jessicasteiner: (Save the World)
Here we go! The course is live and ready to go, and you can get it here.

I had originally intended to give a 30% discount initially, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to ensure that you all had the best deal I could really give you, as thanks for being the first to support me and help me on what will obviously be a very big and long-term project.

So for this week only, the course is only $9.99, which is a 50% discount from the price I ultimately intend to offer it at.

For only ten bucks you're getting:

1. The course, with all worksheets included, in an electronic, easily printable format.

2. BONUS THE FIRST: an already-formatted spreadsheet for tracking your writing work, so you don't have to make one of your own.

3. BONUS THE SECOND: My personal availability by email for answering any questions you might have, and for personalized coaching. This is a commitment I am making to you, as a purchaser of my course, that I will do what I can to help out with simple questions. I WILL NOT WRITE YOUR BOOK FOR YOU. But if you have any questions about the course, or a particular situation that the course doesn't seem to cover, I invite you to email me and I'll see what advice I can offer.

4. BONUS THE THIRD: Access to a LOCKED AND EXCLUSIVE Dreamwidth writing community, so that all of the students of my courses can share ideas, offer help to each other, find beta readers and support. This community was originally started as a writing group for me, but has inactive pretty much since the beginning. I'm resurrecting it, specifically for you. Only purchasers of my courses will receive an invite to the Turn Write community.

VERY VERY IMPORTANT DO NOT MISS STEP - after you complete your purchase, you will need to send me your email address. This will make it easier for me to send you the course, and also allow me to send you an invite to the community. DON'T JUST CLOSE OUT THE WINDOW WHEN YOU'RE DONE.

Whew, that was a lot of capslock. I hope you're as excited as I am to get rolling, so here, once again, is the link to the course.

If you have any questions or problems whatsoever, just go ahead and comment or PM me and I will make it all better!
jessicasteiner: (Blank Paper)
It's nearly here! After several months of work and a few data crashes, the Motivation course is going to go live on my website tomorrow.

I know that I've said that I think this course will help you, no matter who you are. Let me tell you why.

I have known as long as I can remember that I wanted to be a writer. I remember being in high school, and writing reams and reams of paper. The very first novel I ever wrote and completed was a Star Trek: DS9 fanfic - I figured I could get it published as a novel tie-in, if I could just polish it up enough. A friend of mine read it for me, and my next novel, which was a truly horrific vampire novel. And the next. I think that one had aliens in it. It was also terrible.

Then I hit university and my focus shifted to fanfiction. And somewhere along the line, I stopped writing completely. I knew I still wanted to write. I spent hours roleplaying online, writing shared stories with other people, but I felt totally unmotivated to actually write. It felt like work. I still had my passion, but any time it came time to write something down without working from the prompt of another person, I just never seemed to get around to it.

I tried NaNoWriMo a few times, and fizzled out after a few days every time. After five years of basically nothing, I was facing down the death of my dream, and wondering if maybe writing was just too hard for me. I wondered if I just couldn't do it.

Then I started learning and applying the kinds of techniques that I've put in the course. Most of all, I applied the technique that I mentioned in my last post - I remembered what I loved about writing, what I wanted out of life, and I focused on that rather than my fear.

I started writing, and I've never looked back. That was 10 years ago, and I am more sure than ever that writing is what I want to do, what I can do, and what I will do full time, someday.

That's why I know these techniques are good. Because they ended my 5 years of writer's block, and they have stood the test of time.

Now it's your turn, and I'm looking forward to having you come along with me on this journey.
jessicasteiner: (Fangirl Moment)
You already know that you want to be a writer. But do you see yourself AS a writer? Do you know what that looks like?

By the time you finish the Motivation course that's coming out at the end of this week, you'll not only know how to conquer the fears you have, but my intention is that you'll have a clear vision for where you're going.

If you don't know where you're going, how can you get there? I'll tell you: You can't.

Think about it now.

Close your eyes and picture what your life will be like when you achieve your goal. Think about where you'll live, in what sort of place, what you will do on a daily basis, where you will work, what clothes you'll wear. Picture it until you know it as well as you know your own life right now.

Pick one thing you can do today that will move you forward, even if it's just the tiniest bit, towards that goal.

I can't do this for you. Only you can make the decision to take those steps forward. I'm not saying that this course will do it for you, either. But what I can say, is that I've done my best to gather together every technique I've found over a lifetime of learning this stuff, into one easy place for your benefit.

If only one exercise teaches you something new, if you spend just a small amount of money and spent a few hours on this, and only move just a little bit closer to where you want to be, isn't that worth it?

I think it is, and that's how I live my own life. Using the techniques like the one above, I have written four full novels, published one, and begun making actual money each month from my writing.

You can do it, too. I can't wait to see you achieving.
jessicasteiner: (Fangirl Moment)
Hey everyone! I've got some exciting news.

My betas have gotten back to me, and the final formatting passes have been done.

