30 Days to a Stronger Novel

Take your novel from good to great in 5 minutes a day for 30 days. Inspiration, tips and practical writing ideas.
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Congratulations! You've written a novel. Now what?

It's time to make it the novel of your dreams.

Join writer and writing teacher Darcy Pattison on a one-month journey, an easy and effective path toward a stronger novel.

30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL

Each day features:

  • a short video to introduce the day's topic
  • an inspirational quote
  • a Walk-the-Talk writing assignment

You will receive the entire text of the book, 30 Days to a Stronger Novel

Write smart with a simple focus for each day's writing. We cover both small and large details: titles, subtitles, openings, closings, setting, characterization, plot and much more. By breaking the revision into small tasks, it becomes manageable--and fun.

You'll receive the entire text of Darcy Pattison's book, 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL. Daily videos or lectures highlight a daily task. Quotes from other writers will inspire, challenge, provoke and make you laugh.

If you participated in NaNoWriMo, you wrote your novel in 30 days flat. Now, take another 30 days to revise.

What are the requirements?

  • A draft of a novel, however you define novel and however you define draft. Whatever you starting point, you'll move forward.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Revise and improve your novel in just 30 days by following 5-minute tips and writing tasks.
  • Jump start the possibilities that your novel will be successfully published.
  • Begin new writing projects with improved writing skills.

What is the target audience?

  • Novelists of any level. Beginners welcome.
  • Do you have a draft of a novel? You qualify!
  • The course takes you where you are and helps you strengthen the novel.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Congratulations on Your Novel! Let's Make it Stronger.
1 page

Welcome to our 30-Day Adventure. This brief intro sets up the way we'll be working together this month. Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. You'll read one chapter a day to go along with the videos.

Section 2: 30 Daily Lessons
03:41

After this explanation of why "The World's Room" became "A Farewell to Arms," (Ernest Hemingway's hit novel) you'll try out various titles to help your novel resonate with readers.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 1 for today.

03:23

When do you start selling your novel to readers? The first draft of your novel is to figure out what story you want to tell. The function of every draft after that is to help you find the most dramatic way to tell that story? Your focus switches from you as storyteller to the audience. Help sell your novel with subtitles that make it discoverable in search engines.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 2 for today.

03:23

Have you ever put down a story because you needed to eat supper? Thousands of things interrupt your reading. Decide how and where to break your story into chapters so you keep the readers reading.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 3 for today.

04:08

Would Pansy O'Hara have done half of what Scarlett O'Hara did? No way! It's crucial that you name your characters right. Revise your characterization to set up the character qualities that keep readers turning the pages of your novel.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 4 for today.

05:08

Setting creates mood, adds emotional layers and determines action. Deepen your story by deepening your setting.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 5 for today.

3 pages

To put your reader in the middle of your story, choose the right details. Sensory details--what you see, hear, touch, taste and feel--make a story come to life. This is the basic exercise for fiction writers. Master this and you're on your way toward a stronger novel.

05:37

Yes, it's time. Kill your darlings!

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 7 for today.

04:42

Strong stories have strong emotions that strongly affect readers. Check each of your scenes for emotional content.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 8 for today.

03:59

Strengthen your novel by connecting the emotional journey with the outer actions.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 9 for today.

04:45

Create interest by giving each character a unique way of speaking and expressing himself or herself.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 10 for today.

03:15

A strong character description combines physical details with an attitude.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 11 for today.

05:05

Friends or enemies? Your characterization should be consistent enough that we know if characters are friends or enemies.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 12 for today.

04:19

Do you start your stories too early or too late? The key is to compensate.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 13 for today.

04:50

When you tell a story, you must leave out some scenes--and you can probably cut more than you think. Fast-paced scene cuts speed up the pacing and keep the readers turning pages.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 14 for today.

02:09

Go away for a day. Or a month. Or even a year. You'll come back with fresh eyes that see exactly what needs to be done to make this a blockbuster novel.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 15 for today.

2 pages

Learn to deal with the dreaded sagging middle!

2 pages

Angel ending? No! You must set up character growth so that it's believable.

05:56

Did you cry as you wrote your climax scene? Good! Your reader should be emotionally affected by the climax of the novel.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 18 for today.

03:47

Play fair. Answer character questions that you set up in the story.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 19 for today.

04:42

The plot is what the story is doing; the theme is what the story is about. How do you make these work together?

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 20 for today.

05:00

Theme dictates WHERE the story should take place.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 21 for today.

03:13

Theme dictates WHO the story is about.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 22 for today.

03:42

Novels are a long form of storytelling that allows for tangents. Use the space to do it right!

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 23 for today.

03:51

Your novel needs a couple subplots and you need to make sure they are interwoven.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 24 for today.

04:21

Grammar witches, I love you! Learn about three other types of critiquers and then so searching for the type you need the most.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 25 for today.

05:23

Critiquers need to give you feedback about three things. Learn what they are.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 26 for today.

02:11

Novels are a long-term project. Encouragement to keep on keeping on!

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 27 for today.

02:46

What are your standards of excellence for your novel? Use your standards to determine your next step.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 28 for today.

02:38

At the end of the revision process, let this be your mantra: At this moment in time, this is the best story I know how to tell.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 29 for today.

03:40

Revision done? Great. Send it out. And start the next novel.

Be sure to download the entire 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL ebook below in Lecture 32. Read chapter 30 for today.

Congratulations! Your novel should be much stronger than 30 days ago. Be sure to send me your good news!

Section 3: Download the Book
122 pages
Download the pdf version of 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL. This is provided as part of the course. This book is copyright protected, all rights reserved.

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Instructor Biography

Darcy Pattison, Writing Teacher, Author, Blogger

Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House publisher, Darcy Pattison has recently been motivated by zombies (which helped her meet a goal of running a 5K) and chocolate (which keeps her marriage young). Always active, before her tenth birthday, she (almost) climbed the Continental Divide, turning back at the last 20 yards because it was too steep and great climbing shoes hadn’t been invented yet. Last year, she biked in Poland and hiked the Rockies. On her bucket list is kayaking the Napali Coast, eating curry in Bombay, and catching a glimpse of a puma in South America.

In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she has taught across the nation. Passionate authors at those retreats taught Darcy the power of story, and how an author’s passion can carry a career. Author of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, her bio was twice rejected by Wikipedia because she failed to meet their standards of “Notability.” Let it be noted, however, that the bio was resubmitted, this time with proper references as to her Notability, and accepted.

Translated into 8 languages, Darcy has written about writing for many industry periodicals. Darcy served as Arkansas Regional Advisor for the SCBWI from 1991-96. In 1999, Darcy created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she teaches nationwide. A member of the Author’s Guild, she’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award for Individual Artist.

BOOKS BY DARCY PATTISON
  • The Aliens, Inc. Series
  • Book 1: Kell, the Alien
  • Book 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade
  • Book 3: Kell and the Giants
  • Book 4: Kell and the Detectives
  • Other Books by Darcy Pattison
    • Longing for Normal
    • I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay
    • I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay
    • Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale
    • The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargyole
    • Vagabonds
    • Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma:
    • Wisdom, the Midway Albatross:
    • The Scary Slopes
    • Prairie Storms
    • Desert Baths
    • 19 Girls and Me
    • Searching for Oliver K. Woodman
    • The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman
    • The River Dragon
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