How I Wrote a NaNoWriMo Novel in 6 Days

Speed Writing Your Novel for Creativity, Productivity, and Self-Confidence
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Note: The price of this course will go up to $99 on December 1.

Note 2: I added a section on "Muses and Scenes - Creativity on Demand".

This course will help you prove to yourself that you can succeed in a major challenge such as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That will skyrocket your self-confidence.

There are writing challenges throughout the year. These include NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and Book in a Week.

You will learn how to:

  • quickly write the first draft of a novel
  • be more creative
  • be more productive
  • get motivated and stay that way
  • overcome writers block
  • plan a novel
  • micro-plan a novel if you need to get started right now
  • keep writing without getting stuck for more than a minute

You will learn from a nine time winner of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and five time Municipal Liaison (local volunteer).

Note: In the NaNoWriMo world, the word "win" means to write at least 50,000 words in November. There are thousands of winners each year.

Enroll in this course to make a positive change in your life experience as well as your writing experience.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a computer with a microphone and a word processor.
  • You will need Internet access.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will know that you can take on major challenges and succeed
  • You will be able to come up with more creative ideas than before.
  • You will know how to quickly write the first draft of a novel.
  • You will be able to express yourself more clearly in writing and speaking.
  • You will feel more comfortable when communicating.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who want to win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
  • This course is for people who want to improve their communication skills - both written and spoken.
  • This course is for people who want to increase their imagination and creativity.
  • This course is for people who want to increase their productivity.
  • This is not for people who have no desire to improve their creative abilities.
  • This course is not for people who don't want to challenge themselves.

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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
01:57

Here is what to expect from this writing course.

01:06

Would you like to have a dynamic teacher? Here's how.

00:58

Meet your instructor, Jim Kitzmiller.

Section 2: Motivation
02:09

An accountability partner can help you stay focused on your writing and keep moving forward. And you and your partner can keep each other focused on taking specific steps to improve the most important things in your life.

2 pages

Your writing and life in general would go a lot better if you got an accountability partner. But it's your decision.

1 question

Your choice of a partner.

Section 3: Planning
01:40

Get an overview of the various types of novel planning:

  • Outlining
  • Edit as you go
  • The Snowflake Method
  • Seat of the Pants
  • Microplanning
1 question

What is the best system for planning a novel?

03:37

Why not let technology generate some characters for you? This could be especially helpful for minor characters.

1 page

Go ahead and try the Fake Name Generator to get characters for your novel.

06:34

It is easy to write one sentence summaries for possible novels. Many will be disposable. A few will be good topics for your novel.

1 page

Why not see the one sentence summaries for popular novels. As Tony Robbins says, "Success leaves clues".

1 page

Have fun with this one! That is your key to success with this exercise. You might surprise yourself with how many one sentence novel summaries you can write.

03:04

The Snowflake Method is a very well structured method for planning your novel. You go through a set of well defined steps and wind up with a detailed plan that you can turn into a novel. If you use this method, your editing will go much faster than it would go with other methods. The downside is that it could easily take weeks to do a complete Snowflake Plan.

Micro Planning for the Last Minute and Beyond
02:21
Section 4: Creativity or Writers Block? You Decide.
02:33

We both know that perfectionism is a major source of writers block. It can kill creativity. Let's learn about the First Law of Psychology and how we can apply that to expand our creativity.

01:42

You get more of what you reinforce. Your experience shows you that when you observe things in detail, you become more aware of detail. When you describe things, you get better at describing things.

1 question

What is the Law of Effect (The First Law of Psychology)

03:37

The Law of Effect says that you get more of what you reinforce. But what happens if you do things such as deliberately creating nonsense or stupidity?

03:30

Discover the power of nonsense.

02:56

Let's do an exercise to reduce blocks to creativity and rapid writing. After you watch the video, please feel free to try the exercise yourself. You can either write or speak the exercise.

Section 5: Muses and Scenes - Creativity on Demand
01:45

Let's look up the definition.

01:18

Let's look up the definition of scene.

01:21

Could this really be possible?

1 page

Let's watch Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk on Your elusive creative genius.

04:19

This very important lecture tells you how to unfold a scene to greatly expand the quality of your story.

Section 6: Speed Writing
02:57

How to get your story into your computer even if you aren't a fast typist. This can save wear and tear on your hands.

1 page

Try voice typing to write your novel quickly. You'll be able to keep going a lot longer than you would with regular typing.

00:47

You can let go of the need to be perfect. Get that content into your computer on onto paper!

02:37

There is no need for your novel writing to be stuck for more than a minute.

2 pages

You can be proactive when watching the 18 minute demonstration. It takes only a little bit of effort for maximum results.

19:44

This is an example of an 18 minute writing session resulting in 1,400 words of a first draft.

When I get stuck I tell you so. Then I tell you how I'm going to get started again.

This is a very important lesson. I suggest that you watch it several times and note some ways to get unstuck.

Section 7: Bonus: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for Beginners
01:58

Why in the world would anybody want to do NaNoWriMo? Well, there are a lot of good reasons.

Sign Up for NaNoWriMo
00:57
08:51

Learn about your dashboard, how to set up your novel, writing buddies, and much more.

02:53

You can keep up to date on your choice of writing regions around the world.

02:17

Choose a home region so you can meet new writing friends who live near you.

04:10

You can get discounts on writing related goodies from NaNoWriMo sponsors. Find out here.

02:11

On Day 1 I got off to a roaring start. You can see the details here. What went well? What didn't?

00:50

I tell you why Day 2 didn't produce much writing.

01:39

Why Day 3 was a better writing day for me.

01:01

How I kicked it into high gear on Day 4, even though it wasn't all perfect.

02:05

On Day 5 I really got going. I could faintly see the finish line in the distance.

03:29

I passed 50,000 words and finished my story. I won!!! You'll see me validating my word count.

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Instructor Biography

Jim Kitzmiller, Creativity Trainer

Jim Kitzmiller loves to empower joy, creativity, and productivity.

Jim started his professional life as an engineer. Later he turned his attention to developing his intuitive (right brain) abilities.

He has a knack for getting to the essence of things. He can find simplicities in the midst of complexities.

Jim wrote several books empowering creative expression. This includes:

* Rocket Fuel for the Soul: Blissercise Self-Help Manual

* Duke Blisser and the Meditating Marines: An example of bliss writing for the author's happiness and creativity

Jim has created many popular guided meditations on YouTube.

He believes that Udemy is an excellent resource for sharing his discoveries with others.

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