Become a Master Writer by Elisa Doucette

Become a Master Writer

What if I told you that you could write like Hemingway?

Or Anne Lamott? Or Stephen King? Or Seneca?

I’ll let you in on a secret … learning their style isn’t just about reading their books.

There’s a trick that students of writing and literature have been implementing for centuries that will teach you EXACTLY how your favorite writers and authors not only write well—but also consistently.

Without having to take university level classes.

In fact, you can probably do it in less than an hour a day.

How To Become a Master Writer?

Become a Master Writer is an eight-week self-study course, delivered direct to your inbox, that teaches you how to become a better writer using the technique that some of the most famous writers, thinkers, and authors have used for centuries—copywork.

Copywork is exactly what it sounds like. You find some writing that you like, or can learn from, and sit down to copy it by hand (word for word, punctuation mark for punctuation mark, space for space).

I know, you’re probably thinking, “How on earth would I ever learn to become a better, more consistent writer by copying someone else’s work?” Well, you’d be joining a pretty esteemed group of famous writers and thinkers who’ve used this exact method to develop their craft ...

Master Writers Who Copied

  • Hunter S. Thompson copied F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls so he could feel what it was like to write a classic novel
  • Virgil copied Homer (and Plato copied Socrates … copying your teacher’s writing was one of the only ways to get your essays circulated in Ancient Rome and Greece)
  • Stephen King notes in his writing theory book On Writing that he copied releases of his favorite horror short stories and graphic novels as a child to teach himself how the authors wrote
  • Benjamin Franklin copied interesting newspaper articles as a teen to learn how to write for publication
  • Buddhist monks handwrite ancient sutras and aphorisms again and again and again until the prose is etched in their mind

How Will This Improve Your Writing Skills?

But What Exactly Do You Get?

  • Every week, you’ll get five copywork excerpts.
  • Once a week, you’ll receive a writing prompt to apply what you’ve learned.
  • We’ll also include links in every email to additional articles, essays, books, and resources we’ve curated so you can dig deeper into the week’s theme (if you choose).
  • The excerpts will come from different styles, structures, authors, tones, ideologies, genres, and eras to help you practice and discover your own writing voice.
Each week will cover an overall theme or concept in writing:

  • Week One - Learning and Reading
  • Week Two - Language and Words
  • Week Three - Structure and Flow
  • Week Four - Concept and Premise
  • Week Five - Characters and Heroes
  • Week Six - Settings and Surroundings
  • Week Seven - Themes and (Life) Lessons
  • Week Eight - Voice and Style

By the time you hit your freewriting exercise, you will not only have done focused copywork, but you will also have gotten a daily lesson on what to pay attention to as you write. A compact little master class in writing...from the masters!

How It Works

  1. Each morning you’ll receive a new lesson, that includes a copywork excerpt or writing/learning prompt, along with an explanation for what to focus on as you do the work.
  2. Print it out, download it to a mobile device, or view it right on your screen.
  3. Grab your handy notebook, scrap paper, legal pad, etc., and start writing.
  4.  If you have time (or want to save it for later), click through the additional resources and materials we’ve curated for you to dig deeper into the lesson. This will be especially helpful for those feeling super ambitious or committed to becoming master writers.
  5. You can do most (if not all) of the lesson, every day, in less than 60 minutes.

How Can You Actually Apply This to Your Career and Business?

Welcome to the resurgence of the idea of “Storytelling” as a foundation stone to all forms of writing.

This, of course, is because people would much rather learn their lessons from someone’s engaging and fascinating story than from a boring blog post that is barely better than a Powerpoint presentation.

But here’s the truth you don’t want to hear: many modern writers (possibly including you) are terrible at telling stories.

You’ve forgotten, through years of academic essays, emails and professional memos, and nonfiction best-sellers how to sit down and captivate your audience through the powers of written wit.

The writing we’ve hand-chosen for this course stands the test of time. It includes orations from Stoic and classic philosophers, Renaissance drama, Transcendental essays, and prize-winning fiction.

Some of the best narrative artistry available, without having to search it all out and figure out what you are supposed to learn from it.

Why Wait?

Do you find yourself saying:
You can buy Become a Master Writer right now for only $199 and never worry about thinking or saying anything like this again.

As the saying goes, copying may be the highest form of flattery, but you'll see that it's also the quickest way to become a great writer yourself.

What's included?

