Writing Classes

28 Nov

I recently finished an online Mystery writing class that was very helpful. It helped me structure my wip and come up with a very workable outline. By chance, and I really don’t believe in chance, I am fairly sure I was meant to see a message from Candace Havens about a class she was offering. It is her Fast Draft and Revision Hell classes. It is meant to help you finish your wip by the end of the year. Now that I had an outline. This was exactly what I needed.

For a nominal fee she sends you the rules. Some of the rules are no editing, no going back, just go forward, have to post your results daily, aim for 20 pages a day for 14 days, and no whining. She said that if you whine, she will give you one warning. You do it again and you are out.

I have committed to writing for two hours a day. One hour in the morning, I now get up at 5:30 AM and another hour in the evening. I want to get to the point where I can write 10 pages in the AM and another 10 in the PM. Today was my first day and I didn’t quite make it. I wrote 9 pages. Candace said to give yourself some grace for the first few days because it is hard to produce that much but if you keep at it, it becomes easier. I trust her. She is a busy lady and this is how she does it.

So if you check my word meter you will see that I updated it today. I will update it each day. I will try to blog a couple times a week. One will be an update on my progress with this class the second will be my alphabet tips.

Please feel free to cheer me on. If this sounds like something you would be interested, google Candace Havens and check it out.

Gotta think about heading to bed. 5:30 comes awful fast.

Happy writing,



Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Writing a Novel


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4 responses to “Writing Classes

  1. Margot Kinberg

    November 29, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Virginia – I’m so happy to hear that you had a good experience with your class. That’s great! And I do with you all the best as you move along with your manuscript.


    • virginiagruver

      November 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Margo. I figure I can do anything for two weeks.


  2. Katherine Hinkson

    November 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Nice, you can do it.


    • virginiagruver

      November 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Kim. How’s your writing going? I am meeting with my friend Kerry. She’s having a retreat at her house in the country down by Winterset Saturday. Hoping to get lots of words.



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