Margie Lawson

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Concept to Completion in 28 Days Flat

Follow the lead of writing rockstars like J.K. Rowling, E.L. Stein, and John Grisham as bestselling author, Julie Anne Lindsey, walks you through the creation of an outline that will move your story from concept to completion in 28 days flat.  

What You Will Learn:

  • Maximize your writing time
  • Avoiding plot holes & other pitfalls
  • Work now so you can write later
  • Get that story out of your head and onto shelves

Who should take this class?

  • Writers struggling to finish their first novel
  • Experienced authors who want to increase productivity
  • Writers dreaming of a series rapid launch
  • Writers stuck in their story’s murky middle with no idea how to get out
  • Anyone struggling to make the most of their writing time
  • Everyone who’s ready to move their manuscript from concept to completion in 28 days

Lesson Plan:

I. Lesson One: What is an Outline?

  • What outlines are not
  • Why I outline (and maybe you should too)
  • How outlines will change your writing life for the better. Immediately.

II. Setting Up the Basics

  • Creating Good Bones
  • Defining Chapters
  • Headers as Reminders
  • Timeline & Template Cues

III. Let’s Put Some Meat on Those bones!

  • Adding plot points
    • Personal Goals
    • Side Quests
  • Adding characters
    • Personalities
    • Appearances
    • Dynamics
    • Careers
    • Family & Community Involvement

IV. Adding the Details

  • Setting & Resetting the Scenes
  • Including the Senses in every scene
  • Bringing the background to the forefront

V. All Those Pesky Extras

  • Red Herrings
  • Romance Elements
  • Foreshadowing

VI. Add Color

  • Create a Quick Reference
  • Visual tool

VII. Wrap Up

  • You’ve Finished your outline
  • You’re ready to write that novel in 28 writing days
  • And get started on the next!


Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than fifty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. She is represented by Erin Niumata at Folio Lit and is the 2020 Golden Quill Award Winner for Series Romance, a double finalist (and winner) of the 2020 National Readers Choice Award for Romance Adventure, the 2019 Winner of the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery & Suspense, the 2019 Stiletto Award for Romantic Suspense and the 2019 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for romantic suspense. When Julie's not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Learn more about Julie at 




Outlining 101

October 6, 2022

Julie illustrates the benefits of using an outline to map out your book. A framework which can be used to pull together all your ideas and pieces to then see where and what is missing. This class helped teach me how to hammer out all the minutiae in the outline, so the “heavy lifting” will already be done when I sit down to write the book. As someone who works full-time, using Julie’s tools will save me enormous amounts of time and frustration.

Lisa C.

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