This is the partner course for the book Write your Book in 100 Days. It will include a copy of the book.
This is a very structured four month programme that runs with a series of emails, tasks and key lessons over these months. It will take your book all the way from an idea to a completed first draft This could be a professional book, non-fiction, biography or memoir.
We follow the clear writing process outlined in the book Write your Book in 100 Days . This is a process over 180 authors have used to write and publish. This is a clear and structured writing process that will get you to create, plan, write and COMPLETE your book.
Looking for a closer connection ? You can apply for a personal mentorship. That runs over FIVE months and takes your book from idea to publishable book with the constant support of a mentor.
HOW DO THE 100 DAYS WORK?
We know most writers need a few things to make real progress in their writing:
1. Some clear steps to follow
2. Experienced mentors to give you the right advice, hold you accountable and make sure you get it done.
3. A place to ask questions when you get stuck
You are getting these three key elements. The mentorship is highly successful because of the many accountability factors we have in place. These are the real day-to-day nudges that are included, to keep you writing, keep you inspired and most importantly help you over your writing slumps.
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
A very structured writing programme. We do not use online videos (we don't find those work well) but rather you will a series of emails with key lessons and tasks to complete over these 3.5 months. You get 2 emails a week with very specific things to do.
You get tasks to complete each week, and word count targets, that will take your book from start to a completed 50,000-80,000 word manuscript, if you follow the steps clearly.
You can join the Wednesday Weekly writing group for 4 hours a week (optional of course) with lots of personal connection and chats.
You can join the once a month Three-Day Writing Binge (online) where we write for 8 hours a day for 3 days.
You can book personal session to chat about your book, or get feedback and advice at a discount.
WHAT HAPPENS - PRACTICALLY?
In a nutshell, you will plan, write and produce your first draft over 100 days (realistically about 4 months with all the planning). We follow the steps below. Each step will move in a linear fashion to take you from an idea to a completed draft.
At the end of just over three months, you will have a book in your hand.
Here’s how this is going to work. It is practical and based on our years of walking writers down the path to publication.
There are a few parts to this that sort of add up to 100 days. Well the working part does.
Part 1 [10 days] Plan. Time to design and plot your book
Part 2 [90 days] Write! You write hard and fast with a view to getting down a minimum of 50,000 words
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN
For most of this process we are going to focus on the first 100 Days and we are going to push, prod and drive you to get to that point. What point? The point where you are sitting with your first draft in your hand. The 100 Days deadline means you have 10 days of planning and 90 days of solid, frenzied writing to get you there. Easy? You bet.
BOOK STRUCTURE: This is both a course and a mentorship and Sarah is a structure fanatic who will show you that a strong structure is the gift that sets your writing free.
What is your STORY? Let’s find it together.
The basics of planning a compelling book
The key elements of structure / plotting/ planning
Finding your hook, genre and message
How to build your book - chapter by chapter
Titles and log lines
Develop your characters and events
Working with dialogue
Knowing what to include and exclude
Adding depth and layers, tone and voice
Dealing with EMOTIONS of writing, procrastination or overwhelm that will kick you to touch if you don’t know how to handle it.
PART 1 PLAN
Module: What have you got yourself into?
Module: Should you plan or just write?
Module: Set up strong
Module: Think Big! Why your book needs a Big Idea
Module: Find Your Genre
Module: Do you need to be an expert to write?
Module: How to build a book
Module: Tackle your book scene-by-scene, chapter-by-chapter
Module: What type of books is yours?
Module: Where are you headed?
Module: Sarah's rules of writing
PART 2 WRITE
Module: Hook them from the start
Module: What do you need to give up?
Module: Where is your book set?
Module: The hero - that's you!
Module: Who is your reader?
Module: Do some research
Module: Who else is in your book?
Module: Make yourself more physical
Module: Get talking
Module: The types of scenes you need
Module: Can we hear your voice?
Module: Who's causing trouble in your story?
Module: Are you talking to your reader?
Module: Tell the truth with courage and compassion
Module: How to write about yourself?
Module: Where's the conflict?
Module: Make a list
Module: How does your story end?
Module: Refine your title and subtitle
Module: How is it all working out for you?
Write your Book in 100 Days (Non Fiction)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE WRITING ROOM MENTORSHIPS 2024
The investment in your mentorship is quoted on the information payment page and in your currency. This is because we have a ZAR rate and a USD rate that may differ.
These personal mentorships have limited spaces for new writers and there is a NO REFUND policy. For that reason we will have a personal call first to explain the process and how it works.
A full upfront payment is recommended and a discount offered for that, but we do have a payment plan that specifies the instalments and when they are paid.
IN PAYING YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All personal sessions must be taken over 12 months from the start of the mentorship.
- All fees paid are totally non-refundable for any reason whatsoever
- Acceptance on the mentorship does not guarantee publication, or representation
- There is a payment plan offered and this is a deposit with 5 more instalments payable.
- If you need to stop the process for any reason or cannot continue, you will be offered a deferment to the next year's mentorship and will be credited the number of remaining session to redeem in time that year. If that is not agreeable the remaining sessions will be credited to you for 24 months from termination date.
By choosing to participate in the mentorship you agree to:
Follow the rules and guidelines as outlined by the program coordinator, mentee training, program policies, and this contract;
Attend as many of the fixed writing dates as possible, within reason
Make a one-year commitment to being matched with my mentor and work on my book;
Meet at least on times with my mentor;
Make at least monthly contact with my mentor;
Be on time for scheduled meetings or call my mentor at least 24 hours beforehand if I am unable to make a meeting;
Participate in a closure process when the match comes to an end;