Get Your First Draft Written Right!
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Get Your First Draft Written Right!

Learn how to make the big changes and the tiny tweaks that will make YOUR novel stand out.
3.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
355 students enrolled
Created by Carl Plumer
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a good first draft
  • Write page after page even when you don't feel "inspired"
  • Understand what inspires and motivates you
  • Understand the importance of characters in a story
  • Different writing modes
  • Point of View (POV) in a story
  • Theme and Style
  • Beat procrastination and fear
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  • Understanding of the web
  • Basic understanding of software


Have you always wanted to write a novel, but not sure you can do it?

Do you have a love of language, but are afraid you'll get stuck with only a few pages written?

Are you suffering from fear or procrastination when it comes to writing a novel?

Well, then you've come to the right place!

If You Can Follow Simple Directions, Here's How To Get Your Novel Written In Your Spare Time — And Have Fun Doing It!

→ → → WHY THIS COURSE? ← ← ←

This course is for every writer who wants to write but finds that days go by and still they are no closer to their dream of writing a novel. This course requires only three things:

  1. The love of writing
  2. The love of exploring your own mind
  3. The love of a job well done

If you have these three (and I'm pretty sure you do), then this course will help you reach your goal of having a finished novel in your hands, ready to ship or email to an agent, or publish on your own!

This is a fast and fun course that will guide you gently through the creative process covering such areas as:

  • How to conquer procrastination
  • "Top secret" software that will keep you writing
  • Techniques to meet your word count that “they” don’t want you to know about
  • POV - why it’s important to pick one in your first draft

and much, much more!

Why Listen To Me?

I have a Masters in Creative Writing and have taken many, many courses on writing, and I have studied literally hundreds of books about the craft of writing. As far as I am concerned, I have earned me the equivalent of a PhD in writing! I've also been a judge on an international writing contest, so I know what I'm doing and people respect my judgement.

My teachers (for both the books and in the courses) have been the best of the best. In other words, I've learned from the experts. In addition, I have written all my life: I've been a technical writer, scientific report writer, proposal writer, and aftermarket software writer (you know, the books you buy at bookstores that really tell you how to use software, with tips 'n' tricks and all that).

But always and foremost, I am a creative writer—a novelist. I currently have three novels and a collection of short stories available online everywhere. One of my books was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist. By early 2017, I will have ten books out—five more novels and another collection of stories.

Try This Course TODAY!

This is a brand new course for AUTHORS. I'm sure you will love the course and immediately benefit from what you learn. As with all of the WRITERS' SUCCESS SERIES courses, ask as many questions as you need to in the discussion area. I'll answer promptly.

No-Risk Trial If you are interested in finding out how to take this essential step to becoming a REAL writer, try my course risk-free. This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Should you decide it's not for you, no problem and I thank you for giving it a try.

Sign Up Now, And Be On Your Way to Great Writing

Scroll back up and click the green Take This Course button in the upper right of the udemy screen and enroll. Don't wait another day to turn your dreams of being a successful writer into reality. See you inside!


Fully up-to-date as of November, 2015

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for every writer at any stage in their career
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National Novel Writing Month, or "NaNoWriMo," is a great way to jumpstart your novel writing.

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Camp NaNoWriMo is the kid brother or sister to NaNoWriMo and it gives you another opportunity to get your butt in your chair and write for 30 days straight!

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The magic of simply taking pen to paper can take your novel a long way.

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Dictating parts or all of your novel is a speedy way to get your first draft finished, but it's not without some problems.

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Using your phone or tablet to jot down ideas, characters notes, and so on is not only convenient, it's smart.

Writing on Your Phone

Test your knowledge about NaNoWriMo.

2 questions
Find the Writing "Mode" That Works Like MAGIC for You!
3 Lectures 07:43

The secret to success as a writer? HINT: The answer is in the title of this lecture.

Write Every Day?

If you are waiting for inspiration to strike before you start writing, you are going to have a very long wait indeed.

Don't wait for Inspiration

Find our your writing style and what that means for you. So, are you a "plotter" or a "pantser"?

Pantser or Plotter?

1 question
A Quick Review of 2 "Scary" Writing Concepts That Will Never Hold You Back Again
2 Lectures 04:02

An oft-confusing element of a story, explained for you once and for all!


What is this thing called writing "style" aka "voice?" Find out in this lecture.

What in the World is Point of View (aka, "POV") — and How You Can OWN It!
3 Lectures 04:40

Stories are told from one of three points of view: first, second, or third. This lecture explains the "first person" point of view.

Point of View: First person

Stories are told from one of three points of view: first, second, or third. This lecture explains the rarely used "second person" point of view ("POV").

Point of View: Second person

Stories are told from one of three points of view: first, second, or third. This lecture explains the "third person" POV and what, exactly, that means.

Point of View: Third person

Test your understand of POV.

1 question
Discover Top Secret Software to Keep You Writing and Conquer Procrastination!
4 Lectures 20:49

A great tool that will help you crank out the words, this lesson presents: Write or DIE!

Write or Die

Pacemaker is your very own, use it whenever you want, NaNoWriMo-like incentivizer! Learn more about it in this lesson.


Time is a writer's most valuable resource. In this lesson, learn a few ways to manage your time better.

Procrastination, Productivity, & Time Management

How can you develop the habit of writing daily? There's an app for that!

Learn the Habit of Writing
Wrapping Up
1 Lecture 01:09
About the Instructor
Carl Plumer
3.5 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,298 Students
4 Courses
Author, Teacher, Screenwriter, Podcaster
CARL S. PLUMER was born in so-called New York City, holds advanced degrees in writing (and he's not intending on letting go), and has spent his life surrounded by words (mostly on his tee shirts). He's delivered some of the first known newspapers, worked on the original printing press, managed the first bookstore established in America, taught writing back when it was known as "runes," wrote for literary magazines back when they were dreadful, and has always considered himself a writer (although many have strenuously disagreed). He is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (based on weight) Quarterfinalist and a National Indie Excellence Award (based on bribes) Finalist.