How to Build Your Story While Building Yourself as a Writer for Long-Term Success–In Two Parts
by Diane O’Connell & Renate Reimann, PhD
Part I: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Part II: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
8 weeks for each part, 16 weeks for the entire class
What prevents writers from completing their novels? Chances are they have not put in place the structures necessary for success, both in the process of constructing a story and in setting up their lives in support of their writing goals. This class will help you learn techniques to write your novel effortlessly, as well as to overcome the personal obstacles that may block you from completing your manuscript.
Expert editor and book crafting coach Diane O’Connell will teach you how to create a solid foundation and reliable structures for your story. Productivity coach Renate Reimann, PhD, will guide you in restructuring your life in support of your writing, as well as overcoming fears and self-doubt that could stand in the way of your success as an author.
You will need a computer with Internet service, e-mail address, and ability to sign-up for a Google account.
Weeks at a Glance
PART I: Your Story Blueprint (September 17 – November 12, 2013)
This class will lead you from clarifying your ideas to finishing a story blueprint. Along the way you will also create a blueprint for your writing life: what you want to achieve exactly, when and where to write and how to face your anxieties about writing.
Included will be three 30-minute individual phone coaching sessions: two with Renate and one with Diane (a $450 value).
Week 1: Creating the Vision
Through a series of questions and exercises, this crucial first step will help you understand the difference between plot and story.
Objectives: Detail the world of your story and write the “flap copy” for your novel.
Week 2: Define Writing Your Novel as a SMART Goal
This lesson will guide you to effectively define your goal of writing a novel.
Objectives: Create your SMART goal and supporting affirmations.
Week 3: Drawing up a Blueprint
In this class, you’ll also devise a clear journey for your flesh-and-blood main character.
Objective: Create a Character Blueprint for each of your main characters and Journey Map for your main character.
Week 4: How to Make Writing Part of Your Daily Life
This week you will devise a plan to make writing a regular part of your life.
Objectives: Keep a time log and devise a writing plan.
Week 5: Building the Foundation
This lesson will help you build a solid plot progression.
Objective: Create a Story Blueprint
Week 6: How to Set Up Your Writing Space
In this class you will learn how to organize your space for greater productivity.
Objective: Set up your writing space.
Week 7: Create a Story Timeline
In this lesson we will talk about how to create the scaffolding upon which to hang your scenes.
Objective: Create a Scene Stack and synopsis of your novel.
Week 8: Turn Fear into Creativity
This class will give you ideas of how to channel those fears to fuel your creativity.
Objective: Write a scene in which your main character overcomes fear in inspirational ways.
PART II: Completing Your Draft (January 14 – March 11, 2014)
In Part II of Writing Your Novel from the Ground Up writing coach Diane O’Connell guides you from creating a mini-draft to completing a draft of your entire novel.
Productivity coach Renate Reimann, PhD, will teach you how to keep the momentum going and avoid the pitfalls of self-sabotage.
Included will be three 30-minute individual phone coaching sessions: two with Renate, and one with Diane (a $450 value).
Week 1: Create a Mini-Draft
The Mini Draft is your story in miniature—essentially a stripped-down version of your novel. We’ll get into exactly how to do this later in this lesson.
Objective: Start writing the Mini Draft of your novel.
Week 2: Create a Novel Timeline
This week you will create a novel timeline with meaningful milestones and precise deadlines.
Objective: Decide on a timeline for writing your novel.
Week 3: Creating the Passion Draft
In this draft you will pour out the effect you want each scene to have on your reader.
Objective: Create the Passion Draft of your novel.
Week 4: Self-Sabotage—How to Recognize, Counter, and Defeat It
This session focuses on realizing when you undermine yourself and increase your ability to manage pressure.
Objective: Identify self-sabotaging behavior, including perfectionism, and replace it with self-nurturing.
Week 5: Putting It Together
You now have separate drafts of your novel: the Mini Draft and the Passion Draft. The next step is to merge the two to arrive at a more complete draft. This lesson will show you how to do that most effectively.
Objective: Create a first Whole Draft.
Week 6: What Makes you a Writer?
In this class, you will develop strategies to reclaim the writer within and without.
Objective: Writer’s Statement.
Week 7: Creating the Texture Draft
You now have a complete first draft, but no doubt it feels like there’s something missing. This week, you will go back into your draft and add in those smaller details that truly make your scenes come alive.
Objective: Fully realize each scene in your novel to complete a Refined First Draft.
Week 8: Finishing and Letting Go
It’s time to confront your fears and celebrate the benefits of finishing.
Objective: Prepare yourself for sending your finished novel into the world.
Praise for the Class
Before this class I knew I had a story to tell. Now I know what it takes to actually put it to paper, both concrete ways to craft a novel that works as well as how to find the time and space in my life to commit to it. Diane was supportive and honest. Renate was always encouraging, reminding me that I’m not a victim of my life. I can make small tweaks to make this novel happen. Thanks again for a wonderful class! ~ Corinne Mahoney
$495 per class; $895 for both ($95 savings), which includes weekly lessons that come direct to your e-mail box and 3 private phone coaching sessions per class—one from Diane and two from Renate—via telephone.
Free downloads of Renate’s latest audiobook, Move Beyond Procrastination™ and Get Things Done! (which includes a PDF workbook), and Diane’s e-book: 50 Ways to Avoid the Rejection Pile.