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Write Your Book Now

Stay focused and write a book people will love

Make "finishing books" your superpower

Get support, advice, and deadlines!


If you are a writer, then you know that writing a novel is hard work

Writing can be a great pleasure, a sacred calling, and one's life's work. However, doubt and writer's block are no fun at all.

When you are working on a novel, there are endless little decisions to make, page by page, and progress is slow.

It's not like creating a blog post or short poem.

If you are writing a book, for instance, and you're twenty-thousand words into the manuscript, you can't just force yourself to keep going.

Even if you say really harsh, unpleasant things to yourself, you still won't be able to use willpower to get yourself to the end.

Even if you cancel all other commitments for a long weekend, drop your phone down a well, travel to an isolated mountain lodge, and draft three thousand great words -- well, you'll still have at least another forty-thousand words left to go. And now you have to buy a new phone.

In other words, this the kind of work that can be hard to fit into real life. If you are anything like me, you have work and family and life responsibilities, and these all take up time. If you are not a hermit in a cave who is followed around by a team of eager assistants, it can seem impossible to keep devoting time to a book.

And while, in theory, you have unlimited time to finish your book, self-belief is frail. Eventually you start to wonder what you are doing, and whether you are really a "writer."

That's why I created this course

Now, there are a lot of ways to get help with your book. And I should know: I've studied with great teachers.

In most of those classes, we brought in chapters of our novel drafts. We gave each other feedback on those chapters. And the instructor tried to sum up everyone's advice and give tips on how to write the rest of the book.

It was a fantastic learning experience. But it wasn't really what I wanted.

The problem was this: it left the actual "writing" part of "writing a book" largely up to the student. The deal with the class was this: you produce the work, we will critique. This left the work of producing the pages something of a mystery.

Instead, I wanted a class that was about writing. How to create a book. How to sit down and get typing. How to learn how to make good decisions and avoid pitfalls. How to figure out what should be in my book and what was excessive, unnecessary, problematic.

That's what this course offers: it gives you plentiful feedback (both one-on-one and group discussion) and helps you set goals and stay accountable. But that's only part of what you'll learn here. The course is ultimately about something larger and more important: it will teach you the skill of writing quickly.

The goal is here is to become comfortable and relaxed when writing a new book, and to build up the ability to write that book fast.

This course will try to persuade you that the way you write when you are happiest is the best way to write, and that worrying about too many things is damaging your ability to finish your book.

But this course isn't a mad dash where we hammer keys until, exhausted and numb, we have typed a lot of words.

It will teach you a step-by-step system for sketching out and then rapidly drafting a book. You will be able to use that system to write (quickly) any number of books after this one.

That's the transformation this course is offering: to become the kind of writer who can write a book quickly and confidently.


 

Take this course to:

  • Make massive progress on your book.
  • Learn how to scope out and plan a new project.
  • Become comfortable quickly creating an entire first draft, from the first to last page.
  • Fine tune your writing process.
  • Discover which bad writing habits are holding you back.

"Not all good writers are good teachers, but Daniel David Wallace (a talented, thoughtful writer himself) is a terrific instructor. Even when leading a class with multiple participants, he gives each student individualized attention.

A working writer himself, Daniel also addresses the realities of publishing and strategies for reaching readers.

If you can take a class with him, do it!"

- Julia Brown, author and editor

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Why Should You Write Fast?

Great writers do it. You should, too.


"Daniel truly has a gift. He’s one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I’ve had, and he continued to be patient and encouraging even after I made him read an almost 10,000 word outline. (Yeah. I know. That alone should tell you how above and beyond he goes for his students.) He gives the type of feedback that energizes rather than discourages, the kind that makes you feel like you can rebuild your novel—and rebuild it stronger.

I came away from this course not only with an incredibly detailed novel plan but also the lifelong skills to talk about how and why stories work. While I wish I could have Daniel around forever to bounce ideas off, I feel empowered to plan many more stories going forward."

- Allison Saft, YA author

Can I... write a book... fast?

If you have never written a book before, or if you have written one before (but it took years of pain and despair), or if you have completed a draft before but didn't like the result, you may wonder if you can really write a (good) book in three months.

This is an understandable concern. When I speak to writers, I often hear people saying that they struggle with staying focused, keeping themselves to a single project, or starting to doubt whether their inspiration is worth getting down on the page. People also talk about being stuck at the first chapter, unsure how to get started.

This course, therefore, offers you a three-pronged approach to writing your book -- actually writing your book -- and making rapid progress.

Firstly, I'm going to offer you a simple structure for your book, so that it won't be stressful to write the first 10,000 words. I imagine for most of my readers, this book will be a novel, so I will offer a short and simple guide to plotting the opening of a novel. But I know other writers are working on a memoir or a short story collection, so I will also offer a simple guide to writing those books fast, too.

