My writing program is simple and it works. We focus on our process and produce the product along the way.
They have one assignment daily. Get the check mark. In order to get a check mark all they have to do is check in. The goal is to write, research, plot, revised, or otherwise advance the project for at least 30 minutes. But checking in counts. It keeps your project at the front of their minds.
When they check in they answer some questions about their writing day, encourage a few of the others, and get encouragement and support back. For that they get a green check mark and they “have written.”
They also receive daily coaching from me. Questions answered. Plot knots unraveled. Cheerleading, encouragement, celebration.
If you’ve ever done NaNoWriMo, you know the check marks work.
After about a month chasing the check mark, one client who’d been two-thirds committed to her book for about four years posted that since starting with the circle her book was at the forefront of her mind in a way it hadn’t been before. She was driving and had to pull over to take notes on the idea she just had for the next section of her book. That hadn’t been happening for her before.
Another client just finished a book she had been working on for a few years. She gave it up and put it away. A few years later she unearthed her writing and that project. She was a reluctant participant in the Spilling Ink! circles until she decided to stop fighting and give it a try. She’s finished with her novel and has posted, “This really works!”
In addition to the check marks, I offer classes in craft and production.
How they find their voice and train their ear – Spilling Ink! online class
Once a week students who elect to participate in Spilling Ink! get together online to share a raw scene, get feedback about what’s working and give feedback to the others in the group. We focus on what’s working in the scene. What images, plot twists, scene conflict, etc that works.
The amazing thing about that process is that when you focus on what works, you begin to see your work in a new way. It expands your creativity rather than contracts. I have lots of experience in critique groups and workshops where the focus is on what doesn’t work. When that’s what you focus on that’s what you hear when you’re writing. Then you’re editing, polishing, changing and basically squeezing all the original juice and momentum out of it.
The other great result of this process is that by listening and analyzing other’s work, you’re training your ear to better hear your own.
Hearing the potential in raw work is a necessary art writers have to master. If you can hear the potential in your raw work, you can develop the draft faster. In this class we use freewriting to get past the internal editor and expand creativity. We share raw work in a safe container and the writers who are listening are listening for specific elements in the readers work. Then they reflect back what they heard.
This training allows the listeners to hear those same elements when they are faced with raw work of their own. As they train their ear, they’re training their writing to strengthen around those same elements. And producing pages at the same time.
As the other writers in the group and the coach (me) reflect to them what is working, what themes are present, and how it might fit into the whole of their project, each writer is moving away from the internal editor or critic and into the open play field of creative experimentation. The secret to this group is the structure and the safety. Magic happens and writers find their voice when the layers of fear fall away.
Self-paced online classes
If my students are writing a first draft of their project, my self-paced craft classes are designed to bring them through a process to get the first draft done as quickly as possible. Craft lessons and prompts get them writing about character, plot, playing what if, etc. And writing scenes that fit into the whole. They’re accumulating pages in a simple way designed to produce a bones draft of their project.
Revision Process Class
This class takes writers through my thorough revision process. We begin at the high level of structure, character arc, and theme and work our way down to the scene level. Videos, worksheets, and weekly coaching calls are the backbone of this class. During the calls you can claim the group’s time for individual questions, help, and coaching.
When the students have done the revision and rewriting work, they move into a page exchange, where we exchange 50 to 100, or one act at a time, with a small group. This is similar to a critique group only we are reading as readers, not writers. We’re Educated Beta Readers. When we find something that isn’t working we offer solutions to keep the writer writing and getting closer to finishing. We check plot and character arc, conflict, suspense, pacing, etc. We edit in larger chunks than most critique groups so it’s faster, too.
I have a special section for my romance writers. Our goal is to write and indie-publish lots of romances in this new publishing era. A long-term goal is to collaborate in a romance world together and build on the momentum a big series can generate with the speed of collaboration. Exciting things coming in this direction! Jump on board while it’s happening!
I work very closely with my romance writers. I teach them structure. I collaborate on their outlines, on their scenes, and may assist with publishing their book is done.
The romance section of my program is small and evolving depending upon what my writers need. So it’s very individual.
Romance writers of all levels are welcome. By the time you’re done with your project, you’ll know how to write for this genre. Your process, your production capability, and your niche.
Please note: All of my programs are mainly for fiction writers. They can be adapted for memoir but would not be suitable for nonfiction.
My program is all inclusive. Each writer tailors her own experience. And all center around that green check mark, the craft classes, and the individual coaching from me.
Cost and commitment
I ask for a six-month commitment as it’s important to discover and practice your process and anything less that that isn’t going to help you create a lifelong habit or practice.
I offer three payment options for accountability, one-on-one coaching, group support, online classes, DIY craft classes and SUCCESS!
Monthly (with a 6-month commitment) – $297 per month
Save 15% by paying for six months in advance – $1500 one-time payment (that’s only $250 per month!).
Save 33% by paying for one year – $2364 (that’s only $197 per month!).
If you’re interested in learning more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to me about where you are and what you’re doing. You never know, I might be running a sale!