Overcome the 7 Mistakes Writers Accidentally Make So You Can Finally Share Your God-Given Message with People Who Need It Now

I'm Holley Gerth, and I might know a little secret about you… 

Even with all the crazy things going on in the world, you still believe words can make a difference. You just sometimes doubt your words can make a difference. 

The truth? The world needs your words more than ever before. 

Maybe you’ve tried writing a few times, done some research, and confided your dreams to your always-supportive dog. But now you're running low on time, inspiration, or good coffee.  You might have even asked yourself, “Is something wrong with me? Am I too late? Should I bedazzle my computer and turn it into a paperweight?” 

Good News...

You can write with new clarity, courage, and confidence. Imagine getting a note from a reader that says, “your words changed my life,” breaking free from insecurity, and experiencing the excitement of finally sharing the messages God has entrusted to you. 

I'm Here to Help You!

I’ve made a living as a writer for over two decades (plenty of time to make mistakes I'll share with you). I know how it feels to battle insecurity, get overwhelmed, and question if God can use me.

But I also know what it's like to become a Wall Street Journal bestselling author and life coach who has sold over 500,000 nonfiction books. Other fun facts: I created 2,689 cards for DaySpring (a subsidiary of Hallmark), cofounded the popular site (in)courage, and make great guacamole.

What You'll Get

In the Be a Kick-Butt Writer by Friday! course, I’ll share the proprietary process I developed when I first started writing books. You can’t learn this process anywhere else, and it’s what my publisher said made me stand out from most writers. It's also the process I still use for every piece of writing I create.

This course will help you understand who you are as a writer, share tools and strategies so you’ll get work done, and give you a firm foundation to build on for years to come. 

It includes an exclusive workbook, video coaching, my favorite resources, and a bonus Q & A section that will give you more information than a writing conference. 

It's time to stop feeling stuck and start serving others in new ways with your words! 

Let’s do this thing.

What's in the Course?

Take a Look at Everything You'll Learn

  • 1

    Welcome! Start Here...

  • 2

    Mistake One: Starting with a Great Idea

    • Introduction: Your Why Matters

    • Video Coaching: Let's Talk About Your Why

    • Next Step: Discover Your Why

    • Final Thoughts: Live Your Why

    • Bonus Content: Simon Sinek - The Power of Why

  • 3

    Mistake Two: Misunderstanding the Two Types of Motivation

    • Introduction: Know Your Motivation

    • Video Coaching: What's Your Vision?

    • Next Step: What You Want to Get and Give

    • Final Thoughts: Keep Your Vision Clear

    • Next Step: Your Intrinsic Vision

  • 4

    Mistake Three: Thinking It's About Platform not People

    • Introduction: How Influence Has Changed

    • Video Coaching: Know Your Who

    • Bonus Content: Gamma Women Executive Summary

    • Next Step: Who's Your One Person?

    • Next Step: Know Your Role in Readers' Lives

  • 5

    Mistake Four: Getting Distracted from Deep Work

    • Overview: Why Deep Work Matters

    • Video Coaching: What Gets in the Way of Deep Work

    • Bonus Content: Guide to the Four Tendencies

    • Next Step: Your Writing Plan

  • 6

    Mistake Five: Fixating on One Format (Ex: Writing A Book)

    • Introduction: What's the Best Way to Reach People with Your Words?

    • Video Coaching: Shifting Your Perspective

    • Next Step: You're a Content Creator

    • Final Thoughts: Who's Right in Front of You Today?

  • 7

    Mistake Six: Listening to the Lies All Writers Hear

    • Introduction: The Lies We're Tempted to Believe

    • Video Coaching: Overcome the Lies

    • Next Step: Replace Your Signature Lies with Truth

    • Bonus Content: The Power of Vulnerability

    • Bonus Content: 5 Statements Keeping You from Your Best Work

  • 8

    Mistake Seven: Not Taking the Next Small, Intentional Step

    • Introduction: Keep Moving Forward

    • Video Coaching: The Do What You Can Plan

    • Next Step: Your Do What You Can Plan

    • Bonus Content: 9 Questions that Will Help You Say No Without Guilt

    • How to Apply this Course to Every Piece of Writing You Do

    • A Perspective to Help When Writing Feels Stressful

    • Final Thoughts: Beyond the Finish Line

  • 9

    Q & A (Optional)

    • Do You Offer Author Coaching?

    • Am I Ready to Write a Book? Is Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing the Best Path for Me?

    • What Do You Use for Editing? Do I Need a Professional Editor?

    • How Do I Write a Book Proposal and/or Get My Book Idea in Front of Publishers?

    • What If I've Started a Book Proposal and Now Feel Stuck?

    • How can I listen to my readers and do research?

    • What's a Style Guide and Do I Need One?

    • Do You Have Any Other Tools to Help Me Understand Who I Am as a Writer and Person?

    • What Do You Pray Over Your Writing?

    • What's YOUR Question?

  • 10

    Your Certificate of Completion

    • Congratulations!

    • Print Your Certificate

  • 11

    I Want to Hear from You

    • Final Survey

What Graduates Are Saying...

"Motivated me!"

Meg Brown

This course was SO helpful. It centered me by helping me narrow down what to focus on for now. I've done other courses in the past, but none have motivated me as much as this one!

"I feel more confident."

Samantha Tevino

I feel more confident in approaching writing as a medium to share a message. I am not as limited as I felt before. This course is key to building a foundation.

"This course is gold!"

Amy Vest Cox

This course is gold! Holley takes you by the hand and guides you through inspiring, practical, and word-directing wisdom that will help your words reach hearts and make a lasting impact on the lives of your readers.

Got Questions? Glad to Help!

  • How long does it take to finish the course?

    You can binge the course in a day or take as much time as you need. It's created to work for your schedule, and you'll have at least a year to complete it.

  • Is this course only for a certain kind of writing?

    Nope, any writer can benefit from the principles shared in this course. They're a foundation that every writer needs.

  • Is this course only for writers at a certain age or stage?

    This course is created for all ages and stages of writing, whether you're a teenager or celebrating your 100th birthday, just starting out or a seasoned pro.

  • Have you taught at professional writing conferences?

    Yes, I started teaching at writing conferences twenty years ago, and I know exactly what they offer. My goal in this course is to give you more than a conference in less time without spending thousands of dollars.

Your Writing Matters

Imagine years from now you're looking back over your life. What do you most want your written legacy to be? Maybe it's a book you can hold in your hands, stories for the people you love, or spiritual truth you've faithfully shared. 

Whatever it is, take the next step toward it today. Don't let fear win or the voice of doubt silence what's in your heart. Whether you feel like it yet or not, you are a writer who's here for such a time as this. And we need your words more than ever before.

I'm cheering you on!

- Holley

Be a Kick-Butt Writer

(Start now, finish at your own pace)


If you complete the course and it's not helpful for you, I'll give you your money back with no questions asked. I might even throw in a chocolate bar and a free puppy.