Starting to write

Be a more creative you. Take small steps and start writing today.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (653 ratings)
27,561 students
Starting to write
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (653 ratings)
27,569 students
You'll develop a writing habit.
You'll learn to write without waiting for a big idea.
You'll get some tips for moving on to the next stage.

Requirements

  • An interest in writing and in exploring your creative side
  • A notebook
  • Basic knowledge of word processing helps, but isn't essential
  • Time and space to write (but that could be 15 minutes on a bus or in a cafe)
Description

This beginners course in Creative Writing will teach you that you don't need to have a 'big idea' to start writing, and will give you proven strategies and practical techniques so that you can start writing straight away. You'll create word sketches and sense impressions, and take your writing out with you so you can write on location. You'll learn the secrets that all practising writers know, and why you should try to make your first drafts as imperfect as possible. I'll also give you some next steps so you can take things further when you're ready. 

Who this course is for:
  • Absolute beginners who haven't tried creative writing before
  • Anyone who wants to rediscover their creative side
  • Copywriters and nonfiction writers who want to try writing fiction or poetry
  • Teachers starting to teach Creative Writing who need ideas
Course content
8 sections • 43 lectures • 1h 3m total length
  • A one minute writing activity to get you started
    00:40
  • What's this course all about and who is it for?
    01:38
  • An overview of the course and a bit about me
    03:20
  • How to download resources
    00:36
  • Starting Words
    03:00
  • A quick reminder of the Starting Words exercise
    00:19
  • How to approach this course
    01:22
  • What equipment do I need?
    01:45
  • What we covered in this section
    00:17
  • Word Sketches
    04:08
  • How can I help you?
    00:35
  • Sense Impressions
    02:18
  • Noticing things
    01:32
  • What we did in the 'Start Writing' section
    01:02
  • Introduction to on the road
    01:06
  • Go outside
    01:42
  • Writing in cafés and on trains
    01:30
  • A quick summary of 'On the Road'
    01:10
  • Introduction to start where you are
    02:20
  • Getting over yourself
    01:05
  • Don’t wait until you feel like it
    01:20
  • Turning up
    01:26
  • Create a space
    01:41
  • What we covered in 'Start Where You Are'
    01:00
  • Test what you know so far
    3 questions
  • Introduction to drafting and redrafting
    02:00
  • Have a go at drafting and redrafting
    00:59
  • Weather writing
    01:19
  • What we did in the drafting and redrafting section
    01:00
  • Introduction to What Next?
    01:00
  • Your Writing Habit and Writing Prompts
    01:43
  • You did it! Now keep writing.
    01:00
  • Your Writing Calendar Challenge
    00:55
  • Your Writing Goals Challenge
    00:51
  • Your Gratitude Challenge
    00:29
  • Invitation to take part in my other Udemy courses (coupon codes in resources)
    01:47
  • Connecting with other writers
    07:00
  • The Power of Dedicated Writing Time
    01:30
  • A writing prompt to use when you've run out of ideas
    01:10
  • Looking at the world with a writer's eyes
    01:10
  • Your Two Free Books
    00:47
  • The books in the small steps series
    00:59
  • The Best Time to Plant a Tree
    00:35
  • Habit stacking
    00:35

Instructor
Writer and teacher
Louise Tondeur
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 736 Reviews
  • 30,548 Students
  • 6 Courses

I've published two novels with Headline Review,The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls , and I've been teaching for 25 years. I've also published a book on time management, a short story collection and several writing guides. I help creative people find time to write amongst the hectic-ness of everyday life.