I hope the start of January 2024 has been treating you well so far. Today, I want to discuss a topic that’s close to every writer’s heart this time of year: turning that half-finished novel into a completed manuscript.
It took me eight years to finished my first novel, but my second novel (which was far more complex) took me only three years, and last January I started a story that I finished in just 12 months (granted, it was a novella, but still…). Point is, a big part of writing a novel is learning how to write a novel.
As a writing coach, I’ve made it my mission to help writers expedite this process. Art takes time, but it helps if you can avoid pitfalls and unnecessary detours on the journey to a finished manuscript.
In support of that effort, I’m offering a free webinar called How to Turn Your Half-Finished Novel into a Completed Manuscript. I’ll be giving the talk 4 times in the next week:
- Thursday, January 11 at 12pm PT
- Saturday, January 13 at 2pm PT
- Monday, January 15 at 3pm PT
- Wednesday, January 17 at 6pm PT
It’ll be the same presentation each time, so choose the one that works best for you and come learn what you need to do/understand to finish your novel in 2024.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a gimmicky finish-your-novel-in-5-easy-easy steps kind of webinar. Writing takes work, and art cannot be put on a timeline, but I CAN shorten your path to a finished manuscript by sharing with you the most useful things I’ve learned along the way to becoming a traditionally published, award-winning author.
Key Steps to Finish Your Novel:
- First, you’ll need to truly prioritize your writing and deal with writer’s block
- Then, understand what kind of structure you’re using for your novel
- Fill that structure with compelling scenes that keep readers reading
- Train yourself to craft powerful prose that says precisely what you mean
- And never, ever, ever, give up.
We’ll go into each of these items in detail and I’ll tell you how I learned to navigate each challenge. PLUS in the first 5 minutes I will share the strategy I use with my clients to help them create a personalized game plan for how they will finish that half-fished novel. I really want this webinar to be super useful to you so bring your questions about writing. If I don’t address them in my presentation, stay after for our live Q&A session and we’ll dig in together.
The joy of writing lies in the journey. By mastering these key elements, you can navigate the path to a completed manuscript with greater efficiency. I can’t promise you’ll finish your book in a month or a year, but I can promise to save you a lot of time on the path to publication. I hope you’ll join us.
Until then, happy writing, my friends!