The First Draft
WRITE YOUR NOVEL IN SIX MONTHS
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Exclusively available to members of Writers' HQ

Take your novel plan and turn it into a 50,000+ word first draft

Finish the course with a solid manuscript

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond

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

CREATING ORDER

THE FIRST ACT

INCITING STUFF

REFUSE THE CALL

SET UP

CRISIS AHOY!

CROSS THE THRESHOLD

SUBPLOTS

THE SECOND ACT

MIDPOINTS

BAD TIMES

PINCH POINTS

ALL IS LOST

NAVEL GAZING

THE THIRD ACT

GET IT TOGETHER

SLAY THE BAD GUYS

FAILURE

THE CLIMAX

WRAPPING UP

ENDINGS

THE FINAL SPRINT

WHAT NEXT

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Our step-by-step roadmaps will guide you from a standing start to a  solid writing routine, help you smash through writers block, and hold your hand through the winding alleys of novel writing. 

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Whether it’s to help you workshop a story, offer in-depth critique, celebrate a finished story, squee over an acceptance, argue over the finer points of an arcane novel, or pick you up when you’ve had a rejection, the Writers’ HQ community is everything. 

Members get access to special buddy groups and accountability logs, and you’ll often find Sarah and Jo loitering on the forums instead of doing their own writing.

Live Q&As with Sarah and Jo and other member-exclusive webinars

Hone your craft by getting answers to your writerly questions and exploring your challenges with regular online events, including live Q&As with Sarah and Jo, Flash Fiction write-a-longs, and advanced journaling skills.

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