Finishing your First Draft - Day Ten
I’m going to be honest with you, I’m a little sad. I’m sad because this is the last day we have together (at least for now).
You’ve come a long way through this week and a half, and I hope you’ve learned a lot. I hope you’ll continue learning–as long as it’s not an excuse to avoid writing.
I don’t have a lesson for you today, but I wanted to provide you with a collection of resources to help your author journey.
So, without further ado, here are resources you should be checking out:
- Let’s Write a Book: A Dabble Guide to Story Craft should be hanging out somewhere in your inbox if you haven’t downloaded it already. It really dives deep into everything we covered in this class.
- DabbleU is our ever-growing online learning destination for writers, covering everything from components of a story to publishing. Check it out here: https://www.dabblewriter.com/dabble-u
- The Story Craft Café is an online community of writers of all stripes–from those writing their first book to authors who have written dozens. Join a writing group, chat with like-minded people, participate in writing sprints, join live workshops from industry leaders, and so much more. Grab your favorite drink and head over to the Café here: https://www.storycraft.cafe/
- We also have The Story Craft Café Podcast, hosted by my friend and colleague, Hank Garner. Hank chats with the biggest names in writing to help you with your own craft. Check it out in the Café or find it on your favorite platform here: https://storycraftcafe.podbean.com/
- Dabble is the ultimate novel writing platform, and you still have free access to all the Premium features with your trial. Use the powerful Plot Grid, house all your character and story notes, set and reach your goals, work with co-authors, and so much more with the best writing tool out there.
That’s a lot of stuff available to you through Dabble!
And honestly, that’s all I have for you today. You have all the tools you need to write your first draft. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Doug from Dabble
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