Start Your Book Today: Three Steps to Your First Draft

Amy Stewart, Writer & artist

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7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Intro: Start Your Book Today

      1:36
    • 2. First Step: Find Your Literary Dream Team

      4:50
    • 3. Project: Share Your Dream Team

      2:46
    • 4. Second Step: Index Cards!

      4:29
    • 5. Index Cards: Getting Unstuck

      3:29
    • 6. Third Step: Just One Page!

      7:19
    • 7. Final Thoughts and Congratulations

      1:14

About This Class

I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages. 

When I'm on book tour, the question I hear most often from aspiring writers is: "I have an idea for a book, but where do I begin?"

I get it! Starting a new book is daunting for all of us. In this class, I'm going to walk you through the three steps I take to start a first draft. I promise it'll be easy, fun, and low-pressure.

--You'll get to hang out at your favorite bookstore or library.

--You'll get to tear open a fresh new package of index cards.

--Best of all, you'll start filling a notebook (or a computer screen!) with pages.

E.L. Doctorow said, "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

I want to help you get started on your journey! Think of this class as the headlights that will guide you down that first mile.

Let's get started!