It took a lot longer than I had originally expected, mostly because my long-suffering wife was trying to do the final copyediting and beta pass, and lost the changes she'd made three times due to unscheduled laptop reboots and other unforeseen problems.

But after a lot of cursing, she powered through it again and I'm happy to announce that the motivation module is finally complete. It will go live on my website on Saturday, March 29, 2014 as early in the day as I can manage given that I'm in PST and will need to do some website changes to make it available.

I'm afraid that I won't be able to offer it on Amazon or other online retailers, at least right now, because of the format, so my website will be the ONLY way to get the course.

What you'll be getting )
jessicasteiner: (Blank Paper)
I often have a hard time thinking of things to say here. Often things just seem like same-old-same-old, and I'm just poking along at the things I've been poking along at for months. But at the same time, I'm happy with the progress I'm making. I guess it's time to do an update and round-up.

I'm working on my fifth draft of OtherWhere, doing line edits, tightening the language, obliterating adverbs and unnecessary, redundant wordiness. I'm really happy with it, though I totally don't understand how people can finish this kind of thing in a month or two. After an hour of this stuff, I start skimming and have to stop.

Once I get this part finished, I'll be sending it out to (more) agents and also beta readers. Maybe that'll happen in March. I HOPE it'll happen in March.

I'm also poking around at various other projects without a tonne of focus, just doing whatever I feel like at any given moment. I expect to release my Motivation course by the end of February, though I'm eyeing the date right now and wondering if that's realistic. If not, then it'll be the first or second week of March.

I've been doing a lot more reading as well, which I consider to be really important. I started reading the collected works of Sherlock Holmes, because I've gotten really into Elementary, BBC Sherlock, and the RDJ movies as well, and I had gotten very interested in connecting with the source material, which I had never read. I remember picking it up once when I was probably 12 years old, saw Sherlock shooting up cocaine and went "Hang on, this isn't what I thought it was", but this time I've been really enjoying it.

Thing is, I had to interrupt because I needed to read some short stories. I've written a story I intend to submit to Crossed Genres magazine for their April deadline (Theme: Time travel!), but I haven't read a lot of short stories in recent years. I picked up Dangerous Women, which is an anthology of short stories that cover many genres, by many of the giants in speculative fiction - we're talking Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson. I figure I can learn some things from them. I'm enjoying the stories very much, and learning a lot about structure, and when that's done I'll be finishing off Sherlock Holmes.

Unless I get distracted by the three books I bought today, whoops.

Aw, man

Feb. 16th, 2014 02:16 pm
jessicasteiner: (Bad Writing Day)
Miko discovered that she'd lost all the changes she made when betaing the Motivation module of my course, when her computer rebooted. Sooooo, it might be delayed a little! But when she gets the motivation (heh) to redo all her hard work, it shouldn't be too long before it becomes available. I'm still shooting for the end of February, but it might be a week or two later than that.

In the meantime, think about this:

What can you do today to get just a tiny bit closer to your goal?
jessicasteiner: (Constructive Criticism)
It's the new year, and as promised, the Motivation Module for the course is nearly finished. This course (and the ones that will follow) is designed by fandom writers in mind, for people who want to break into professional writing. What I need next is two beta readers. I'm giving one one week of warning, because this is somewhat of a big deal. So if you're interested in this, please read this post carefully.

What's in it for you:

1. A FREE copy of the course to keep. If I make any changes due to your feedback, then you'll get the updated version automatically.
2. Full access to me until you're done the course, to answer any questions you have and help you get through the course. I commit to answer all your questions and coach you, even if it's not specifically about motivation, free of charge.

What you give me in return:

An absolute commitment to read the module, do ALL of the exercises, and give me a detailed play-by-play of what worked for you, and didn't work for you, and to do all this definitely by the end of February.

I'm serious. If you can't commit to this, then I feel it would be unfair of you to get a free copy of the course. If you know that life is probably going to be too busy for you to really, honestly commit, then please just wait for the course to come out properly. It's not fair to me and not fair to your fellow course-takers (who would have to wait for me to find another beta reader).

So what are you committing to, really? The course is not very long (about 30 pages, with 10 short exercises) , so I expect that most people could get it done in a couple of hours. The timeline I've set is totally doable. But I know that people can be flakey and that life intervenes. If your life does implode after you are selected, I have no problems with working with you and giving an extension. All I ask for is honesty, and to communicate with me.

Also, if you do well with this one, you will be shortlisted to beta future courses as well.

So how do I get to do this, anyway?

I decided to give everyone advanced warning, so you can look at your schedule, decide what you want to do, and also prepare, because this is going to require a teeny bit of work.

On January 18, 2014, I will open up submissions. If you want to be a beta reader, you will simply have to send me a couple of paragraphs by email, telling me who you are, and why you should be selected as a beta reader for the Motivation course. The submission window will close on January 20, 2014.

If you have any questions, go ahead and send me a PM or ask in the comments. I'll do my best to answer questions as quickly as possible.

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