Writing Practice : 11 essential heuristics to power up your writing. | Damien Walter | Skillshare

Writing Practice : 11 essential heuristics to power up your writing.

Damien Walter, Writer for The Guardian, BBC, Wired.

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11 Lessons (1h 59m)
    • 1. Writing Practice - Introduction

    • 2. Omit Needless Words 1 of 3

    • 3. Omit Needless Words 2 of 3

    • 4. Omit Needless Words 3 of 3

    • 5. Small Strong Words 1 of 4

    • 6. Small Strong Words 2 of 4

    • 7. Small Strong Words 3 of 4

    • 8. Small Strong Words 4 of 4

    • 9. Power of Pronouns 1 of 3

    • 10. Power of Pronouns 2 of 3

    • 11. Power of Pronouns 3 of 3


About This Class

Did you ever stay up until dawn reading a great book? Has your worldview ever been rocked by a powerful essay? Were you ever left breathless by the words of a great novelist, playwright or poet?

Have you ever wanted to tell your story to the world but just... could...not...find...the words?!

In over a decade as a writing teacher, Damien Walter has helped thousands of students find their voice.

Now he shares a new course to develop the foundational skills to build a powerful writing practice.

What separates a good writer...from a great writer?

Copywriter. Journalist. Professional blogger. Content creator. Or just plain "Writer".

Whatever the role, great writing is one of the most in demand and highest rewarded skills in the new freelance economy.

But delivering great, creative writing, on demand and to deadline, will test even a great writer to the limits.

The writers who make it don't just have great skills. They have learned the most powerful heuristics.

"Heuristic; any approach to problem solving that employs a practical method, not guaranteed to be perfect, but good enough to reach an immediate goal."

Heuristics are mental shortcuts that ease the cognitive load of making a decision.

After thousands of hours watching students struggle with complex, made-up "rules of writing", Damien came up with a better way.

By learning and practicing these 11 essential heuristics, anyone can power-up their writing. From ambitious young writers to seasoned pros, practicing the essentials will raise you to the next level.

Each heuristic is introduced in a simple talk with multiple examples. But the real work happens away from the screen. Practical exercises for you to complete in your own time teach and reinforce the 11 heuristics.

The more you practice writing, the more powerful your writing practice becomes.