Welcome to On Track!

Free Membership

With free membership, you’ll receive one module each week (you have lifetime access to all seven modules after that). Once you get your weekly email, the new module will be available. If you click the link to it before then, you’ll be told you don’t yet have access.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download your copy of Seven Pillars of Great Writing.

Full Membership

With full Writers’ Huddle membership, you already have access to all the modules. Enjoy!

If you’ve upgraded part-way through On Track, you’ll continue to receive one module per week. If you’d prefer to have access to all the modules straight away, just email me at ali@aliventures.com and I’ll set that up for you.

Module 1: Make a Great Start

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.)

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