How to win at authoring: Course Overview

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

An introduction to ‘how to win at authoring’ Overview Every budding author needs to understand the key steps that will allow them to rise to the top despite their obvious lack of talent. Via the use of underhand tactics, lying, cheating, and other activities that will make your mother cry with shame this course will Read more about How to win at authoring: Course Overview[…]

5 ways to generate ideas

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Everything begins with the idea. Simple as that. It doesn’t matter if you can craft beautiful dialogue. If your prose makes people accept the existence of God. Or if your metaphors are good like chocolate cake. That was a simile. Even if you have all that, it doesn’t matter. Not if the best idea you Read more about 5 ways to generate ideas[…]

5 characters every story needs

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

So you followed the first part of this course on ideas and the seeds of your next great story are beginning to grow. That’s great, so long as it doesn’t turn out better than mine. Now you have the germs of your story, you’ve progressed to the next logical step, creating characters. That’s not just Read more about 5 characters every story needs[…]

10 stages every novel plan needs

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

You’re starting to see it now. Following the first lesson in this course, you developed a kick arse idea that was going to change the world. After lesson two, you created a host of awesome characters (plus an insufferable hero). Armed with these, you dived into your plan, ready to craft something brilliant and unique. Read more about 10 stages every novel plan needs[…]

5 ways to finish that first draft

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

Already, during this course, we’ve come so far together. We’ve grown to know each other well. Better than well. Intimately. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I think of you as more of a lover than a mere student. Together we have completed the first three stages of any writing project. 1. Read more about 5 ways to finish that first draft[…]

5 tips for turning your crap first draft into a decent book

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

There it is. The book. The actual work. All those ideas and characters and plots brought together before you. For some time you feared they might only live in chaos, within your messed up head, but it was not so. Your fingers galloped across your laptop’s keys like heroes riding into battle. They freed the Read more about 5 tips for turning your crap first draft into a decent book[…]