Welcome to Day 0 of Hooked on Writing, your free online writing course. This online workbook will help you create a writing habit in 31 days.
Welcome to Hooked On Writing – your FREE online course.
We’re thrilled that you’ve taken a step closer to being who you want to be: a writer.
The purpose of this course is to get you to create a writing habit in 31 days.
You will need to:
- Set aside a time to write every day. We suggest 30 minutes to one hour.
- Complete one exercise every day, starting with ‘Day One’.
You can access the course wherever you go. You may find you have spare time at odd moments.
We know that by committing to a writing routine, you will develop ideas for your novels, memoirs, or short stories.
Complete these exercises at your own pace in the comfort of your own space.
Remember: You have permission to write badly!
We just want you to write. Simply put pen to paper and see where it takes you.
Set a timer. Use the timer on your phone if you want, but don’t get distracted by messages and notifications. You can keep writing after the timer has gone off, but don’t stop before then.
For the more structured exercises, try to follow the instructions, but then again, it’s creative writing and there are no rules.
What You Need
- A Device To Access This Course Online
You can use a laptop, a computer, a tablet, or a phone to log in to your account.
- A Pen & Notebook
We would encourage you to write by hand as much as possible, especially when you are creating a habit. But, you are welcome to use any tool or material that you are comfortable with. No two methods, or two writers, are the same.
Use your notebook to complete your exercises. At the end of a month, you will have a body of writing to hold in your hand. And keep it with you at all times. Ideas, like dreams, disappear if you don’t write them down.
(You can also purchase a printable, downloadable copy of the course for $20 if you want a hard copy. It includes all the exercises and space to complete them.)
- A Character Box
Look through old magazines and cut out images of interesting characters. Keep them in a box. (Or add interesting characters to a Pinterest board.)
- A Setting Box
Look through old magazines and cut out images of interesting settings. Keep them in a box. (Or add interesting settings to a Pinterest board.)
Collect your favourite songs and pieces of music that inspire you. They will be invaluable for creating moods in your writing.
- Belief In Yourself
Trust your heart and your hopes. If you reach for the stars, you might not get them, but you may just get the moon.
It’s not the best writers who get published. It’s the ones who persevere.
- An Inquiring Mind
Be open to new ideas and suggestions. Try. Be creative. Accept challenges. Be willing to learn. Everyone has something that can add to your experiences.
- A Desire To Write For The Love Of Writing
Write because you love to write. Write because you can’t imagine a life without writing. Write because you love words and images.
How To Do The Exercises
- New notebooks and funky pens make writing exercises fun, but Natalie Goldberg suggests you buy a cheap notebook and a fast pen.
- (You can purchase a printable, downloadable copy of the course for $20 if you want a hard copy. It includes all the exercises and space to complete them.)
- For the free writing exercises, simply put pen to paper and see where it takes you.
- For the more structured exercises, try to follow the instructions, but then again, it’s creative writing and there are no rules.
When It’s Over
When you are finished with this course, use the same time every day to write your story.
If you still need help, we have a variety of specialised courses to help you. They are listed here:
We have seven of the best online writing courses for new and experienced writers.
The courses are packed with writing exercises and most of them include coaching or feedback.
- Secrets Of A Memoirist ONLINE– How to write a memoir
- The Script ONLINE– How to write a screenplay
- Writers Write ONLINE– How to write a book
- This Kiss ONLINE– How to write a romance novel
- The Complete Blogging Course ONLINE– How to blog
- Short Cuts ONLINE– How to write a short story
- Kids Etc. ONLINE– How to write for children
Have fun and happy writing!
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