This course is designed for new writers who want to write a novel, or experienced writers who are stuck. It is the best place to start your writing career. It will guide you through the process of writing a book from start to finish. You need nothing but your ideas in order to attend. You will end up writing a book Unlike many courses that take you through the theory of writing and plotting, this course is geared towards getting you going on your novel. By the end of the four weeks (or eight modules) you will be well on your way to writing your book. You will have the entire book plotted, you characters developed and your first few chapters written.
It’s a hard push to get you to engage with the dream of writing a book. But I also focus on getting you to write a publishable novel.
It is a challenge to act on your desire.
You do not need to have a book idea already in mind, by the end of the first week everyone will have a story. Together we will make it into a plot, then a book.
Learn how to write, edit and market your novel, structure and storytelling, character, plotting, advanced plotting and pace, how to construct scenes, best writing techniques, timelines and schedules, genre and finding your voice, preparing your manuscript, how to approach publishers, how to write your marketing material, new publishing models.
You will learn:
* How to Define and Create Your Most Compelling Book * The Elements of Structure * Finding Your Book Genre and Subgenre * Creating Plot, Place and Character Outlines for your Genre * Adding Plot Points and Structure * Beginnings, Middles and Ends * Developing Your Main Character * Developing Your Minor Characters * Developing Your Voice * Developing Point of View as a Plotting Technique * How to Improve your plotting, pace and structure * How to make your characters unforgettable * Adding Depth and Layers * Sourcing Tips and Techniques * How to Present Your Book to Publishers
All professional writers get asked the question 'Where do you get your ideas from?' We'll start off the course by trying to answer it. We'll look at: Recognising and developing ideas. An idea vs a plot; Reading as a writer, and getting into good writing habits; Defining your idea through titles and outlines, and the role of planning.
Module 2: Character
Creating convincing, realistic characters that readers are compelled to find out more about is at the heart of successful novel writing. We'll begin to build a character, looking at different ways you can approach this, what makes a successful character, how to develop your characters and begin to think about how character and plot interact - an issue that lies at the very heart of how to construct a compelling novel.
Module 3: Find your Genre
What book are you writing? What are the conventions and how do you plot a book that fits into a genre. This is the basis of modern publishing.
Module 4: The Basics of Plotting
How do you create a compelling plot that keeps readers turning the page? We'll start to think about what makes a story a story as opposed to a series of events, introduce you to the idea of archetypal plots, and look at the roles of pacing, hooks and conflict all play in story-telling.
Module 5: Structuring your Book
Once you know what your story is and who's in it, you need to start thinking about the best way to tell that story. Writing a novel means making a series of decisions about things like structure, point of view, genre, setting, time and place. We'll look at what the implications of these choices might be for your story.
Module 6: Beginnings, Middles and Ends
Let's move through all the big areas you need to cover with your hero and find a way to lead him or her on the journey. All the way to the end.
Module 7: Style
How do you write in a compelling way? We we will dialogue, your voice', description, how to draw a reader in, pace, timing and tension.
Module 8: Editing and Getting Published
How many drafts should you write? How do you know when something is 'ready'? Many writers say that getting to the end of the first draft is just the start - that's when the real work begins. From structural editing to polishing your prose, we'll go through the stages involved in editing your novel. We'll also aim to give you a brief overview of how publishing works, and what to do with your novel once you've written it.
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” —Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
What are men to rocks and mountains?” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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