12.31.2011

Nick Daws' Course (Writing Course Review)

Many months ago, I noticed in the ads at the top of my gmail inbox, an advertisement to "How to Write a Book - Special offer, with 100% satisfaction guarantee". Out of curiosity, and always looking for ways to improve my craft, I followed the link to Writequickly.com where the following was stated in large bold letters:

"You Can Write Your Next Book or Script In UNDER 28 DAYS, Working 1 Hour a Day Max. And That's 100% GUARANTEED!"


They further promised that this book would be accepted by a publisher within three months. I thought "this sounds way too good to be true" and usually things that sound too good are too good to be true. However, they had a 100% money back guarantee, so I thought I'd call their bluff and ordered a copy of the course.

I recieved it fairly quickly and dove right into the course. Mr. Daws' claims might actually be true for nonfiction. Most of the techniques taught are geared towards nonfiction and I can see how they might work. However, I didn't find many of them very useful for fiction, especially since many sections of the course contained no information at all about how certain techniques could be carried over to fiction writing (probably because they can't).

That is not to say it's a bad course or that I didn't take anything useful from it. Overall, the course is quite good, and I definitely learned a few "tricks" that I had not found in any of the other divers "how to write" books I've collected. One of the great strengths of the course is Mr. Daws' infectious enthusiasm. His course even helped me to get the Call to Arms Cycle "jump started" with good tips on devising a plot and on executing said plot. I didn't write it in 28 days, however, and I did spend close to an hour every day working on it, plus am a fairly fast typer (I had not yet switched over to pen-and-paper). I don't think it's possible to write anything worthwhile in 28 hours total writing time. Certainly not a full novel. I think I was able to write the first 30,000 words of Call to Arms in those 28 days (the final draft is around 150,000 words). Further, I do not accept the claims that Mr. Daws' revision techniques will yield a manuscript that every reputable publisher would accept.

If you're a nonfiction writer, I say go for it. If you're into writing something other than epic science fiction and fantasy works, you might try it and see if you can get your manuscript done in 28 days. You'll learn something useful nevertheless and they were very good about refunding my money "no questions asked" just as they promised so you don't have anything to lose.

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