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Contents

Pre-Course Information
You'll want to read this for the course (No, seriously, there's important info here!)
4 mins
Day 1
The Gap
Day 1 - The Gap.pdf
175 KB
Further Reading
Day 2
On Writing
Day 2 - On Writing Lesson.pdf
87.7 KB
Day 2 - On Writing Extended.pdf
101 KB
Further Reading
Day 3
How to Read a Book
Day 3 - How to Read a Book.pdf
178 KB
Further Reading
Day 4
Read Like a Writer
Day 4 - Read Like a Writer.pdf
92.9 KB
Further Reading
Day 5
A Message to Readers
4 mins
Day 5 - A Message to Readers Lesson.pdf
187 KB
Day 5 - A Message to Readers Extended.pdf
210 KB
Further Reading
Day 6
On Rest and Flow
Further Reading
Day 7
Your First Writing Prompt
Day 7 - Week One Lessons Review.pdf
114 KB
Day 8
English is Not a Fortress
Day 8 - English is not a Fortress Lesson.pdf
100 KB
Further Reading
Day 9
Essay on the Origin of Language
Day 09 - Essay on the Origins of Language Lesson.pdf
95 KB
Day 09 - Essay on the Origins of Language Extended.pdf
106 KB
Further Reading
Day 10
A Portrait of the Artist
5 mins
Day 10 - A Portrait of the Artist Lesson.pdf
90.9 KB
Further Reading
Day 11
On Being
Day 11 - On Being Lesson.pdf
201 KB
Further Reading
First Batch Resources.pdf
102 KB
Day 12
The Great Passage
Day 12 - The Great Passage Lesson.pdf
122 KB
Further Reading
Day 13
Life Happens
Further Reading
Day 14
Your Second Writing Prompt
Day 14 - Week Two Lessons Review.pdf
118 KB
Day 15
Follow a Writing GPS
Day 15 - Follow A Writing GPS Lesson.pdf
75.6 KB
Day 15 - Follow A Writing GPS Extended.pdf
113 KB
Further Reading
Day 16
Amateurs vs Professionals
Day 16 - Amateurs vs Professionals Lesson.pdf
135 KB
Further Reading
Day 17
The Knight's Tale
Day 17 - The Knights Tale Lesson.pdf
91.1 KB
Day 17 - The Knights Tale Extended.pdf
110 KB
Further Reading
Day 18
Dancing Lessons
Day 18 - Dancing Lessons Lesson.pdf
154 KB
Further Reading
Day 19
Harlem Hopscotch
Day 19 - Harlem Hopscotch Lesson.pdf
97.5 KB
Further Reading
Day 20
Finding Your People
Week Three - Quote and Further Reading
Day 21
Your Third Writing Prompt
Day 21 - Week Three Lessons Review.pdf
123 KB
Day 22
The Organon
Day 22 - The Organon Lesson.pdf
121 KB
Further Reading
Day 23
Two Cities
Further Reading
Day 23 - Two Cities Lesson.pdf
129 KB
Day 23 - Two Cities Extended.pdf
144 KB
Day 24
First Drafts
Further Reading
Day 24 - First Drafts Lesson.pdf
110 KB
Day 24 - First Drafts Extended.pdf
118 KB
Day 25
The Circle
Day 25 - The Circle [Lesson].pdf
100 KB
Day 25 - The Circle [Extended].pdf
109 KB
Further Reading
Day 26
Love, Anger, Madness
Day 26 - Love, Anger, Madness [Lesson].pdf
106 KB
Further Reading
Day 27
Seek Inspiration Elsewhere
Further Reading
Day 28
Your Fourth Writing Prompt
Day 28 - Week Four Lessons Review.pdf
116 KB
Day 29
Moby Dick
Day 29 - Moby Dick [Lesson].pdf
96.6 KB
Further Reading
Day 30
Dungeons & Dragons
Day 30 - D&D [Lesson].pdf
270 KB
Further Reading
Day 31
Rosie
Day 31 - Rosie [Lesson].pdf
96.1 KB
Further Reading
Day 32
Meet Jimmy
Day 32 - Meet Jimmy [Lesson].pdf
130 KB
Further Reading
Day 33
Brilliant Friend
Day 33 - Brilliant Friend [Lesson].pdf
91.2 KB
Further Reading
Day 34
Cat Naps
Further Reading
Day 35
Your Fifth Writing Prompt
Day 35 - Fifth Week Lessons Review [Lesson].pdf
115 KB
Day 36
My Antonia
Day 36 - My Antonia [Lesson].pdf
91.8 KB
Further Reading
Day 37
Road
Day 37 - On the Road [Lesson].pdf
86.5 KB
Further Reading
Day 38
Damn Fine Story
Day 38 - Damn Fine Story [Lesson].pdf
123 KB
Further Reading
Day 39
Wide Sargasso Sea
Day 39 - Wide Sargasso Sea [Lesson].pdf
87.5 KB
Further Reading
Day 40
Fahrenheit 451
Day 40 - Fahrenheit 451 [Lesson].pdf
92.3 KB
Further Reading
Day 41
The Sedentary Silent Killer
Further Reading
Day 42
Your Sixth Writing Prompt
Day 42 - Sixth Week Lessons Review [Lesson].pdf
114 KB
Day 43
War & Peace
Day 43 - War & Peace [Lesson].pdf
87.7 KB
Further Reading
Day 44
Read All About It
Day 44 - Read All About It [Lesson].pdf
118 KB
Further Reading
Day 45
Solitude
Day 45 - 100 Years of Solitude [Lesson].pdf
93.9 KB
Day 45 - 100 Years of Solitude [Extended].pdf
111 KB
Further Reading
Day 46
Rules of Storytelling
Day 46 - Rules of Story [Lesson].pdf
110 KB
Further Reading
Day 47
English "B"
Day 47 - English _B_ [Lesson].pdf
84.3 KB
Further Reading
Day 48
Treat Yo' Self
Further Reading
Day 49
Your Seventh Writing Prompt
Day 49 - Seventh Week Lessons Review [Lesson].pdf
123 KB
Day 50
Old Man
Day 50 - Old Man [Lesson].pdf
92.6 KB
Day 50 - Old Man [Extended].pdf
107 KB
Further Reading
Day 51
De Oratore
Day 51 - De Oratore [Lesson].pdf
105 KB
Further Reading
Day 52
Song of Solomon
Day 52 - Song of Solomon [Lesson].pdf
106 KB
Further Reading
Day 53
Subtle Art
Day 53 - Subtle Art [Lesson].pdf
161 KB
Further Reading
Day 54
As It Lays
Day 54 - As It Lays [Lesson].pdf
107 KB
Further Reading
Day 55
Rest Day - Are You Kidding Me?
Further Reading
Day 56
Your Final Writing Prompt
Day 56 - Your Final Writing Prompt [Lesson].pdf
112 KB

