Writers Tips – practical advice for creating better books
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Writers Tips – practical advice for creating better books

Your on hand writing coach with hints, tips & how to's. No matter where you are, practical tips to make writing easier
4.7 (11 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.
1,395 students enrolled
Created by Jacqui Malpass
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get your book into shape ready for publishing
  • Use WORD more productively
  • Put into practice, practical advice to help you get your books sorted out
  • Help you to learn to love to edit your books more effectively
  • Ask questions about the niggly things that no one tells you about when writing a book
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Requirements
  • Understanding of WORD
  • Be prepared to try out the advice offered
Description

Writers Tips

Writers tips is a course that answers questions that you may not even know that you had about writing and editing your book. It is designed to make writing your book easier and stress free. My objective is to provide you with practical help which you would expect from a book coach. I want to help you to be more productive, using tools you already own. To start and keep writing, learn to love editing, how to engage better with your reader and get that book finished.

How does it work?

I have collated questions from my writing students and put together a series of answers to those questions. These are in the course, grouped together by subject area.

You will learn how to:

  • Set up WORD so that it becomes your friend and you create better books with a tool that you know.
  • Be more productive
  • How to be a better editor and learn to love editing
  • How to connect and engage with your reader

Over to you

Every time you ask a question, I will create a new module for you and in that way, this community will grow and everyone will learn.

What would you like to know?

Who is the target audience?
  • Non fiction writers
  • Writers who want to learn how to get to grips with all of the niggly things
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 01:30:25
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Before you start
3 Lectures 03:00
Welcome to Writers tips, this is an introduction to how to use the workshop
Preview 03:00

An overview of how to get the most out of your Udemy course

How to get the most out of this course
6 pages

How to connect with me
2 pages
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Setting up your WORD workspace
4 Lectures 17:53
Overview of the importance of choosing the right book size and how to do this in WORD
Setting up my workspace 1 - page size
03:50

Inside WORD - How to set up page size and margins. This is not a recording. It is a diagram of how the book cover is laid out.

Setting up my workspace 1 - page size (WORD)
1 page

Setting up style sheets in WORD. 
Preview 10:12

Quick review of this section
Workspace 3 - quick review and saving as a template
03:51
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Learn to love editing
10 Lectures 59:45
Editing is where the magic starts to happen in your book and this module is a quick introduction to editing.
Editing - setting the scene, some thinking points
07:06

Using a proofing and editing plan, alongside the change log and the chapter outline
Using a plan, change log and outline
01:59

Using tools like navigation, ruler, table of contents and the outline to get a feel for structure and flow.
Preview 08:15

Having a structure to write to really helps create a good flow in our writing.  I like to start my chapters with a question or questions that I intend to answer. Followed by sections what, why, how and what if.

We usually start with such good intention and end up going off track.  This module looks at how you can use that structure to bring the flow back and to check that you are answering that chapters question(s).
Using a What, why, how and what if structure
07:16

In this module, we look at simple things like spelling and the thesaurus
Words, spelling and thesaurus
07:49

Reminder to put your personal stories in to each chapter and to remember that they need to be in context and for you to close the loop, i.e. if you start a story remember to end it.

And if you are putting exercises together, test, test, your steps.
Stories and steps
06:19

How to create a table as an image and using consistent referencing
Pictures, tables and references
08:03



Getting a copy of your 'real' book in your hands is not only a great feeling, it gives you an opportunity to read your book as a reader would. You will really get to grips with how you want the finished product to look like once you do this.

Despite the cost, this is a brilliant way to proof your book and get it right.
Get a printed book proof
04:43
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What's next
1 Lecture 00:47
This course exists for you and because of you. Ask me a question and I will create a new lecture for you. Thank you for your support
Ask me a question
00:47
About the Instructor
Jacqui Malpass
4.0 Average rating
243 Reviews
16,418 Students
9 Courses
Transformation & Writing Coach. Writing for the soul guide.

Using a unique blend of skills based around writing, creativity and lifestyle I work with my clients to explore 'you' and out of that we work together to get you back to a place where you are ready to fly. 

Think of me as your tough friend, the one that knows you well and doesn’t let you get away things...

My experience as a coach (journaling, writing, books, executive), trainer (personal development and writing), strategist (personal branding and marketing), nutritionist and as a human who has experienced her fair share of stuff creates a powerful combination of knowledge, skills and experiences with which to support you.

How will we do ‘it’? It is what you want it to be. 

You see this is an exploration with no set rules or guidelines. We will be tapping into your inner wisdom to discover what needs to be known. From there strategies and plans can be made, outcomes sought and actions taken.

You may want to write a book for your business or for cathartic reasons. You may want a sounding board for your personal brand strategy. You may want to improve your health. Whatever you come with, these are like your doctor might say, your presenting symptoms. What lies beneath is what needs to surface so that you can make good choices.

Author of
★ Writing to Heal
★ Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend 
★ Navigate - Executive Leadership Journey (Part 1 and 2)
★ The Conscious Woman's Guide to Leaving Her Husband and Getting a Life
★ The Conscious Woman's Guide to Divine Inner Wisdom (2017)

My Udemy courses

I adore working with inspirational, enthusiastic, energetic people with strong messages. People who want to make a difference. I would love to become part of your onward journey, the one that sees you finding your voice, writing an amazing book, becoming the best version of you and rocking that out to the world.

My passion is helping you to discover the book inside of you, and help you to be come a published author, so that you can leave your legacy, heal, share your inspirational message, have fun, and build a personal brand that really rocks.

So, you want to write a book and turn it into a course...

I am an expert at getting your story out, and really finding the essence of what you want to say. And then saying it so that it is engaging and makes someone want to pick up and read your book.

I will take you from idea (or no idea) to outline, from planning it out to make writing easier, first draft to really enabling you to engage with your reader, and helping you to create something bigger than your book. My book 'Plan Your Non Fiction Book in a Weekend', really helps writers to find their idea and get it planned so that writing and publishing becomes easy.

For those people who are stuck with their personal story, my book 'Writing to Heal' helps you to transform through writing, we go on a journey from journaling, reflecting and on into creative life writing.

I used my book Stolen Petals which is a healing memoir as inspiration for supporting others to write memoirs.

I have a background in professional training and personal branding and I additionally combine these skills to teach you how to turn your book into a course and how to build your personal brand.

So who am I?

I have been described in many ways - enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world.

In between drinking white tea with peppermint, experimenting with recipes and walking the the loves of my life - Ferdy dog, Marley Moo & Angel, I can be found writing non fiction and soon my first children's book. And I do a bit of abstract arty stuff with wire and wool.