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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Easy Ways to Write a Novel-An Introduction

    • 2. Lesson One-Know Your Why

    • 3. Lesson Two-Positive Thinking

    • 4. Lesson Three-Let's Get Creative

    • 5. Lesson Four-Dream, Visualize, Live it

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About This Class

Have you thought about writing a novel but don't feel you have the time or motivation?

Maybe you're taken the NaNoWriMo challenge year after year and not achieved the 50,000 words or perhaps you've not even written the whole 30 days.

I've created a class just for you that puts emphasis on mindset rather than just writing techniques.

It's not always the most talented writers or with the best stories to tell that write a novel in 30 days. In this class you'll find tips to help you achieve your goals and before you know it writing every day, writing a book in 30 days will seem like a breeze.

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Susan Palmquist

Author, Dream Inspirer and Writing Guru



I’m Susan Palmquist and for the last 20 years I’ve been an author, freelance writer, editor, blogger, teacher and tutor, (and before that I was a publicist).

It feels like I’ve squeezed a lot into two decades and it’s my tips and experience that I’ve learned along the way that I’m now happy to share with you here at Skillshare.

I’d like to show you how you too can write for fun or even for a living whether it be fiction or non-fiction.

Getting published wasn’t easy for me but I’m now the author, (under my own name and pen name Vanessa Devereaux), of 100 plus books and counting. There’s nothing I love more than helping others do the same thing.

