10 Exercises for Authors
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10 Exercises for Authors

Kung Fu for authors - learn to write better through exercises to make you think differently
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Created by Harry Dewulf
Last updated 12/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Better integrate the essential author skills of verbal communication and artistic creation
  • Re-use the exercises to continue to deepen the effects of the lessons learned.
  • Be more aware of the reader.
  • Be more aware of word choice and its effects on narration.
  • You'll need to set up your preferred writing environment - your laptop or your notepad.

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:

  • description and emotion
  • action and description
  • action and emotion
  • dialog and description
  • show, tell and feel
  • author perception and reader perception

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.

Who this course is for:
  • People who want to become authors, and authors who want to hone both their craft and their art
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 01:14:38
+ Why Exercises?
1 lecture 08:33

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.

Preview 08:33
+ The Exercises - 1 to 3
3 lectures 10:44

A two part exercise about word choice.

Fairly easy.

Exercise 1: Of Few Words

A one part exercise about dialog and being aware of the reader.

Intermediate difficulty.

Preview 02:47

A one part exercise about clarity and density.

Fairly difficult.

Exercise 3: The Practical Men
+ Exercise 4
3 lectures 09:26

Part 1 of a 3 part exercise.

This exercise is of intermediate difficulty but may take up to a week to complete.

The Shortest Story, Part 1.

Part 2 of a 3 part exercise. DO PART ONE FIRST.

The Shortest Story, Part 2

Part 3 of a 3 part exercise. DO PARTS ONE AND TWO FIRST.

The Shortest Story, Part 3
+ Exercises 5, 6, 7
3 lectures 12:23

A one part exercise in stages, about reader awareness and about balanced narration.

Fairly easy.

Exercise 5: Argument

A two part exercise in balanced narration and combining objectives.

Fairly difficult. More difficult than WKF 5.

Exercise 6: Not What It Is

A two part exercise in diction and vocabulary awareness.

Intermediate difficulty.

Exercise 7: Of Many Words
+ Exercises 8, 9, 10
3 lectures 22:21

A one part exercise in narrative technique.

The only exercise that resembles lit. crit. !!!

Difficulty is unpredictable.

Exercise 8: Show and Tell

A 3 part imagination exercise with an optional written exercise.

Difficulty varies from one author to another. Feedback is encouraged!

Preview 08:13

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.

Fairly difficult.

Exercise 10: Limits of Perception
+ Conclusions and Bonus
2 lectures 11:11

An extra lesson and exercise.

Watch this space for details of my upcoming poetry course!

Lesson 11

All about my work with authors, and how I can help you.

Bonus Lecture: How to Learn More