Diving In: The Daunting Euphoria of the First Chapters

Getting words on a page—that is the definition of first-draft “perfection”!

EPISODE 4 of From Start to Finish, 10 Stages of Writing a Novel
Diving In: The Daunting Euphoria of the First Chapters

You’ve done so much prep work! You’re psyched to begin writing! This book is going to be awesome! Euphoria.

You stare at the blinking curser on the blank page. You don’t even have one word. You need tens of thousands of them. Misery.

It’s always exciting to finally get to the writing stage, where you can finally start crafting sentences to bring your characters, your world to life. But it’s also daunting because you may not know exactly where or how to start. And then to realize how long this is going to take you. But it’s okay, because it’s all part of the process.

Join me for the fourth stage of “From Start to Finish: 10 Stages of Writing a Novel”.
·Learn different strategies about how to start writing.  
·Learn the true purpose of a first draft (it’s not getting it perfect!)
·Learn how to cope with the long process by managing expectations and making a plan.

You will benefit from:

·A discussion of my strategies as well as what I’ve learned from the writers I work with as a book coach.
·Focused writing exercises
·Encouragement and advice to make it through this stage
·Q&A

This class is for
·Writers at the beginning of their novel
·Writers at any stage—how did you start? Share your tips with others.

Jen Braaksma is a writer, book coach and high school English teacher who has been through the writing wringer—and lived to tell the tale. Her first young adult fantasy novel will be published in 2022 (though it’s her fourth manuscript, so for all you not-yet-published writers out there, keep the faith!) She’s hard at work on a new adult fantasy novel, The Fairy Tale Fringe Festival. Be the first to hear all about it in Jen’s webinar episodes!

Meet Jen
Jen Braaksma is a writer, teacher and book coach in Ottawa, Canada. She has the word “passion” tattooed on her wrist—literally!
It’s her philosophy: to live her passion.
No surprise, then, that she has a passion for writing and reading and teaching.
When she wrote her own books (four Young Adult novels and counting!) she was filled with self-doubt. She struggled to balance her day job, her roles as wife and mother of two daughters and her writing life—until she worked with her own book coach. Jen’s coach taught her how to get the job done and believe in her own work. Come let her help you do the same!

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  • 2 Lessons