I have my own coaching and critiquing business... See full profile

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1. Easy Ways to Write a Novel-An Introduction: Do you dream about writing a novel? Do you dream about writing a novel in 30 days? Or maybe you've tried the National Novel Writing months challenge and failed every time. Hi, my name is Susan conquest and I'm an author, writer and writing tutor and couch. And I have many classes here at Skillshare, one of them being tips on writing a novel in 30 days. And I've come up with this new clause, and it's more catered towards mindset, goals and motivation to make you write a novel in 30 days. It an AT program and I think will be helpful to complement your actual writing skills. And it's an easy class, couple of lessons with suggestions. So I hope that you'll join me, grab your favorite beverage, and let's get started and I'll see you in lesson 1. 2. Lesson One-Know Your Why: Hello and thank you very much for joining me in this class. Here we are at less than one. And my first tip is to know your why. It's very important no matter what we do, whether it's writing a book, Losing white to know why we want to do something. So sit down and write why you want to write a book, and specifically why you'd like to get a book written in 30 days. It's not someone else's dream. It's your dream. If you are just writing for the sake of following everyone else, or you see people making money writing and you think, oh, that might be a good idea, That's the quickest way to file. It has to be your dream, has to be something that's within your heart. So make sure you know your why. Write it down, keep it somewhere where you can see it every time you write and especially return to it when you have days when you don't feel like writing and reassess your why. My next tip is, what actually motivates you? What is it that will drive you to write this book every day? Is it something that's been a childhood dream of yours? This sort of connects with your why, why you're writing the book. But go into more detail about what motivates you. Is it that you want to achieve something that no one in the, maybe the family has achieved, or you've seen an older sibling achieved. Maybe they've been published and you want to do that too. But make sure you actually want to do it not to compete with them, but only to compete with yourself. So under your wife, My can list of all the things that you feel motivates you to do. Anything, not just writing, but anything that you try to achieve in life. My next tip is to look at your past achievements. We can learn a lot from our failures and successes earlier in life, even earlier in the year. Sit down and think about something that you achieved. It could be something that other people told you was impossible. Now what was it that motivated you, kind of drove you to achieve something that everyone else felt that you were going to fail. Think about the steps that you took to achieve that goal. Maybe it was losing white, maybe it was running a marathon. Think about all the steps you took, even if you can analyze your mindset, what was it that made you say, for example, you ran a marathon and you had to try and every day, what was it that made you get out of bed thing? I have to try and I have to maybe go to the gym. I have to run a model or two today. I have to do it. Think back to what it was that drove you to achieve your goal. And on the other hand, think about something that you failed at. Write something down and try and analyze why you felt maybe you weren't motivated enough. Maybe it was something that wasn't within your heart, which goes back to the previous two tips. Maybe it was something that you weren't really a 100 percent committed to. And think about the comparison between success and failure. And look at your mindset, how you approached the goal. And try and analyze what happened between the success and failure, and apply that to writing your book in 30 days. That's it for lesson one, and I'll see you in Lesson 2. 3. Lesson Two-Positive Thinking: Hello and welcome back to Lesson 2. And we're going to touch more on your motivation. And I always say dreams are for a, and that's true. Every single one of us had a dream, a goal, and ambition. So once again, remind yourself of that. Every time you sit down to write, dream a little. There's nothing wrong in dreaming ahead of what you envision your life looking like in a month. Imagine that you've got the finished book in hand. And what that feels like. Write a few notes about how you think you'll feel when you've achieved this goal and you have that book written and written in 30 days. My next steps are, sometimes we are our own worst enemy and we get in the way of our goals and progress and even our talent. There's lots of talented people who have fallen by the wayside because they've kind of got into the mindset that they're not good enough, they're not as good as the next writer. Or they think every time they sit down to write my bright instincts, we all do that. But you have to get out of the mindset of that and turn off any negativity. So each time you sit down to write, I want you to tell yourself that you are the best writer. You're going to write the best story ever. Today's going to be successful. And the story is going to go as planned. Put l negative thoughts out of your mind and you'll have a smooth writing day. My next tip is, it's more technical than it is mindset, but a lot of people don't know the beginning, the end of the book. Always know how the book is going to start and how it's going to end. And don't worry about the middle bit. Because sometimes people panic thinking, oh, I don't know what's going to happen off the Chapter 3 or this scene or that scene. And it stops them from writing. Once again, they get in their own head and the negative thoughts invade and the writing doesn't get down. So no the beginning and know the end. And even if that's all that you're working on, believe me, the rest wall will fall into place. Don't ever be afraid to start a book because you don't know everything about it. And sometimes MRSA tip, but often works for me and I pass this along to the people that I coach. And that's to write the ending first, because a lot of us can envision how our book ends, which sounds strange, but most of us do know how the story that we want to write. And so know that no the beginning, no the end. And if you really are struggling, just sit for a day and write the ending first and then go back. And I think in fact, I'm pretty confident that everything will fall into place and the next day it'll be smooth sailing. So that's less than two. And I'll see you again in lesson three. 