Learn How to Get Your First Draft on The Page

Learn your style of writing and get that first book out of your head
  • Lectures 8
  • Video 2 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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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?

  • Over 8 lectures and 1 hour of content!
  • 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

What 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

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Certificate of completion


Section 1: Getting to the first draft

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. 

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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    • Joyce Derenas

    Great advice

    I have wasted time getting punctuation almost perfect instead of just focusing on getting my draft out of my head. Great advice on this and other important tasks that a newbie would want / should know and practice Loved it..

    • Frank Devuono

    Short course that is full of valuable information

    This was a deceptively short course. Deceptive in that it managed to cram in so much useful information. The templates and worksheets are extremely valuable and will help with getting that first draft down. Thanks to Perry for some great advice.

    • Kathleen Poole

    The Best Resources

    I'm a new writer with a novel in me. I've purchased books and courses on how to write that novel. This is by far the best one for outlining the book and keeping track of word count. I copy the outline rows and paste them into Scrivener to remind me what happens next. Last week I read, in a writing blog, that using spreadsheets to outline our book is a good idea, but gave goofy, examples. This course provides an easy spreadsheet that I use exactly the way it is. Thank you, so much!

    • Christine Canapinno

    Helpful information

    This course includes many helpful worksheets and exercises. I recommend it.

    • Carol J. Sutton, Cert.ConRes.

    My first best seller

    Actually, best seller is not even on my radar. I am just delighted to finally have a tangible plan for moving forward on the ideas I have been mulling over for years about fiction I think I'd like to write. Perry's course provides a well-rounded picture of all the work involved, and yet makes me feel like it is all do-able. Her instructional content, examples and voice are both engaging and informative. In fact, I say that she goes way beyond my expectations. Thank you, Perry. And when I win my first big award, I'll make sure you get an invitation to the party!

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