A course in prolific nonfiction writing
This is a good course for you if you fit any of the following:
- You want to write a book… but don’t know where to find the time.
- You want to blog more consistently… but struggle with that “consistently” part.
- You have so many ideas and thoughts to write about… but can’t stay focused long enough to capture them.
- You want to crank up your freelance career… but feel overwhelmed by getting assignments done and keeping up with the other tasks of freelance life.
- You need to produce academic writing or research as part of your real job… but don’t know how to fit that in along with teaching and office hours.
- You know your business, app, or software would benefit from content marketing… but when are you going to get that done, too?
- You have a project or side hustle just calling to you… but life and your day job leave you only a little bit of time to put into building it.
Being able to write nonfiction fast is a key skill for achieving your goals.
A little about me:
I’ve been freelancing for 13+ years now. I went from cranking out content-mill articles at $10 a pop (ugh!) to working with small businesses, major online publications and blogs, marketing firms, and finance corporations. (More on that here.)
I’ve consistently written thousands of words a day over the course of my freelance career (including producing a 60,000 word book in 3 weeks while also keeping up with my other work).
Oh, I’ve built this career while also caring for and (up until last year) homeschooling my four young children.
You can write quickly and consistently, too.
Here are the high points of the course:
- The Internal Landscape
- Writing fast starts with building a mental landscape is conducive to writing flow. We’ll talk about how get rid of mental blocks, learn how to focus your mental energy, find strategies to put aside your indecision and self-doubt and other crippling fears, and what to do when your brain won’t cooperate.
- The Writing Process
- I’ve picked up a few tricks in the last dozen years. I take them for granted now, but there are certain approaches, methods, and tools I use that increase my writing speed (and enjoyment). I’ll share those with you, along with some cool insight from other freelance writing experts. Oh! Also (most importantly) we’ll go over how to design a writing process that works for you, because mine works for me. It may not work for you. But you can find out what does, construct it into a process you use regularly, and learn how to get back to it after you get off-track (which is going to happen to the best of us, so no worries).
- The Daily Practice
- Did you realize that everything in your life can make writing easier or harder? Can bring you ideas or block them from your awareness? Can make writing more or less enjoyable? Yep. It’s true. There are daily practices that hurt and help you as a writer. We’ll talk about those. And we’ll talk about how to get them into your life, regularly, even when your cat and your kids and your bills and the weather seem to be conspiring against you.
- The Long-Term Structure
- Every writer needs a long-term plan. I wish I had realized this when I first started! But I know it now, and I also know that a plan is no good unless you build a structure that supports it. That structure will vary depending on your goals and long-term plan as a writer. We’ll talk about how to set your goals, how to form a plan, and how to build a structure that supports your plan. We’ll go over the elements you need to build a good structure, and what to do when you don’t have time to build a structure because you’re trying to survive. Oh, and cookies*!
*Just kidding. I don’t have any cookies.
*But I like cookies.
*Maybe there can be cookies. I’ll see what I can do.
What’s the course like?
The course consists of
30 32 in-depth lessons on how to write nonfiction prolifically. Each lesson explains the day’s concept, with examples and tips and resources as needed, and includes 2 – 4 questions as well as a daily assignment.
The lessons are delivered via email, every other day. (Because the lessons are in-depth, we found that daily emails were a bit too much. The every-other-day pace works well for most students.)
See a sample lesson by clicking here (or on the image):
Writing doesn’t have to be stressful and slow.
The offer is simple: I know how to write nonfiction fast, I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’d like to help you get better at it.
Choose the self-directed course to start right away and work at your own pace. Choose the guided course to ask questions and receive feedback throughout the course.
The next guided course begins September 1, 2017. Space is limited.
Important: after you complete the Paypal payment, you’ll be redirected to a sign-up form which gives you access to the course material. Make sure you fill out the form so you’re added to the course list.