4. Lesson Three-Let's Get Creative: Hello and welcome back, welcome to Lesson 3. My first tip here is to go be creative. And I'm not just talking about writing. Sometimes if you do another creative endeavor, sometimes it helps the main purpose, your main goal of writing the novel. It should no be about writing the novel. I'll give you. One of my examples is a couple of years ago, I decided to learn to draw, to paint, and to do mixed media are. And I found that it really helps me when I'm stuck with writing. Maybe I can't see how the plot's going to apply. Our character is giving me trouble or maybe I just don't feel like sitting down writing alternative artwork. And it could be the same for you. It could be art. It could be maybe playing a musical instrument. It could be even something as simple as maybe going out and working in your garden or something like that. Anything that you feel helps with your creative endeavor. My other tip is to find a group of people that are, They don't have to be writers, but other people that are trying to achieve a goal. It could be a creative group, it could be an out-group or another varieties group or whatever. But the common ground is you're all trying to achieve a goal and you can talk to other people, see what they're struggling with, seeing what helps. They'll be a boost to you on days where you feel like you really are struggling. So try and seek out like minded people who are trying to achieve a goal and something else you can do it even if you can't find a group, is to find someone who will hold you accountable. Someone that's going to be like a boss to you and say, hey, did you, did you get this done? Did you write today? Did you get that book Britain? Did you get that chapter written? It really helps because when you're pursuing something on your own, one it's hard to keep motivated, but if you feel you have someone to answer to one, explain. Well, now I didn't write today because I decided to go on and maybe played basketball or something or I decided to watch Netflix all day. I didn't write someone to say, hey, that's not going to get the job done. Someone that will hold you accountable for what you've told them, you will do. And on the other hand, you can be their accountability power to, if there's some person that you meet that has a common goal, then maybe you're both trying to write a book in, in 30 days and you can hold one another accountable and say, hey, this has to get down. My next hips are all to do with fun and reward. Everything has to have a fun side to it. And if you just think in all this is a struggle, I'm going to have to sit down for hours every day and write for 30 days. Sometimes that can be a really downside to trying to achieve a goal. So I say all work and no play is an unknown. Think about what you like to do. And white to do that until you've, you've done your writing for the day. Sometimes for me that listening to music, once over it for the day, I'll go and listen to music or I'll watch my favorite episode of whatever particular show on watching at the time. Make sure that your writing is fun. Because if it's not, you're going to give R. And this kind of goes back to the first tip I gave about knowing your why. It should be fun. It shouldn't be a task that you think, Oh, I just can't do this. I really don't wanna do this. It has to refund. Now, another thing that often works to write down your rewards, sit down and make a list of all the things that you want to do after you've written every day. It could be maybe a walk down to the local ice cream parlor and get yourself an ice cream or maybe you'll take your dog for a walk, or maybe your go and play the guitar for 15 minutes. Give each rewards and points, add up the points, and then at the end of the 30 day, see how many you have and turn it into something really rewarding. Maybe going to a spar or going to see someone going to dinner with someone that you haven't seen for a while. It could be someone that you've put off seeing for those 30 days. But make sure that you have fun. You reward yourself. And this is all a positive experience. Because if this is a positive experience, then the next book's going to be easier. And then the next book after that is going to be just right because you know what you have to do. That's it for my tips for Lesson 3, and I'll see you for our final tips and our wrap up. See you then. 5. Lesson Four-Dream, Visualize, Live it: Hello and welcome back. And here we are at our final lesson, Lesson 4, with some final tips. And one thing I started to do just before I finally got published was to make myself a vision board. And just you don't have to have anything fancy. I just got a piece of cardboard and cut out pictures that I kind of envisioned my dream being. And one was a picture of an author, a book signing a local bookstore, and that went on my board. And then a picture of me, a picture of me writing, and then some cutouts of manuscript. And so whatever works for you, maybe it is just a copy of a piece of paper where you've been writing picture of yourself. Could be pitches of covers of authors that you admire and you hope to be successful like they are, anything like that. You can even make notes on vision board. I say if you can see it, you can live at and it really helped me and keep it somewhere where you can see it while you write, visited every day, look at it and think about back to what motivates you what your dreams are and fantasize. That's what dreams are about. Fantasize, but at the same time, convince yourself that you are going to live whatever is on that vision board. You are going to be a published writer. You are going to be a writer who writes of the day. You are going to be a writer who is successful. You are going to continue writing and get lots of work done and you're going to maybe do these book signings, whatever is on your vision board. Said live it, fantasize about it. So that's it for the, this class, for the, for all the goals. I hope it's been helpful. And one last thing that I would like to cover is to remember to say no to negative thoughts. And if you feel like, Oh, I can't write today, just maybe go and run an errand, go for a walk, and then come back to it. And I think you'll fill once you've got some fresh air, a different environment, it is different perspective. You'll look at your work in a completely different way and come back almost like a different person that often helps me. If I'm stuck. I often go for a walk. I used to do that when I was doing full-time freelance writing, I would if I couldn't figure out how an article's going to play out, I'd go for a walk and come back and it would be absolutely smooth sailing. So that's it. We've come to the end of the class, the end of the journey. I hope this has been helpful. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need any more tips. And please check out my other classes on writing a novel in 30 days. Therefore, the writing side, the technical side of writing. So it's a good compliment for this. And I thank you very much for taking this class and I wish you great luck on your writing journey. Take care, and see you again soon.