So you don't have to worry so much about getting stuck.

Secondly, we going to study a series of techniques for writing faster. We're going to try out a series of techniques in the early weeks of the course, so that every participant in the course can work out which writing process works best for them personally.

Part of these techniques will involve streamlining and simplifying your book: I'll show you how easy it is to incorporate problematic elements and nearly unsolveable puzzles into an idea for a book -- and how to spot these danger signs, remove the worst trouble-makers, and build a simpler, better plan without them.

And then we're going to support each other and encourage each other to keep going. Every week you can check into the discussion group, see how much your fellow writers produced, and set yourself a goal for the week.

Thirdly, you're going to speak to me, one-on-one, three times during the course. We'll have a quick 30 minute conversation at the start of each month to plan out what you will be working on. I will offer supportive, affirming, and concrete advice.

Wait. Why is there one-on-one coaching?

I want you to get amazing results from this course. And I have found that there is no substitute for talking to a coach one-on-one: it's completely different from just reading a textbook or exchanging comments in a group discussion. Through these conversations, I will help you stay on track and made good artistic decisions. I will help connect the videos and worksheets with your specific project.

So... if thirty people join this course, you, Daniel, will have to call thirty people at the start of each month, for three months in a row?

Hell yeah! I can't want to talk to you all. It's true, my wife and I may need to hire extra babysitting, but I'm excited to help you get writing.

Am I supposed to write for three months without a break? What if I want to visit Disney World?

My goal is to help you write your book. I'm going to be paying attention to the group, watching to see if people are getting tired. In the past, I've adjusted the pace of my courses based on student feedback, and I'm thinking that, if people want it, we might have a "spring break" during the course, where we take some days off, and then come back refreshed. Additionally, we will have at least one "sprint week," where we will all try to write as fast as we can -- this will help you catch up if you have fallen behind.

It's 2018. It's time to write your book.

 

The components of this course

- A three-month program
- One-on-one coaching call at the start of each month (Three half-hour coaching calls total)
- Video lessons teaching fast writing
- How to set up your writing space and create a writing ritual
- Weekly writing goals
- Writing prompts to keep the drafting process fresh
- "Sprint week" where we all try to write as much as possible
- Group accountability and problem solving
- Dealing with writing fears and anxieties
- Plot and planning advice: novel outlining techniques
- Essay structure: a focused approach to structure an argument or memoir
- The "minimum viable book" -- learning to let go of overly complex goals

How to create a writing schedule

This is one way we will keep each other on track during the course


 

My "double" guarantee

I want this course to be a great writing experience for you.

That's why I'm offering a "double" guarantee. As you'll see below, I have a no-questions-asked money back guarantee. Not happy for any reason? Just tell me within thirty days and I'll process your refund.

However, while that sort of (standard, typical) guarantee is nice, it won't help you actually write your book. And I really want you to write your book.

So I'm offering another guarantee, on top of that one.

Here's the second guarantee: it's for people who take the course to the end.

If you get to the end of the three months, and you've had a great time, and you've learned amazing skills, and you feel like a much happier, stronger writer, BUT still -- for whatever reason -- you feel like you didn't make quite enough progress on your actual draft as you hoped -- if you haven't written as many words as you planned, in other words -- just let me know.

You won't need to justify it or explain what happened.

You might simply send me an email saying, "Daniel, I'm still writing."

Then, when the course has wrapped up, I will offer you extra coaching and another two weeks of writing guidance (for free). In other words, that's the extra guarantee: if you enjoyed the course, but wish you had a little more time, I will happily give you that time. And offer advice and support.

Now, I don't think you will need this guarantee. I think we are all going to write a huge amount on this course. Still, I want this to be the best writing experience you've ever had. That's why I'm double guaranteeing it!

Class Curriculum


  Unit 1.5 How to plan and structure an essay
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  Unit 2: structure and plot
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  Unit 4: Pacing
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  Introductory videos
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  Introduction to Low-Stress Writing
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  Writing habits and rituals (TBA)
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  Inspirational advice
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  Structure and Plot
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Why is this a "beta" price?

I work with many great writers as an online teacher and individual writing coach. This course is the result of those sessions: I noticed that many, many people wanted to write a book, but the busy-ness of normal life made it hard for them to focus and work consistently.

This is something I completely understand! As a father of a small baby, a University lecturer, the editor in chief of a literary press, and the walker of two dogs, I know that real life can be all but overwhelming.

That's where the idea for the course came from. If you can find between 30 minutes to an hour each day to give to your book (or a couple of longer sessions each week), I can help you finish it. My goal is to show you how to write more freely, more easily, and with less time lost feeling stuck.

