WriteScouts: the Quick Start Guide

Last week, I gave you a heads up that I’m finally starting the online writing school that I’ve been thinking about for years. Even though I was at the Star Trek convention, my 30th high school reunion, and Penned Con this past weekend (which was AWESOME!!!), I still made time to work on the first course.

The first class is going to be a quick start guide to writing a novel, inspired by the instruction manuals that I never read. A couple of weeks ago, I bought two end tables in boxes. Opened it up and there were 16 pages of instructions. I searched the box but alas, no quick start guide. ARGH!!

We’re so spoiled these days. We want everything quickly. In college, we want Cliff Notes. In electronics, we want quick start guides. Be honest . . . if you want to write, you want to get started quickly, right?

Well, why not? Because here’s what I’ve discovered: the best way to learn to write is to write.

So, how do you get started? You write. If you want to be a writer, get a notebook and write three pages longhand every morning. It can be about anything. Talk about what you want to do, what you need to do, what you want to write about, what rolls around in your head. I often find that I’ll run through almost a laundry list of things that I need to do. Once I get that down on a page, I feel freer. Try it and let me know if that works for you.

Comment and let me know what sorts of things you’d like to see covered in the first class. And stay tuned – those who sign up for my mailing list early on will get first dibs at freebies offered in my new online school.