Start Here Guide


You’ve taken a brave step in your writing career by joining my Writers Guild. You know, few people take the initiative to learn from someone who’s been where they want to be—which is one reason few ever succeed.

But by saying Yes to this program, you’ve elevated yourself to a different level. You’ve committed to learning proven techniques that can make you a better writer than you ever dreamed.

And I’m committed to making the Guild one of the best investments you’ve ever made in yourself. My promise? To work as hard as you do.

While you’re immersing yourself in all the features we offer, every day I’ll strive to add more and more benefits to your membership. I want joining the Writers Guild to be among the best decisions of your life.

I hope you’re excited to be here and eager to dive in, because I’m thrilled to have you!

Now, the video at the top of this page shows how to access your Guild training sessions and courses. Watch it as many times as you’d like till you’re familiar with how to get around on this site.

Your First (and Most Important) Assignment

After decades of coaching writers, one thing has become crystal clear to me. There’s a major  difference between writers who succeed and those who fail:

Successful writers carve out time to write. They don’t expect to find the time—they know they have to make it. No hoping for free time slots here and there.

So here’s your first assignment:

Schedule a block of time—at least three hours per week—to write.

Committing to those hours are crucial to finishing your book.


I’ve been in the writing and publishing world long enough to know this about success: Those who make time to write, and stick to it, position themselves to succeed. Those who don’t, fail. It’s that simple.

You may have had a writing dream for a long time and you signed up fully committed to writing a book. You have the best intentions. But by now you’ve also learned that intentions don’t make things happen. Dreamers dream. Writers write. The only way to write a book is with seat in chair.

So, commit to your writing time, then tell me your new schedule in this Forum thread. Remember, the video guide above walks you through how to use the Forum.

Of course, you might eventually increase your writing hours per week, as you gain experience and confidence. But announcing your initial commitment in the Forum will motivate you to remain accountable.

Something special happens when we make public our goals.

Your next assignment:

We’ve put together a series of guides to the top seven things you should do first as a member of the Guild, based on where you are in your writing journey.

  • Overwhelmed by the thought of starting your book?
  • Stuck in the middle, worried it’s not good enough?
  • Finished, but now facing the challenge of shopping it to publishers?

Find the guide that best matches your needs, and it’ll kickstart your experience. You’ll find helpful shortcuts to the training best for you.

Choose one of these courses to get your specialized Guild curriculum:

Whichever you choose, finishing the seven things listed will help you establish a powerful foundation on which to start building your writing life.

Be assured that any time you have a question about anything in the Guild or about navigating the site, you can ask my team in the Support forum thread here.

Your writing journey is as big a deal to me as it is to you. I really want to see you learn and grow and succeed. I believe you joined us because you have something important to say, so trust your message, lock in your schedule, and let’s get to it.

I’ll be with you every step of the way.


P.S.  I want you to take advantage of me as a resource, so get my attention in the Forum by typing @JerryJenkins in your message. I'll respond as soon as I'm able.