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Have you been stuck on a writing project for a long time and are frustrated by your inability to move forward?
Do you ever wonder why some people finish so many writing projects and others can't get anything done?
Do you really want to publish something but find yourself unable to finish your project?
Are other people depending on you to finish a writing project that you just can't complete?
This short course, taught by a book editor who has acquired, edited, and published over 500 books walks you through some of the reasons you might be having trouble getting your writing done. The course will give you strategies to get out of your own way and get your writing moving again.
Whether you are writing a novel or a business plan; whether you have been published before or a total novice, this course will give you an action plan to move forward and explain the things to look out for that are signs you will never finish your project.
This is essential, no frills information delivered by an industry insider with the single-minded goal to help you get your writing done.
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An introduction to your instructor and an overview of the course including an explanation of why it matters what a book editor thinks if you are planning to self-publish and will never be dealing with an actual book editor.
|Section 1: Thinking Like an Editor|
This lesson explains why understanding how book editors think can help you get unstuck from your writing. You'll learn about the reasons why book projects get rejected from publishers and then you'll learn how this understanding can help you refocus your writing project. Even if you are self-publishing, it helps to write with an editor in mind. This "ideal reader" can become the focal point for you to get from where you are with your manuscript to where you want to be.
This lesson will explain why just having an idea for something to write about or a topic to write about is not the same has having a concept. A concept is a three-part description of a writing project that contains within it all the ingredients to get you to a completed manuscript. We will go over the three parts of a concept, give examples of how to take "topics" or "ideas" and turn them into "concepts".
Everyone knows that you need to write with an audience in mind. Yet there is a very common misunderstanding of what having an audience means, and what it means to have a large audience. This lesson will explain why a "large audience of everyone" can really be a detriment to your writing and why a "narrow" audience can really be a wide one. Examples will walk you through the process of defining an audience for your project.
|Section 2: Writing and Editing Tips that Actually Work|
There are thousands of writing books out there with excellent advice. But what advice really works? What advice is really going to help you get moving, and get done, with your project? This lesson provides five pieces of writing advice from master teachers, analyzed from a book editor's perspective to explain why the advice really works to get you moving again on your stalled writing project.
There are thousands of writing books out there with excellent advice. But what advice really works? What advice is really going to help you get moving, and get done, with your project? This lesson provides five pieces of editing advice from master teachers, analyzed from a book editor's perspective to explain why the advice really works to help you edit the writing you have and take it to the next stage.
Let's face it. You are still wondering whether or not you're going to finish your writing. As a book editor I have worked with close to a thousand writers. Most of them finish their manuscripts; some of them don't. This final lesson will bring together, from my decades of experience, the 7 biggest warning signs I see that tell me someone is in danger of not finishing their writing project. By going through this checklist and discussion, students will be able to assess their own potential as to whether or not they are in danger of not completing their project.
CONCLUSION: TAKING THIS COURSE WITH YOU AS YOU WRITE
Deborah Malmud is a non-fiction book editor with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. She has acquired, edited, and published over 500 works of non-fiction; reviewed thousands of book proposals; and worked with hundreds of writers. She has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia and a BA in American Studies from Brown.