Hey everyone, it's great to be here.
Well we have an amazing opportunity today.
Just before we get started into today's class, to let you know that online we have some one to one coaching availability. So I'm gonna let you tell me a bit more about that.
Yeah, it's a really exciting opportunity. The work that you do in this class, in the workbook and we're gonna through 14 critical steps for starting a novel or memoir and you're gonna do that work and this is just such a critically important moment in the writing process. I always say that if you have any time or energy or money to spend on making a better book, do it at the very start and you can get professional feedback from one of my team of coaches. I have 32 coaches that work for me. That I've hired and trained and oversee. They follow my strategies and philosophies. They're amazing (laughs) and we are primed and ready to give you feedback on your pages and we're gonna do it within three weeks of when you turn the wo...
rk in. Which in the world of publishing, publishing is really slow, so that's a fast, fast turnaround. So you're gonna know right away what you're doing well, what you could do better and really get confidence to write forward, it's gonna be great.
It's a great opportunity because maybe you're kind of watching this thinking I've been taking a lot of time getting to the stage of just wanting to really get stuck into writing a book and having that support there is gonna take you a long way. So if you wanna read more information it is there on the course page, scroll down, look for the yellow box and you can read more there, but take a look, and of course with that comes everything we're gonna cover today. So check it out and look for it on the course page. Alright, I'll let you crack on with the course today.
Alright, thank you. So we're here today to learn how to write a book, and that is a incredibly complex, emotional, multilayered activity that takes many people years, and years, and years to get right, what we're gonna try to do is put some boundaries and order on the process so that it doesn't have to be quite so overwhelming. That's what our whole job here is today. As a book coach, I am constantly seeing what people are doing wrong, and I see the same patterns over and over and over again. Creativity it turns out, is not just a wild thing that is out there and is total chaos, it can be the patterns in it, it can be tamed, and the thing is you have to believe that, you have to believe that there can be order to this chaos. I love this quote by Twyla Tharp the choreographer and author of the book The Creative Habit, she says "Before you can thing out of the box, you have to start with a box" and what's just great about this is it, doesn't it just feel comforting (laughs) like, oh that feels good, okay let's start with a box, what is this that we're doing, what are the rules of the game, and then we can proceed forward. So it's very much like a painter, a painter has to choose a canvas, they have to choose a size of a canvas, they have to choose a palette of colors that they're gonna use, they have to choose a style that they're going to paint in. They approach a blank canvas, but they have to answer a series of questions before they can even begin, and they have to know what their intention is. We're doing exactly the same thing, it's just a little bit trickier with a novel or a memoir because words are not visible, we can't see it the way we can see what a painter is doing, but we're doing exactly the same thing, we're choosing our canvas, we're choosing our palette, we're deciding are we doing a landscape or are we doing a portrait? That's exactly the kind of work that we're doing here. So the first thing that you wanna do is download the workbook for this class, this is a 25 page workbook, that's got all the questions we're gonna answer today and space for you to write them out. I would set aside a lot of time to complete this workbook. The class itself is about six hours, and I would say at least six hours to do the workbook as well, it's a lot of work and you get the download in, and you should do that now so you can work through these questions while we go.