The No-Excuse Zone

The Writer's Guide to Productivity in the Real World

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Launches February 6

Writers set goals for their writing all the time, but how many of us keep those goals? Not many. When we don't, we make excuses. The excuses let us "off the hook" emotionally, but do nothing to get the work done.


Excuses do not help you meet your goals. However, beating yourself up about failing to meet those goals, doesn't either. Effective planning and problem solving will. However, that planning must be based on reality and not just dreams. Writers often fail to meet goals because they don't base their planning in reality. Zeal and determination are not enough to accomplish everything. You also have to consider your own lifestyle.

I understand. I was there. I was making wonderful goals, specific goals, words-per-day goals, then life would interfere. Illness, work, family responsibilities, and so on. These were all legitimate excuses. And most of those events could not have been avoided. However, it finally struck me. They might have been unavoidable, but they were not totally unexpected either. Was it likely I would go through a year without being laid low by illness? With my health? Hardly. Was it unlikely I would have extra duties at work? Of course, not. So, why did they take me by surprise? Why didn't I plan for them? I don't know, but I didn't. So, I changed my approach. I began planning for the "unexpected." The next year, I tripled my writing output. In this course you will learn how I did it, and how you can do the same.

Most planning courses for writers drive the writer to create writing goals and schedules as if the author had no life other than writing. They give you a plan and expect you to fit your life in around your writing. Reality-Based Planning is different. RBP begins by taking a deep look at your current lifestyle. Your obligations on the job, at home and in the community and finding ways to create a writing schedule which requires no excuses because it is based in a courageous look at your day-to-day life.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Excuses: The Poison Pill of Success
  • Of Tortoises, Hares and Writers
  • The Myth of the Unexpected
  • Time Based Planning
  • The Gift of Sacrifice
  • The Power of "No"
  • Perfectionism Paralysis
  • Reality Based Deadlines

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith of Top Cat's Alley writes:

"Main will not allow you any rocks to hide under, as the course title suggests. It's tough-talking, realistic and practical, and it will step you through creating a work plan that will see you achieving your goals like a Viking."

Your Instructor

Terri L. Main
Terri L. Main

Terri Main has written and published most types of literature including novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction books, magazine articles, stage plays, video scripts, and radio drama. She has published more than 60 books. She has also taught writing and communication studies for more than 30 years. She can do, but she also can teach.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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