I told you guys about my NaNoWriMo experience. I wrote the first draft of my first novel during NaNoWriMo in 2004. Once I knew that I could actually get through a first drat, that was it. I was hooked. I just needed to learn how to write well.
So, I started to study. I went to college and studied creative writing. I read (and really studied) every book on writing I could get my hands on. I found other writers to learn from.
I think that taking the time and the effort to learn is a major difference between someone who wants to be a writer and someone who really is one.
So, today, I’d like to encourage you to take a class.
I just put a free course up on Teachable that would be a good place to start. It’s a series of exercises that will help you plot Act I of your novel. (It’s a chunk of my course A Novel Idea.) You can also sign up for How to Develop + Test a Story Idea. (Also free.)
If you want to put some money into it, you can contact your local community college to see if they offer any community education writing courses. (You can also take one of my more advanced classes.)
Writing Groups in your area might offer one day workshops or have authors in to teach.