However, although I am confident my approach can help writers, I have found in the past that the pacing and timing of a course like this can be hard to get exactly right out the first time around. Even writing quickly, I couldn't imagine a normal person completing a full draft of a novel or memoir in under three months. Perhaps it will take people a little longer, or perhaps the group would move even faster than I imagined.

That's why I decided to run it once as a "beta," to work with a small group of writers and see what sort of writing pace made sense for the group. My plan was to offer it once, for a maximum of 35 writers, to ensure I had the time to work with everyone and see them make enormous progress.

The next time I offer it again, it will cost at least $997. If you sign up now, for a writing experience beginning at the end of January 2018, you will get the full course at a reduced price.

Class Curriculum


  Unit 1.5 How to plan and structure an essay
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  Unit 2: structure and plot
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  Unit 4: Pacing
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  Introductory videos
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  Introduction to Low-Stress Writing
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  Writing habits and rituals (TBA)
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  Inspirational advice
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  Structure and Plot
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"Daniel was as good an editor as one could ever wish for. In fact, he went way over what I expected, sorting my good poems from my ordinary ones, suggesting small revisions and cuts, helping me organize my book... I don't know how he was able to give me so much time and attention, but he did, and I am grateful. Daniel has a good eye and a very good ear."

- Bill Buege, Poet, author of Stumble Into a Lighted Room

This course is not open for enrollment.

Your Instructor


Daniel David Wallace
Daniel David Wallace

Hi! I'm Daniel. I help writers of all levels plan, draft, and revise their novels. I create simple, easy-to-implement techniques that help you master the craft of fiction.

This is the benefit of being a professional writing coach and a PhD researcher: I take complex ideas and present them in their clearest, most essential form. Thousands of writers have signed up for my free courses on style, plotting, and finding one's voice.

I'm a British writer living in Tennessee with three dogs, a cat, my brilliant wife, my very lively two-year-old son, and a Honda Odyssey mini-van.

My stories and essays have been published in many literary journals. I am the editor in chief of Burlesque Press, and I've co-hosted writing conferences such The Hands On Literary Festival in New Orleans and the Young Writers conference in Knoxville.


"Daniel respected my work and vision on a profound level but also had a keen editorial eye and a stroke of literary genius that took everything I’d written to the next level.

Daniel was immensely patient, comforting, and encouraging -- is it weird that I think of him as my literary midwife? Because I totally do."

- Tawni Waters, I.L.A. award-winning author of The Beauty of the Broken, The Long Ride Home, and Siren Song

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course will begin at the end of January. The actual experience of writing will continue for three months, but you will have access to the course videos, worksheets, and other teaching materials forever.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Why three months? Nanowrimo only takes one!
The premise of Nanowrimo is that everyone writes 50,000 words in one month. That's 1,500 words a day. It's a lot, but the worst thing is -- most novels are longer than fifty thousand words! So you might not even have finished the draft by the end of the month. So, while I love Nanowrimo, I wanted to teach a course with a slightly slower pace, one that I thought people with jobs and family responsibilities would have no trouble completing. Additionally, I didn't want to run a course that was a pure mad dash for a month. Not that there's anything wrong with a mad dash. But I wanted, instead, to offer real skills and lifelong training. You will finish this course seeing fast writing as a normal, standard part of your process, not as a wild and crazy thing you try out once a year.
How will you teach us?
Through three one-on-one phone calls, guided discussions in the group forum, online office hours, video lectures, and detailed worksheets.
Do I need an outline to take the course?
You don't. I will provide a simple approach for beginning a book, a structure for opening a story or argument. Even if you have nothing planned out, if you are willing to trust me, you will rapidly make progress on the draft.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes: I'm offering a six-month payment plan.
When the price of the course goes up, will I still have access to it?
Yes! Once you've joined this course, you will always have access to the video lessons and group discussions.
How much time will I need to do this course?
I have designed this course for busy people. You will be able to get started quickly and make rapid progress. Additionally, the focus of the course is rapid, guilt-free creation. However, this is a book-writing class, and books require a lot of words! So you will need to reserve time each week to produce new pages: I imagine that somewhere between thirty minutes to an hour each day will keep you up to speed. The group will be encouraging you, and I'll be checking in on the phone every four weeks, so you will have lots of accountability and motivation to keep working. Plus we will have at least one "catch up" sprint week, where we will all race to see who can add the most words to their manuscript.
Do you guarantee I will finish my book?
Sadly, I can't, because as much as I would like to, I can't write your book. Only you can. But I can guarantee that I will show you how to write it quickly and effectively, and give you direct, clear advice about what to work on in what order. You'll also be surrounded by a group of equally motivated, interested fellow writers, and they can help you solve problems, stay focused, and avoid blocks. I can't wait to start working with you.

"He’s legitimately an expert who has unique and helpful information to share."

- Eva Langston, Book blogger and author

This course is not open for enrollment.