If you’re a first time author, utilizing a writer’s workshop can be very beneficial if you wish to have success selling ebooks online.  It provides an organized way of going through the writing process, helps in deciding what to write about, and provides direction on how far to take each piece. ChatEbooks lists down workshop activities that can help a writer immerse into the writing process.

Organization is Key

Writer’s workshops offer activities that help develop one’s writing skills. However, you should hone your organization skills first. This will give you a good foundation for becoming a successful author. Good organization skills can save you time and effort in the writing and self-publishing process.  Organization pointers may include using a writing folder for storing all of your work. These sections can be divided into drafts, works that are to be published, prewrites, record keeping, topic lists, etc.


Brainstorming is another activity that is essential for a first time author at a writer’s workshop. It can be applied to a variety of written work such as letters, articles, poems, narratives, etc. It gives writers an opportunity to allow random thoughts to stir up inspiration that ultimately provide direction.  For instance, an aspiring novelist will be required to share ideas on how he envisions the story he wants. Including the theme, narrative and wording, setting and the characteristics of each individual character in the book.

Creative Writing

After brainstorming comes creative writing. They are given exercises such as:

  • Characterization: Readers won’t care about characters unless they are believable. Writers will learn how to develop characters (with backstories, strengths and weaknesses, gestures, quirks, etc.) that feel like real people.
  • Dialogue: Dialogue needs to have some form of tension to hold a reader’s interest. Writers will learn how to come up with something unique to each person’s style of speaking. This is true especially for developing persuasive or argumentative dialogue.
  • Setting: A poorly established setting is unclear or confusing to readers. Writers must make sure that readers know the time and place in which the story takes place.
  • Plot: A well-structured story makes the story easier to execute. Writers will learn how to figure out angles and develop proper pacing, climax and ending.

First Draft

Note the word “first” – your first draft isn’t about writing something publishable.  It’s only one part of the writing process so you should give yourself permission to make mistakes.  Your first draft is all about piecing together the details of the story. All of the skills learned in the creative writing phase –characterization, writing persuasive dialogues, visualizing the setting and plot twisting – should ease you through this process of creating a decent draft.


Next come the revisions. These include adding to the work, replacing words or ideas in the work, and moving ideas, paragraphs, or sentences around. In this phase, writers pair up and make suggestions about each other’s writing. Through this practice, writers gain a better insight about their writing from an unbiased perspective. At the same time, gain ideas about how to make their work better. Next comes editing. Here, writers use a checklist so they can check off items after they have finished looking at a specific element. 

Having success writing ebooks online can be hard for a first time author. So if you’re a newbie, attending a writer’s workshop can work to your advantage.  By partaking writer’s workshops, first-time authors can gain the skills necessary to effectively write successful ebooks online.


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