Module 1: Make a Great Start (Monday 8th May)

  • An introduction to the course, so you’re confident about what’s coming up week by week
  • Four ways to get past the first hurdle of getting started – so that you can get going with your project straight away
  • A quick, simple (but important) assignment to get you writing – this only takes fifteen minutes

Module 2: Setting Milestones That Work (Monday 15th May)

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to split your work-in-progress into sensible milestones that’ll keep you motivated
  • Specific advice on what to do if your project doesn’t seem to fit (for instance, if you’re writing a blog that has no specific end point)
  • The reason why (self-imposed) deadlines matter – and how to set sane ones

Module 3: Your Perfect Writing Routine (Monday 22nd May)

  • How to find your best writing time of day – this alone can double or triple how much you write in an hour
  • The difference between setting time targets and word targets – there’s no “right” way, so this lesson helps you figure out what works for you
  • The advantages of short writing sessions – and of long ones. Again, this is all about finding the right pace for you

Module 4: Planning Your Project (Monday 29th May)

  • Specific advice on planning different types of project – novels, blogs and ebooks – so that you can make sure you don’t waste time scratching your head or running off on a tangent
  • Different ways to plan (like mind-mapping and using index cards) so that you can figure out what you find easiest
  • How to plan if you’re already part-way through your project

Module 5: Getting from First Draft to Final Piece (Monday 5th June)

  • The difference between first drafts and final drafts, so that you don’t get bogged down trying to achieve perfection on day one
  • How to avoid distractions like doing too much research, or trying to edit too soon
  • Step by step advice for each stage of the drafting process

Module 6: Sharing Your Love of Writing (Monday 12th June)

  • Four places to find writing support – including a couple of easy ones for when you don’t have much time or energy
  • Tips on sharing your work with a friend or a group – I know how daunting this can be, but also how rewarding it is, and how much it can help you grow
  • How to critique other writers’ work: if you’re asking for feedback from fellow writers, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up returning the favour

Module 7: All the Resources You Need (Monday 19th June)

  • Why you have more resources than you think – a fresh look at your own skills and experiences
  • The four crucial qualities which every writer needs, with specific tips on how to build them
  • The three big external resources that matter, and how to gather and create these

Seven Pillars of Great Writing: Your Course Ebook

seven-pillars

Seven Pillars of Great Writing covers:

  1. Structure: Why it matters, and how to get it right
  2. Flow: How to get transitions and pacing right
  3. Clarity: Making your ideas, argument and sentences clear
  4. Tone: Writing in a consistent and appropriate way
  5. Grammar: Myths busted — and the basics explained clearly
  6. Economy: Making your piece concise and engaging
  7. Heart: How to make your writing powerful

Click here to get the .pdf of Seven Pillars. (Left-click opens in a new browser tab; right-click allows you the option to save it to your computer.)