FAQs

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

There’s no way I can set aside time every day to do this.

I bet that is what you say about your own writing as well; I know I do. Carving out 60 minutes daily to do this practice is a fantastic way to build a writing habit without having to struggle for something to say.

Do I have to hand write it?

There are but a few tasks in life that you HAVE to do (breathing and eating your Mom’s or significant other’s cooking come to mind). But so many studies have shown that you’ll get a more cognitive experience writing by hand. In other words, it will improve your brain and your writing.

Do I have to do the WHOLE thing?

Please note the “Have To” conversation above. The longer you work at this, the more good writing will become second nature for you and you’ll continue to grow. Gotta put in the time though.

Will there be (Classical, Fiction, Blog Posts, Insert Writing Genre Here) excerpts? I hate reading that stuff.

The writing excerpts will come from all kinds of genres, because you never know what you might end up learning. Or liking. I spent half my life thinking I hated onions. But saute or caramelize them, and they’re delicious!

What happens if I fall behind?

Then you catch up. Do a double dose one day. Bang out a few on the train. Eat your cereal with one hand and jot down words with the other.

How long will the excerpts be?

Most excerpts will be under 1000 words. No more listicle posts for you!

Do I have to read the additional stuff?

What is it with all the “Have To’s” around here? This isn’t English 170; there will be no grades at the end. The additional resources are just that … additional. You will learn a TON from the daily prompts alone, but if you want to learn more, these resources have you covered.

What is a writing master class?

This course was originally called a Writing Masters Class because you’re learning from lots of masters, not just one. Per the all-knowing power that is Wikipedia, “A master class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—usually music, but also painting, drama, any of the arts, or on any other occasion where skills are being developed.”

Won’t I lose my unique voice/writing style?

Did you totally lose your sense of self the first time you traveled somewhere? Was Michael Jordan less of a standout athlete because he watched game tapes? Did you not make that dinner/desk/decoupaged planter because you got the idea off Pinterest? We all learn by doing, and part of that is seeking guidance from those who are better at something than we currently are. You’ll learn to appreciate the different nuances of these writers, and eventually adapt them to your own.

How do you reprint excerpts and essays from writers and authors?

We have selected excerpts from various works of literature and non-fiction books, and reprinted them under the Fair Use doctrine (meaning we only selected a small portion of the complete work.) Essays and articles are either available in the public domain, or we have requested special permission to share. If you are the writer, creator, or publisher of a piece of content contained in this course and you would like us to remove it, please let us know (hi@craftyourcontent.com) and we will remove it immediately. Please know, we selected it in the first place because we felt it was a piece of masterful writing, and we would like you to know that above anything else.

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