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Write Your Book: Start Strong and Get It Done

with Jennie Nash

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   03 Why Write this Story?

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About The Class

Create a Strategic Plan to Help You Realize Your Book-Writing Dreams

Do you dream of writing a book but can’t seem to get started? Or maybe you’ve started but can’t quite get to “The End”? You’re not alone! Most people who set out to write a book don’t know how to begin or how to proceed through the development of their story. They quickly get overwhelmed with the sheer number of decisions to be made and often fall into frustration or even despair.

The truth is that creativity alone won’t get your book out of your head and onto the page.In this course, you’ll learn to capture your creative energy and master your craft with a step-by-step plan to build your story from the ground up. You’ll create a framework that can support your book-writing process the same way a foundation holds up a house.

Author, teacher and book coach Jennie Nash will help you learn about your characters, your structure and your story so you can stop staring at a blank page wondering what to write next and instead move forward with confidence. You’ll get to know your story inside and out so that this time, you’ll finally finish your book—and finish strong.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design every element of your novel or memoir, including the protagonist, plot, story structure and a project success plan.
  • Define your narrator’s voice.
  • Determine where your story begins and where it ends.
  • Decide what point you’re making about human nature.
  • Make sure you’re giving your ideal reader exactly what they want.
  • Gain the confidence you need to push past any doubts and finish your book.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:14
  2. 02

    Project Fundamentals: Introduction

    03:24
  3. 03

    Why Write this Story?

    09:03
  4. 04

    What's the Point of your Story?

    08:00
  5. 05

    Who's your Ideal Reader

    24:35
  6. 06

    Write a Catchy Elevator Pitch

    30:48
  7. 07

    Write an Engaging Title

    06:28
  8. 08

    Genre Specific Elements

    14:21
  9. 09

    Story Structure: Introduction

    01:52
  10. 10

    Define your Protagonist and their Desires

    12:00
  11. 11

    Choosing your Narrator

    16:26
  12. 12

    Where does your Story Start and End?

    11:14
  13. 13

    Graph your Story

    14:29
  14. 14

    Write a Two-Tier Outline

    42:56
  15. 15

    Start Writing: Introduction

    01:11
  16. 16

    Write your Opening Scene

    33:31
  17. 17

    Write your Closing Scene

    18:35
  18. 18

    Strategic Plan: Introduction

    00:47
  19. 19

    The No-Excuses Book Map

    19:53
  20. 20

    Create a Plan for Success

    10:37
  21. 21

    The Power of Getting Coached

    18:03

Meet Your Expert

Jennie Nash

Jennie Nash is the founder of Author Accelerator, a strategic book coaching service that offers the sustained editorial support writers need to complete their projects and make a powerful impact on their target audience. ... read more

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  • pdf Take Your Chapter From Good to Great
  • pdf The No Excuses Book Map
  • docx Romance Cheat Sheet
  • docx Mystery-Suspense-Thriller Cheat Sheet
  • docx Fantasy Cheat Sheet
  • docx Historical Fiction Cheat Sheet
  • docx Young Adult Fiction Cheat Sheet
  • docx Middle Grade Fiction Cheat Sheet
  • docx Memoir Cheat Sheet
  • docx Science Fiction Cheat Sheet
  • docx Write Your Book Workbook
  • pdf Jennie Nash Presentation
  • docx World-building Template

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Nom Johnson

    Nom Johnson

    July 2018

    This is the first class I purchased on CL. I listened in on the Live Streaming day, taking notes furiously while feeling sooo blessed to finally have found such an outstanding industry expert who knew -- really knew -- what writers problem areas and blindspots were. Furthermore, Jennie is a GREAT teacher who doesn't just tell her listeners how to do things smarter but takes us by the hand and leads us through smart exercises or great stretches of well laid out logic that is deeply illuminating on how to do our job, LOADS better! And that, in the 1st draft instead of the 5th or 10th (if we're still tenacious enough to be hanging in by then.) I purchased it because streaming quality was poor (not sure why, I have top rate streaming package; made me think it could be a CL purposeful thing) and the course content too great to not own. I've started relistening, and will do so as many times as I need to in order to receive full benefit from Jennie's obvious expertise and great instruction. For ANYONE starting out in the world of novel or memoir writing, I DEEPLY RECOMMEND you get this course along with Lisa Cron's Story Writing one. With the 2 of them you will have done yourself the biggest favor EVER on the learning curve of the art -- and the science -- of writing the best book you're capable of.

  • Denise

    June 2018

    Loved watching Jennie give this class. She brings great clarity to the writing process that for so long for me, has been so daunting. I can't wait to learn more from Jennie who's passion for writing is incredible, but also her heartfelt compassion for us writers is nothing I have ever seen. Thank you Jennie. ~Denise

  • Deborah Lucas

    Deborah Lucas

    June 2018

    I love listening to Jennie Nash, especially for free any day. But I found this class to be so valuable, I bought it in a flash. I recommend it for anyone working on a novel. Even if you are well into a manuscript, this class will give you structure to understand your plot/emotional trajectory as well as the audience you are writing for. I can't say enough good things about it. FABULOUS!!!!

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