Frequently Asked Questions
+ When does the course start and finish??
The masterclass starts whenever you purchase. Because the course is self-paced, you can go as fast or as slow as you want and login to learn whenever it's convenient for you. If you complete one lesson a week, you will finish the course in 60 days.
+ Who is this course for??
This course is for you if:
- You have a bunch of unfinished stories because at some point you always get stuck
- You have great ideas for a story and don't know how to string them together
- You're stuck in the middle of your story and don't know what to write next
- You want to find a tried and tested way to make your plot amazing
- You want to stop messing with your writing dreams and take action to make them a reality
- You want to build a solid writing foundation you can use again and again
- You want to learn how to outline a plot that keeps readers turning to the next page
- You want a guided and interactive resource to outline your novel
+ How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! When you enroll in Finish Your First Draft, you get lifetime access. You can use these techniques, strategies, and workbooks again and again for every story you ever write!
+ What about writing books? What about master classes? What about writers conferences? What about free online articles? What about [insert anything here]?
There are a gajillion resources out there to help you as a writer, and this course is not here to discount any of them.
Anything that helps you write is what you should be using.
When I finally completed my first draft I had the guidance of an excellent writing book. It was a great resource for me, but it didn't give me the interactive support, step-by-step actionable items, and writing community that I wanted.
Finish Your First Draft is a writing resource you can use again and again that gives you:
- Clear guidance and step-by-step actions for every essential aspect of novel outlining
- Access to your instructor for personalized responses
- The convenience of learning and connecting with a community from the comfort of your own home
+ What if I'm a pantser and not a plotter?
For those of you unfamiliar with the terms, "pantser" is a type of writer who "writes by the seat of their pants" - they get an idea and hit the keyboard with no plan in place.
"Plotters" are the exact opposite - they take time to sit with their ideas and plan out various elements of their story before writing page 1.
As a former pantser, I say do whatever works for you. The best ideas come from moments of pure inspiration, but they also come from meticulous planning and uninterrupted focus (have you ever heard of a little story called Harry Potter? Yeah, J.K. Rowling planned that out for 5 years)
So don't feel the need to do what you don't like. If being a pantser works for you, great. If being a plotter works for you, great.
But if you are a pantser, as I used to be, and have yet to finish a first draft, it might be worth trying the plotting method and see if you get better results.
This course is designed to combine the best of your inspirational ideas (in other words, your pantser qualities) with the best of your structural ideas (in other words, your plotter qualities).
You need both to create a great story, and that's what you'll find in Finish Your First Draft.
+ Do I need a story idea before I take this course?
Nope! The very first lesson teaches you how to find and refine a story idea.
+ What if I already have a story idea or am working on a different story?
Great! During the first lesson you'll get tools and techniques to make sure you're working on the best version of your story idea.
Plus everything you learn is something you'll apply to every story you ever write. If you're already in the middle of a story that just means you have more material to apply the lessons to!
+ What happens when I buy the course?
You will receive a confirmation email and an introductory email about the course.
After the registration period is complete, you will receive access to all 8 Finish Your First Draft modules.
Every week for 8 weeks an e-mail lesson will be delivered straight to your inbox, but the course is self-study so you can work as fast or as slow as you want!
Each week's lesson covers a different essential aspect of story outlining. With this course you'll get the tools and guidance necessary to stop second-guessing yourself and finish your first draft!
+ Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes, Finish Your First Draft has a 14 day money back guarantee! If you reach day 14 and find these strategies aren't working for you, I'll give you a full refund. But you will have to show that you've read the lessons, completed the assignments, and made concrete efforts to implement any strategies and techniques we discuss.