Writing A Book: The First Draft
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Writing A Book: The First Draft

Learn your style of writing and get that first book out of your head
4.1 (94 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
6,618 students enrolled
Created by Perry Wilson
Last updated 8/2016
English
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn your writing approach
  • Get that first draft down on paper
  • Learn about revision and editing
  • Learn how to build characters that can carry the story
  • learn about the two different publishing options
Requirements
  • a desire to write a book length work
Description

When you have a book inside you crying to be told, you need help. Knowing what the 'experts' do isn't always helpful. Sometimes you just need a coach to lead you through the aspects of storytelling. This course will give you insight into how YOU write, and then follow a path to creating great characters, interesting story, and solid conflict.

That's how a great story is created.

Who this course is for:
  • anyone who wants to write a book
Course content
Expand all 9 lectures 01:11:25
+ Getting to the first draft
7 lectures 53:42

A quick introduction to me and my background in writing. Also a note about lesson numbers. I foolishly added lesson numbers to the videos, and then started adding content which means the videos no longer match to the lesson number. I hope that doesn't bother you. 

Preview 01:17

If you've ever wanted to know how to write a book, this lecture will help you understand the two different approaches to writing. You'll take a quiz that will help point you in the direction of the style that will be most comfortable for you and you'll hear how both styles approach writing.

Preview 08:22

In this lesson we investigate story structure and how to create escalating tension when writing a book to draw your reader along.

Structure and the story
12:29

A lesson on using the 7 anchor scenes in the development of your first draft

The 7 Anchor Scenes
07:20
In this lesson we learn about the different aspects of characters building. Learn why your heroes need flaws and your villains need depth.
Characters - your people and your world
11:24
In this lesson, we get a little deeper into conflict and learn how to tweak the Goals Actions and Conflict in a story to make it more exciting.
Conflict - the more the better
05:30

In this lesson you'll get tips and ideas on how to take the idea in your head that keep trying to build into a story and get them on the page. The information you learn here will set you up to write the full first draft of the novel.

The first draft - how to get it on the page
07:20
+ Revision and beyond
2 lectures 17:43
This lesson delves into the process of revising the book. This is where the craft of storytelling is used the most.
Revision - the real story craft
09:51

The final lesson. A discussion of the features of traditional and self-publishing. 

Preview 07:52