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Seeking new writers! We're partners to leading literary agencies worldwide who are seeking fresh writing talent and if we love your idea, we'll pull out all the stops to get you an agent and a publishing contract. 

Yes, you should start writing a book

1. It's not about the writing
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It's about storytelling

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Writers learn to write stories

2. You don't need to be a genius 
3. You don't need time
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You make time

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You don't need material

4. You don't need material or life experience

The story doesn't happen to you, you happen to the story

You don't need to be wise and have all the answers. Stories are about questions. One question after another. What happens next? Why did she do that? What will he do to escape? How come there's no door to the house? Will they work out the guy's a villain? A story is not about you. Sure, it may use some of your experience. But a story, like a movie, is about other people. Think of it as you would creating a film in your head. Things change – that's the secret to a story. Simply say what you see. You won't see all the way to 'The End' today, but tomorrow you'll see what happens next. When you write, you write for you, to tell yourself the story. 

5. You don't need a big idea right now, today

Ideas – like bestsellers – don't happen by magic, they're created

Ideas happen when you go looking for them. Once you know what you're looking for, you'll soon find a story you can't wait to write.“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” John Steinbeck. A good idea almost writes itself because it's 'spring-loaded'. We'll explain what we mean by that and show you the incredibly simple secret to creating a story idea packed with page-turning energy.  All you have to do is to open the door to a new world. When you sign up to the Big Idea course, you'll get the key.

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The idea is the key

“Wow, I just wanted to give a huge thank-you for the 'Big Idea' course. My confidence was low and I was definitely self-excluding. Then one day I saw the Big Idea course and decided to give it a go. The course is great, I've been able to work up an idea I really feel like I can run with but more importantly I have a whole new confidence in myself. ”

Kevin O'Brien

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Find out what really makes a story succeed. What do you need to pack into your story idea to get published in the current book market? Assemble your big idea and a one-line pitch or hook with the videos and exciting course materials created by our team

You'll leave the course with a book that has every chance of becoming a page-turner. Your story starts here.

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You'll have access to the course for a year, plenty of time for more than one big idea.

Available worldwide in all currencies and we accept most bank cards, credit cards and PayPal.

If you'd like to write your book all the way to the end, head straight to our Book in a Year plans  – which include the Big Idea and our other courses too plus one-to-one author tutoring – from just $149 or £99 a month.

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Getting ready for Nanowrimo? 

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Each year on November 1, thousands of people begin to write, determined to complete a novel in a month!

It can be very daunting, even overwhelming, but if you're considering taking part then the best approach is to have a good solid story idea in place before you put pen to paper. Get started with our Big Idea course. Or if you'd like to make writing a pleasurable part of your daily life sign up for one of our Book in a Year plan and write to your fullest potential to achieve your ambition.

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