Ready to write a book but don't know where to start or how to find the time?

Write Your First Draft is your step-by-step guide to finishing your manuscript!

The program consists of 6 main modules and I, Alex Benkast, will walk you through each lesson.

I will show you:
  • how to stay motivated and on track throughout the writing and editing process
  • how to identify your ideal reader, how to attract them, and why it’s important to start now
  • how to find ideas, and how to capture, organize, and structure them
  • plus everything you need to know to help you through your first draft, including how to prepare for and overcome common obstacles

This course also includes plenty of scribe sheets (your action items), templates, tutorials, and other resources designed to help you make the most of what you’ve learned in each module. As a special bonus, I’ll be answering your questions once a week in an exclusive Goodreads group where you’re welcome to share, discuss, and celebrate your progress with other aspiring authors (and potential beta readers).

I'm also adding 3 extra bonus sections to show you how to build your readership, what you need to know about self-publishing (to help you decide if you want to go that route), and how to build an author website in a day.

Writing your first draft is a challenging but exciting journey, and I’m happy to support you every step of the way. See you on the inside!
—Alex

For a limited time only

PRE-LAUNCH DISCOUNT

$197

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Course Curriculum

  • MODULE 1:
    Getting into the right headspace


    LESSON 1
    Identifying your why + how to develop a growth mindset

    LESSON 2
    Choosing the right format

    LESSON 3
    Identifying your self-sabotage + how to handle obstacles when they arise

    LESSON 4
    How to build your confidence as a writer

  • MODULE 2:
    Identifying your ideal reader


    LESSON 1
    Finding out what makes your readers tick, where they hang out + why being specific matters

    LESSON 2
    Market research

    LESSON 3
    Early feedback

  • MODULE 3:
    How to find + capture your ideas


    LESSON 1
    Setting yourself up for success with the right environment and tools

    LESSON 2
    What to do when you have too few or too many ideas

    LESSON 3
    To outline or not to outline?

    LESSON 4
    Choosing the right platform

    LESSON 5
    Inspiration board tutorial

  • MODULE 4:
    How to organize + structure your ideas


    LESSON 1
    The book mind map

    LESSON 2
    The post-it method

    LESSON 3
    The project management method

    LESSON 4
    Creating your synopsis or summary

    LESSON 5
    Basic structures for fiction and nonfiction writers

  • MODULE 5:
    Writing your first draft


    LESSON 1
    Deadline setting, accountability + the 12 week challenge

    LESSON 2
    Research + tools

    LESSON 3
    The right starting point / first sentences

    LESSON 4
    Rules for writing your first draft

  • MODULE 6:
    Overcoming common obstacles


    LESSON 1
    Focus, time management + getting organized

    LESSON 2
    Procrastination

    LESSON 3
    The marathon of the middle

    LESSON 4
    Dealing with criticism, including your own

Bonus Modules + Support

  • Audience building (my biggest mistakes and how you can avoid them)

  • Self-publishing 101 (to help you decide the right route for you)

  • How to build an author website in a day

  • Exclusive Goodreads group to share, discuss, and celebrate your progress

About Alex

Amplifying diverse voices
since 1995

Hi, I'm Alex. I've been a published indie author, educator, and mentor since 2017. I love every aspect of my craft and have made it my mission to help aspiring authors from marginalized groups and diverse backgrounds write the book they’ve always wanted to write. Being the rebel child that I am and having lived in multicultural environments all my life, I've been a human rights activist since I was ten years old. It's also why I write romance novels that challenge the status quo.
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Scheduled to launch March 6, 2020!

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Testimonials + Endorsements

“I’ve had a great connection with Alex right from the start. She really listens to what you have to say and she’s honest and easy to talk to. She explains concepts clearly and with enthusiasm, is super organized, and has a gift for helping you uncover the answers within yourself.”

Sammy Day | Poet

“Working with Alex — was an extraordinary opportunity. She gave me a detailed plan to help me work through my resistance and to get organized.”

Leah Hall | Social Media Brand Strategist