Writing A Book: The First Draft

Learn your style of writing and get that first book out of your head
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2013 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • a desire to write a book length work

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • anyone who wants to write a book

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting to the first draft

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. 


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.


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


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

In this lesson we learn about the different aspects of characters building. Learn why your heroes need flaws and your villains need depth.
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.

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.

Section 2: Revision and beyond
This lesson delves into the process of revising the book. This is where the craft of storytelling is used the most.

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

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Instructor Biography

Perry Wilson, Author and Project Manager

Perry Wilson lives in New Westminster, BC and writes under the pen name P.A. Wilson. She is a project management consultant and has more than 30 years of people and project management wisdom to share.

As an author, her love of fantasy and mystery led her to reactivate her lifelong drive to tell stories at the age of 50. Participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2008 woke the author in her resulted in the first Madeline Journey: Off Track.

Since then, she's advised and mentored budding authors on how to take the next step toward getting published.

As a member of both the Vancouver Writer's Social Group and The Federation of B.C. Writers, she has developed a method of uncovering the writing style of an author and helping them blossom.

As a Project Management Consultant, she has helped clients manage people through massive organizational change and delivered projects ranging from construction of new buildings to improving operational efficiency.

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