Becoming A Writer

Writing Warm-Up Exercises - Learn The Basics Of Great Non-Fiction Writing In Three Minutes A Day

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  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Course Description

So you're writing... and that makes you a writer!

And just like every athlete needs great warm-up exercises; so every writer needs great writing exercises.

This course is designed to get you started as a writer. To practice writing your words onto paper or onto your computer so that you can build confidence to write and publish your work.

What Makes "Good" Writing?

In this online writing course you’ll learn how to write the four clear principles of good non-fiction writing. The four "C's" I call them. And all the exercises are carefully designed to fit within that structure. Every time you do one, you are building technique in one of those four principles.

It's just like flexing a muscle at the gym - getting fitter helps you play your chosen sport better.

Practice Makes Perfect?

When people tell you that you need to practice whatever level of writer you are. But it can be hard to know what that means. This course gives you twelve exercises to choose from to get the practice you need, to find your own style when you're first starting to write, and to get into the groove quickly the more you master your craft. It helps you build the confidence to put your writing into the world and to press "publish", whatever that means for you. Go through the exercises one by one, day by day, or just pick any single one as you feel like it to just get started or to get unstuck.

Who's This For?

This online writing course is designed for authors and bloggers at any level, from this course you will learn how to write from good to great in just three minutes a day!

If you're taking any of my other courses, then these are perfect exercises to get you into the writing groove in the first week of that course while you're planning out your book.

This online writing course to help you become a better non-fiction writer is also a perfect fit for anyone creating video, audio or any kind of written information product - the same principles apply and these exercises will help you learn how to write engaging content whatever format you are using.

What are the requirements?

  • three minutes a day to practice...

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 19 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • to build confidence and technique into your writing

What is the target audience?

  • writers
  • authors
  • bloggers
  • information product creators
  • anyone who wants to improve their writing or build more confidence to publish their information products!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome! And How To Use This Course
Welcome! And Orientation
Becoming A Writer: Building Confidence And Technique For Non-Fiction Writing
Section 2: The Four Principles Of Great Non-Fiction Writing
The Four Principles Of Great Non-Fiction Writing
31 pages
Downloadable handbook to accompany this course. This is NOT a video lecture - it's a pdf document you can save to your computer or print out as a handy reference guide. It goes into more detail than the video lectures on the exercises (and gives examples as well). Enjoy!

Some students have shared that they would like access to this on their ipad or iphone app and I wanted to let you know that there is a button under the lecture that says "save for offline". Just click and the lecture downloads for you to read whether you are online or out of reach of 3G or wifi. Very cool!
Section 3: The Twelve Writing Exercises
Introduction To The Writing Exercises
Equipment - Get Set Up!
Exercise 1: Lists
Exercise 2: What's Your Why?
Exercise 3: Random Connections
Exercise 4: The Good In People
Exercise 5: Processes (Writing To Teach)
Execise 6: Principles (Writing To Teach)
Exercise 7: Telling Stories
Exercise 8: A Single Sense
Exercise 9: Giving Advice (Writing To Teach)
Exercise 10: Opposite Perspectives
Exercise 11: Less Is More
Exercise 12: Love Your Writing
Section 4: Final Words
Final Words...

Instructor Biography

Cathy Presland, Author, Speaker, Strategist.

Cathy works with entrepreneurs who want to write and sell books as part of their business (and personal) growth strategy. Whether it's for brand-building and credibility, or to share a message – and best of all when there's a link between the two.

You can find Cathy's training courses here on Udemy. She also leads live workshops and events to help you get your book done and really take your business to the next level of success. "Marketing is a credibility game" as one of her students said and there is nothing that will boost your credibility faster than having a good book.

Cathy wrote her first book in 2010. And sold 37 copies the next month. Not bad. But she knew it could do better and had gone on to build success after success with sold-out workshops and Amazon bestsellers. She now has a raft of highly regarded training courses behind her and works with multiple bestselling authors to show them how to use a digital book to reach more people and get more credibility in their field.

Cathy loves the business end. How your book can fit your business, how you can take what you already know and turn it into a book without having to re-create from scratch. Clients choose to work with her for her warm and motivating approach, and her razor-sharp expertise at taking your ideas and turning them into a structured and engaging book that readers love to consume.

She’s also an expert in the whole world of self-publishing and online marketing – and while she doesn’t guarantee to make your book a bestseller, she has a long line of credentials of bestselling authors who have worked with her or taken her training courses.

Cathy loves to work with people who are decisive and motivated. She wants nothing more than for you to take action and succeed. Thinking about a solution isn't enough. You have to move – that’s when the magic happens.

The back story...

For over twenty years Cathy has been an economic adviser to governments around the world. Economics is all about creating and sharing wealth and she'll tell you that we have to be proactive about the sharing part. She’s set up a micro-lending fund for women in Africa, and headed up multi-billion euro packages of European economic development funding.

Today her ambitions are to help you create a business and life you love so that you can be inspired to do the big stuff.

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Twitter Writing Skills

Anyone who has texted while using the autocorrect function on a smartphone has undoubtedly sent a text with a mistake. Sometimes laughable and sometimes awkward, these autocorrect errors can often be partially blamed on the device - texting happens fast, and who has time to check everything? At least texts are relatively private.

However, on social media - and particularly Twitter - errors can pretty much be blamed solely on the user. After all, when a message is going to be seen by potentially thousands of followers, the sender really should take the time to make sure that those 140 characters are correct.

So which social media users write the most grammatically correct tweets? We examined millions of geotagged tweets from a period of approximately 15 months searching for about 40 misspelled and misused phrases to see which states made the fewest mistakes.

After the District of Columbia, the states whose writers had the fewest number of mistakes in tweets were Mississippi, Vermont, Hawaii, and Arkansas - interestingly, some of these are the hardest-to-spell state names.

Fortunately, thanks to software - or proofreading - misspellings can often be caught. However, misuse of words and phrases is just as rampant on social media. Misuse of the different "there," "they're," and "their" as well as "your" and "you're" is quite common, but unfortunately there isn't a way to determine the proper use in the context of the tweet on a mass scale. However, we did search for misused phrases that are never correct - in any context.

Sometimes what annoys people more than misspellings and typos are misunderstood phrases. Many figures of speech don't have obvious origins, making it easy for people to mix up what the words actually are (even when they know what the phrase means). A great example is "all intensive purposes," which should really be, "all intents and purposes." We searched for several phrases like this, and "could care less" (instead of "couldn't care less") and "mute point" (instead of "moot point") revealed interesting results.

Note: 0.00 on a state means that in our set of analyzed tweets, no one used the phrase in that state.

After exploring the geographical trends, we also examined gender-based differences. In our study, women spelled and correctly used words and phrases more often than men did. One reason could be the way women and men use their brains: While men typically use one side of their brain more than the other, women use both equally, which leads to better verbal skills.

With Twitter and other forms of social media, people are able to disseminate news and information quickly. However, just because social media is meant to be fast doesn't mean messages shouldn't be checked before sent. Inaccuracy has implications. Lack of professionalism aside, there is the real possibility of "occasionnal" "embarassment" when people don't "try and" spell and use words and phrases correctly, even if they think their readers or customers "could care less."