Let us hold your hand through the epic first draft slog
All the guidance you need, coupled with swearing, tea-drinking, and gold stars
In case you hadn’t noticed yet, writing a novel is haaaaard. And we don’t mean walking-up-a-steep-hill hard or having-to-tell-someone-they’ve-got-a-bogey-on-their-nose hard – we mean like pushing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of Smarties tube hard. But you know what? Every day, people do it. People have been doing it since the dawn of time. It’s one of the reasons that we’re so successful-slash-cataclysmic as a species; our ability to do art. It’s what we were built for.
Think of this course like hypnobirthing for writers. NCT for novelists. Mothercare for motherfucken wordsmiths. This novel is coming out of you one way or another, we’re just here to make the process smoother, calmer, and full of appropriate medication.
This is a badass course for badass writers. You’ll start with a plan and finish with a novel. We won’t lie: it’s full-on. But the results are totally worth it. So let us guide you, step by step, towards a completed first draft novel in six months (or less, or more – it’s up to you!).
LESSONS IN THIS COURSE
THE FIRST ACT
REFUSE THE CALL
CROSS THE THRESHOLD
THE SECOND ACT
ALL IS LOST
THE THIRD ACT
GET IT TOGETHER
SLAY THE BAD GUYS
THE FINAL SPRINT
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