Writing Tip Wednesday – Beginnings

Writing Tip Wednesday – Beginnings

JA Huss

Welcome to my brand new free course, The Perfect Story. This course deals with writing craft and it will consist of at least ten videos released every two weeks on WEDNESDAY. The other course released on Mondays, so that’s a new change.

The course outline (at present) consists of the following ten topics:

Beginnings
Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Pov/Characters
Settings/Series
Pacing/Suspense
Exposition/Dialogue
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices
Editing/Blurbs

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About JA Huss

JA Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for an Audie award in 2016, and her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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21 Comments

    1. UPDATE: Just finished. Great as usual. *bows to the queen* I actually read the Plot Whisperer based on an interview you did with Joanna Penn some months ago and it has helped me visualize what I often do in my head. Thanks so much and looking forward to the next video. I’ll also post on my blog like I did your first course as your advise is pretty priceless!

  1. This is really great, thank you Julie! I’ve only written one book and I didn’t “outline,” but I did something similar to what you described in this video. Definitely not as complete though. I’m super excited to hear your process for the middle and the rest. Thank you for doing this!

  2. I loved this, thanks Julie. Perfect timing for me as I begin my writing journey. Lots of notes that make sense of what I have been reading. Can’t wait for next chapter. Thank you for your generosity.

  3. You do a fantastic job breaking things down into very digestible pieces. I loved this both times I watched. Also I have to agree that Taking Turns was marvelously made. I’m glad you talked about that one. Can’t wait until the next post. Thank you Julie…you’re awesome 😀

  4. The nugget I took away was about tying the first chapter to the end. I look forward to the next video. If you like coffee, I’ll send you a pound of Kona coffee fresh from Hawaii.

  5. It seems like you are using Dan Wells 7 point plot structure, brilliant! I love the way he does it. Is there anyway to get a copy of your notes or slides from the video, I am a visual rather than audio person and I feel like I am missing stuff as I am scribbling notes, stopping and going . Thank you so much for this. I am a plotter as well and just starting my first book and completed the outline.

      1. I love the way that you present it and break everything down. Also the way that you tie everything together makes it all come together and make sense thank you for doing this for us

  6. Thanks for doing this. Truly appreciated the information. I’m a light plotter major pantster, found it very helpful.

  7. I love the videos, but find myself stopping them and writing the info from the slides. Would it be possible for you to make the ppt slides available on your blog somewhere? Thanks so much for this!!!

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