Writing Practice: 11 essential heuristics for power writers
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Writing Practice: 11 essential heuristics for power writers

Professional writer Damien Walter shares secrets to make you BETTER than a ninja writer - a samurai of sentences!
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Created by Damien Walter
Last updated 5/2020
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What you'll learn
  • Essential heuristics for great writing.
Requirements
  • Fluent English.
Description

From the teacher of the Udemy bestselling course Rhetoric of Story. A new course for writers of all levels.


PLEASE NOTE : this course is in development, with new talks added regularly.


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Did you ever stay up until dawn reading a great book? Has your worldview ever been rocked by a powerful essay? Were you ever been left breathless by the words of a great novelist, playwright or poet?


Have you ever wanted to tell your story to the world but just... could...not...find...the words?!


In over a decade as a writing teacher, Damien Walter has helped thousands of students find their voice.


Now he shares a new course to develop the foundational skills to build a powerful writing practice.



What separates a good writer...from a great writer?


Copywriter. Journalist. Professional blogger. Content creator. Or just plain "Writer".


Whatever the role, great writing is one of the most in demand and highest rewarded skills in the new freelance economy.


But delivering great, creative writing, on demand and to deadline, will test even a great writer to the limits.


The writers who make it don't just have great skills. They have learned the most powerful heuristics.


"Heuristic : any approach to problem solving that employs a practical method, not guaranteed to be perfect, but good enough to reach an immediate goal."



Heuristics are mental shortcuts that ease the cognitive load of making a decision.


After thousands of hours watching students struggle with complex, made-up "rules of writing", Damien came up with a better way.


By learning and practicing these 11 essential heuristics, anyone can power-up their writing. From ambitious young writers to seasoned pros, practicing the essentials will raise you to the next level.


Each heuristic is introduced in a simple talk with multiple examples. But the real work happens away from the screen. Practical exercises for you to complete in your own time teach and reinforce the 11 heuristics.


The more you practice writing, the more powerful your writing practice becomes.


Who this course is for:
  • Beginner and all levels.
Course content
Expand all 7 lectures 02:22:57
+ Writing Practice ONE
1 lecture 37:57

Writing Practice : 11 essential heuristics to power-up your writing.


PRACTICE ONE : Omit Needless Words.


It’s the most basic rule of thumb for the writer; only put a word on the page if it needs to be there. As a well designed machine has no needless parts, well designed writing omits needless words.


Make sure you have watched the talk on Omit Needless Words before proceeding.


Follow the link below for the full practice exercise :


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yTYP_dtAX3EMMuZh3jB0kVJS-21uFG6XCIBnYKNTMvc/edit?usp=sharing

Preview 37:57
+ Writing Practice TWO
1 lecture 30:42

Writing Practice : 11 essential heuristics to power-up your writing.


PRACTICE TWO : Small Words Strike Hard

Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious! Long words make people smart, right? WRONG! It's the small words that do all the work of making meaning.


Make sure you have watched the talk on Small Words Strike Hard before proceeding.


Follow the link below for the full practice exercise :

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17XKCoVhv76QZu_nL0rnlsJE8Ne6qc4xaO_ZiNC3BmU8/edit?usp=sharing

Small Strong Words
30:42