Writing Tip Wednesday – Beginnings

Posted March 22, 2017 by Julie in Writing Tip Wednesday / 21 Comments

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:

Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices

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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award and Voice Arts Award in 2018. In May 2018 MGM Television optioned five of her books (Slack, Guns, Come, Come Back, and Coming For You – collectively called THE COMPANY) for a TV Series. She and Johnathan are partners in that TV series project β€” in fact, they started out writing the teleplay for The Company and soon after found themselves writing novels together too.

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 responses to “Writing Tip Wednesday – Beginnings

    • 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. Kristi Beckhart

    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. Joanna Paez

    So helpful, I’m still trying to find my process and I’ll be giving yours a try. Thanks for sharing Julie!

  3. Susanne Becker

    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.

  4. 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 πŸ˜€

  5. Julie this is a great course even for us non- writers. I am always interested in the process. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy your eobs.

  6. Joe Trent

    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.

  7. 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.

    • Julie

      I haven’t see that plan but yeah, nothing I’m saying is new. Just my version of events. πŸ™‚

      • Kathy Mcgillick

        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

  8. Christy L Dorton

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

  9. Bobbi

    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!!!

  10. You are truly awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and your craft. Wow. On top of being a fabulously gifted writer you are also a very amazing teacher.