MasterClass Gives You Access To Genius
What is MasterClass?
MasterClass offers online classes of all different kinds of fields “taught” by famous experts in their fields. There are many fields and classes to choose from including writing taught by James Patterson, cooking taught by Gordon Ramsey, scoring taught by Hans Zimmer, and plenty more.
Each class that you pay and sign up for offers exclusive videos provided by the famous expert along with lessons in a downloaded PDF format. Most of the classes are around $100, which may seem expensive, but it’s much cheaper than a college course.
A few months ago, I came across the Masterclass website and the online classes for writing with James Patterson. I wasn’t able to start right away after purchasing, but the time is now!
What Do I Hope to Gain/Learn from MasterClass with James Patterson?
Improving my writing. While my answer is pretty much just stating the obvious because, hello, it is a writing class, it’s the truth. Whether you are a best- selling author or write as a hobby, one’s writing can always be better.
Besides improving my writing, I hope to learn more about the novel writing process and what I need to do to make sure I develop a well-written novel.
The Story of Rain
Rain has always suffered from some sort of anxiety her entire life. However, in recent years, it got so bad that she no longer could leave her house without experiencing a full blown anxiety attack. After seeing a therapist, twice a week for a few weeks, she's starting to learn how to overcome her anxiety, especially when she discovers journaling and a group of people, who understand what it's like to be her. But just when she thinks she's doing better, she has another attack and starts to wonder if she'll ever be okay.
I first wrote this novel back during NaNoWriMo of 2015. I took a good year or so break from it before working on the second draft.
Part of my problem with working this novel is figuring out where exactly I want it to go. In my first draft, I sort of had an outline, but while writing the second draft, I didn’t really like where it went, so I took it in a different direction.
Same concept, but different scenes etc.
Flying My Wings
Sunday, December 7th, 1941- "A Date Which Will Live In Infamy" Tragedy strikes Milly Lake when her father is killed during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Still coping with her loss, Milly searches for a way to honor all that was lost on that fateful day. When word that the Army is in need of women pilots, Milly sets her sights on becoming the best pilot the Army has ever seen.
I began the research and the outlining process of this novel during the Summer of 2016. As far as writing it, I didn’t start until NaNoWriMo 2016. For this novel, I do have an outline for it and I know
For this novel, I do have an outline for it and I know exactly where I want it to go, however, the problem I face while working on this novel is the smaller details. With my outline, I know what I want to happen and when it’s the everything in between where I hit a bit of writer’s block.
Hopefully taking the MasterClass lessons will help be figure out what I need to work on and what I can do differently to finally finish a manuscript!
Intentions/Writing Goals During MasterClass
In Lesson 2, there’s a suggestion for everyone taking the class to post about their writing projects and intentions with the class in hopes of finding support.
I’ll be working on my two novels, The Story of Rain & Flying My Wings, and using each lesson toward them. I’ll more than likely be working on each novel every other day.
As far as my goals, they are completing proper outlines for both novels, finishing at least one novel by the end of this year, and making sure I’m writing every day.
Lesson 2 assignment is to start writing at least 500 words a day then build up to 1000 words and then start timing yourself. James himself suggests to write for at least an hour every day and to schedule it into your day just like you would with doctor appointments, meetings, etc.
I’ll be starting with 500 words for a week moving up to 1000 words every day for a week. After those two weeks, I’ll time myself to make sure I’m writing for at least an hour.
My Writing Schedule for next week! (I’m trying to figure the time of day I write best.)
Monday & Tuesday – Before 10 AM
Wednesday & Thursday – After 10 AM but before Noon
Friday & Saturday Or Sunday – After Noon.
I can’t wait to see where this journey with MasterClass takes myself and my writing!