Does the idea of writing fill you with fear and dread?
Do you find a million other things to do first — organizing your garage, cleaning out the kitty litter box, working on your income taxes — before you can bring yourself to write? Many people, some of them professional writers, operate exactly this way.
Starting to write is a struggle for most everyone. And so is sticking with the task, day after relentless day. It’s way too easy to become unglued by doubt. You think:
- What gives me the right to say this?
- How can I possibly produce the 60,000+ words I need for this book or thesis or dissertation?
- I’m not nearly interesting / smart / talented / determined / [add your favourite adjective here] enough for this kind of work.
I’ve felt all of those feelings, too, and I’m here to tell you there is a solution. Writing a first draft doesn’t have to be painful. It can be faster, better and easier when you know what to do. In fact, I can help turn your crappy first draft into a happy one.
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In Your Happy First Draft you will learn:
Who can benefit from Your Happy First Draft
The very definition of people who work for hire, freelancers want to do their job quickly and efficiently so they can get on to the next piece of paying work. If you weren’t lucky enough to learn fast writing when you were in school, give yourself an injection of adrenaline now. Your Happy First Draft will dramatically quicken the rate of your writing and make it far easier, to boot.
People whose bosses think they can’t write
I work with many people whose bosses don’t have much faith in them. Most often, I find the problem is the employee’s lack of confidence, not lack of skill. If your boss says you don’t understand grammar or writing, they’re likely telling you your words aren’t persuasive enough. Your Happy First Draft can help you rebuild your confidence and give you a step-by-step system for discovering your inner writer.
Grad students and other academics
Writing for the academy presents specific challenges, no matter what your place in those hallowed halls. If you’re a master’s student, producing a thesis can seem daunting and threatening. And doctoral students face the longer, more punishing demands of a dissertation. Even some assistant profs quake at the publish-or-perish demands imposed on them by the tenure track. Bottom line? Most universities fail to offer enough writing support to the people in their institutions. Don’t let them leave you adrift! Teach yourself how to write, sustainably, with Your Happy First Draft.
Business owners and consultants
Are you trying to increase your business by writing a blog? Or maybe you’ve heard how a book is the new business card? Of course, you could hire a ghost writer for either task — but if you yourself have the desire to write, save your money. Let Your Happy First Draft show you how to write in easy, life-affirming steps that will take no more than 30 minutes per day.
I used to decline to work with novelists because I’ve never produced a word of fiction in my life. Finally, one determined novelist refused to accept my no. And guess what? It turns out that most of the techniques I teach non-fiction writers work equally well for novelists. Prime among them is breaking the habit of editing WHILE you write. So is the idea of managing the (usually nasty) voices that speak to you, inside your head, your critical inner editor. Your Happy First Draft addresses both of these issues.
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What will you get when you order Your Happy First Draft?
Order the BASIC edition and you’ll receive:
Your Happy First Draft e-book.
This 216-page e-book describes how to make writing your crappy happy first draft a joyful and rewarding experience. In 11 chapters (plus intro and conclusion), Your Happy First Draft describes a wealth of practical ideas to make writing faster and better. Among other tips, you’ll discover why “small” is a beautiful habit, the value of daily diligence and how a super model can help you. Stories from people I’ve coached help guide the way, and 23 pages of notes and a detailed index make the book substantial and easy to use.
Buy the PREMIUM version and you’ll ALSO receive four bonus items:
Bonus #1: Your own printed and bound copy of Your Happy First Draft
Hate printing e-books? As a premium buyer you’ll get your very own reference copy of the book, professionally printed, with a glossy cover and perfect-bound binding. This is the ONLY way to get a printed copy of the book. It’s not available in regular stores or through Amazon. Delivery is free in Canada and the US and carries a flat fee of $15 elsewhere in the world.
Bonus #2: Twelve videos – one for each of the main chapters
My weekly Write Question video has proven so popular, I’ve also created an exclusive series of videos related to Your Happy First Draft. Buy the premium version and you’ll receive a link to a hidden YouTube page containing all 12 videos — one for each chapter.
Bonus #3: Daphne’s dynamite e-booklet 72 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
With tips for preparing better, for dealing with distractions and for playing better mind games, you’ll receive a wealth of practical ideas you can use immediately. This e-booklet is not sold separately.
Bonus #4: “How to Bring Storytelling to ANY Type of Writing”
In this helpful and easy-to-read PDF, writer Casey Hibbard — author of the book Stories that Sell — describes how to bring storytelling to any type of writing. Looking at the five key elements of storytelling, Hibbard describes how you can use each element to engage your readers and make the writing process more interesting to yourself.
Regardless of which version you buy, you get:
Daphne’s 100% turnaround money-back guarantee
If, after getting your purchase, you feel you have not received your money’s worth, simply return the materials to Daphne and you’ll get your money back, no questions asked. This guarantee is valid for one full year from your date of purchase.