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

SMASH out YOUR FIRST DRAFT WITH STEP-by-step GUIDANCE, SUPPORT, inspiration and the best writing community in town!

Writing the first draft of a novel is an epic, exciting, and sometimes daunting undertaking — but you definitely don’t have to do it alone! The First Draft course will make even the most ambitious writing project feel totally doable by breaking the mammoth task of novel writing down into manageable chunks, and offering advice, support, tea, biscuits and silly gifs, every step of the way.

There’s no one single way to write a novel*, which is why we’ve brought together a huge collection of flexible approaches, techniques and ideas to help you find the best way to write YOUR first draft. Whether you’re a planner, a pantser, or an ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’ writer, The First Draft course is packed with options to suit everyone, along with practical exercises, examples, and prompts to keep you going.

We also have the most AMAZING online writing community for 24/7 chat, feedback, critique, troubleshooting and general writerly shenanigans!

Let us help you walk your story idea through The First Draft and come out the other side with a novel.

[*P.S. We use #marketingjazzhands to describe this as a 6-month course but if it takes you longer (or shorter!) that’s cool, too. As a Gold Star WHQ member you’ll have ongoing access to this and all our courses for as long as you need, and can dip in and out at a pace that suits you. It’s all gravy.]

 

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

Get full access to The First Draft when you join Writers' HQ today!

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Get stuck in straight away with our specialist library of online courses covering everything from productivity, idea generation, short stories, novels, editing, and publishing – suitable for writers at any point in their writing journey.

ROADMAPS TO GUIDE YOU FROM STARTING, MIDDLING AND FINISHING

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. 

With Writers’ HQ, there’s no writer left behind.

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THE MOST AWESOME, SUPPORTIVE, HILARIOUS, PRODUCTIVE writing COMMUNITY

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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