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WAKE UP YOUR WRITING

I love the engaging irreverent tone. Keep it up I am glued and can’t wait to see what we are up to tomorrow.

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Couch to 5k Words
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13 days in and this is what I think so far

Much to my surprise I’ve enjoyed every minute of this course. Normally with online courses I do a couple of lessons and then forget I’m doing it and give up without even realising I have. This time I’ve been rivetted. I love the pace, I love the community, the tasks all make complete sense and are really helpful. I feel a whole lot more confident than when I started. Also doing the course has made me acknowledge that I’ve done a lot of practising, a lot of preparation and I’m now really ready to get on with it. I respond well to the humour and complete absence of competition. I love being told I am a writer. Previously I always thought I can’t be because I’m not yet published. Now I know I will be soon. Hopefully.

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

Alexandra Walker
Couch to 5k Words
You really got me going. You got me so I can’t sleep at night

Brilliant. Just what I needed to re-invigorate my writing. Gone from chapter 4 to chapter 14 of my WIP. Cheers everyone

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

Joanne Heap
Couch to 5k Words
Thanks for kicking my arse!

Thank you so much for a month of writing. For gently limbering up from ten minutes to a thirty-minute finger jog (oo err). I have now a better idea for my WiP and have used the time to create new ideas for short stories, poetry, and polishing up pieces that have been languishing. Thanks for the pep and motivation and looking forward to the next course :-)

It’s my editing blueprint for good, for now, forever! I could write a song about this course .. but instead I’ll sing your praises and say how you’ve taken the huge job of drafting a novel and made it simple .. well, simpler, because you have the knack of getting right to the heart of what a novel is, what it’s for, how it works as an entity, who inhabits it. About midway through the course I had a personal business crash that required my total attention to fix, and it’s a shame because I was enjoying the forum and taking part in it. BUT I was safe in the knowledge that if I could get back to reality and my life quick enough, I could continue and I have – and completed! I have a deadline to fulfil with my writing group and if I can manage it, I will return to the Forum too before the course ends in a few days. I will undoubtedly be returning for the course on Submission to an Agent but I’m nowhere near ready. Can I just say how helpful it was knowing the course materials would continue to be up on the site as I’ve desperately needed this time.

My only crit would be, and I mean it in a positive way, is that I felt the whole course could have been double the length anyway – as in 3 months, and then another 6 weeks for the materials to be up on the site. Many exercises of ’60 mins’ or ’45 mins’ took days or a whole week! By the way, more expensive courses I’ve taken (e.g. for thousands!) were NOTHING compared to this!! Bless you, and though I wish you EVERY SUCCESS with your own writing, I hope you DON’T STOP DOING THIS!!! A THOUSAND THANKS.

Jennie Bailey
Couch to 5k Words
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Half of Writers’ HQ

Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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[/us_iconbox][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069335-6de171b6-a2c0″ title=”COURSE HOME”][vc_column_text]Struggling to get started with your writing? Finding it impossible to keep up a momentum? Generally feeling a bit meh? Shake off the literary ennui and find your writing happy place. Whack a firecracker up the butt of productivity. Shove procrastination out the door like a drunk relative who’s outstayed their welcome. The Writers’ HQ Couch to 5k Butt Kick is 28 days of writing tips and prompts, inspirational bollocks, super special discount codes, and literary swearing, all delivered to your inbox. Start on 1 June, join our lovely little community, and GET WRITING. You could see out the month with a writing habit to make Barbara Cartland weep and productivity to make Stephen King fall on his knees in adulation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069387-b07b8985-01f7″ title=”CURRICULUM”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Day 1 Goal setting Day 2 One day at a time Day 3 Dealing with FEAR Day 4 Foundations Part 1: Changes Day 5 Fun, fun, fun Day 6 Prioritise Day 7 Recharge #1 Day 8 Foundations Part 2: Plot Day 9 Make friends with your writing Day 10 Write what you know Day 11 What even IS writing? Day 12 Change the angle Day 13 Show up! Day 14 Recharge #2[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Day 15 Foundations Part 3: Characters Day 16 Appreciate Day 17 Find your rhythm Day 18 Why are you here? Day 19 Play with yourself (ahem) Day 20 Return to source Day 21 Recharge #3 Day 22 Foundations Part 4: Building blocks Day 23 Permission Day 24 Balance Day 25 Look what you’ve done! Day 26 Write what you love Day 27 Have a plan Day 28 Freedom[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293565423-d19a321c-16ce” title=”HOW IT WORKS”][vc_column_text]1. Enrol Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple. 2. Read, watch, do The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work. 3. No rush This course is written to be done over 28 days but if you miss a day or something comes up, don’t panic! Go at your own pace. We’ll be waiting for you in the community forums when you’re ready to catch up. 4. No money? No problem Periodically we run this course as a freebie so please make sure you’re on our newsletter list to get notifications of that. Alternatively, if you can’t wait and have no cash, have a look at our bursary scheme. 5. Milk no sugar Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570294476168-e2773d62-62e5″ title=”WHAT YOU GET”][vc_column_text]
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