There are two challenges to every beginning writer: how to start and how to finish. Whenever I talk to folks who are looking to put their first story down to paper, they have either stared at the blank page and nearly given up or started without any plan and found themselves facing the daunting task of massive rewrites. Sometimes they're struggling with writer's block or don't know how to link two events logically within the framework of their original idea.
I want to help!
I've been working with folks who want to write stories for over five years and I've successfully seen hundreds of projects to completion. This includes starting from absolute scratch with the tiniest spark of a concept and working it all the way through to a published product, available on Amazon for sale. After working piecemeal on so many projects, I've decided to create a course that covers all the elements from beginning to end. Here are the sections of my course:
1) Creative Spark: Fashion your idea from that thought you had in the grocery store to the dream you woke up from and needed to document. At the end of this, you'll be ready to move on to fashion a world and characters fit for your concept and ready to be shared with the world.
2) Set Construction: Build your world or simply populate the modern day one with new ideas. This will help you get on the path to having a shared imagined space for your characters to thrive in.
3) Casting Call: Fill your world with fully realized, three dimensional people that have goals, dreams, foibles and wants. This section dives into creating believable characters with enough meat to tackle through your novel.
4) Story Time: Next, we develop the plot your characters will be involved in, diving into the high level events required to get from Point A to Z. When we finish with this, you'll be on the road to outlining your work and writing the project!
5) More like Guidelines: Your outline is a guide to help you stay focused. It's not a set in stone frame which you must adhere to. In fact, you might stray from the path but that's okay. In this section, you'll learn how to build an outline and how to not feel guilty when you make changes on the fly.
6) Create: I will offer you tips on the actual process of writing, things which might help you get through your work and ways to fit writing into a busy schedule. The key here is to find some consistency and DO IT! That might seem simple but believe me, I know it's not and we'll work through that.
A future course will get into what to do with the book when it's done but the above is everything you need to write your first draft!