this space for details of my upcoming poetry course!
All about my work with authors, and how I can help you.
I've spent the last 9 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.
My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.