Finishing a Manuscript in 60 Days

"Learn how to write a first manuscript in 60 days using a method developed by Amazon bestselling author J. Thorn."
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (604 ratings)
16,399 students
1hr 57min of on-demand video
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Main Objective: Finish the first draft of a novel in 60 days using the best practices of project management. Additionally, students will be able to...
Write the manuscript using a customized workbook to keep track of plot, character and word count.
Identify genre-specific word count targets in order to determine optimal length for publication.
Utilize one of the seven basic story types to create a new novel.
Organize the manuscript into three acts.
Determine next steps in the publishing process, including editing, formatting and cover design.


  • Students must have a desire to write a novel.


You have a story inside and yet every day you stare at the keyboard, paralyzed and unsure of how to begin. You’ve tried to get your thoughts organized but you don’t have a strategy, and that leaves you feeling empty and defeated.

My name is J. Thorn and there was a time when I didn’t know where to begin either. It can be frustrating trying to organize your project. I know how hollow and helpless that feels because I've been there. I can teach you what you need to know in a way you'll understand, so you'll be able to finish that manuscript in 60 days and feel like a champion.

The hard truth is that to write a novel, you must write. No shortcuts or fancy software will do it for you. If you wanted to get in shape, you’d ask a trainer to teach you a workout. You’d want to learn the process from a professional so you could do it for yourself.

A little help with organization and you can do what you thought was impossible. I’ve written more than ten novels and I’m going to share my process with you, which means you’ll feel confident and ready to finish that manuscript.

Sure. You could search Google for the best way to write a novel. You'll get thousands, if not millions, of hits and most of them will contradict each other. Some will be written by people claiming to be authors, yet they've never written a single book. You'll waste countless hours and never get exactly what you need.

Or you can take my course and start writing that novel today. Right now.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is best suited for a student who has a passion for writing novels but struggles to write it due to a lack of organization or structure. This course is not about creative writing or book marketing although the new appendix is full of proven book marketing techniques and tips.


Author and Founder of The Author Life
J. Thorn
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 620 Reviews
  • 16,464 Students
  • 2 Courses

J. Thorn has published two million words and has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. He is an official member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

J. hosts the Writers, Ink podcast with J.D. Barker and Zach Bohannon, and has interviewed some of today's most successful authors including Matthew McConaughey, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Seth Godin, Joyce Carol Oates, Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Child, Stephen Pressfield, Chuck Palahniuk, and many more.

Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a husband, father, full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, founder of The Author Life Community, podcaster, FM radio DJ, musician, and owner of the Three Story Method Editing Agency.

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