Novel Writing: Conflict, Suspense and Mystery
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Novel Writing: Conflict, Suspense and Mystery

Powerful Plot Techniques to Energize Your Fiction
4.4 (36 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
395 students enrolled
Created by Steve Alcorn
Last updated 2/2017
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use Conflict to drive your plot
  • Add Suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seat
  • Create some Mystery to make it hard to put your book down
  • Control the pacing of your novel to keep it both exciting and emotional
Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites
  • All you need to benefit from this course is a desire to write great fiction!
Description

Have you started a novel only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional Novel Writing?

In this lively and fun course Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. You'll learn how to write a novel step by step.

During the past two decades, Steve Alcorn has helped more than 20,000 students structure their novels, and many of them are now in print. Steve's courses are rated an average of 5 out of 5 stars.

This course is about the plot elements that will propel your readers through your story, including:

  • Use Conflict to drive your plot
  • Add Suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seat
  • Create some Mystery to make it hard to put your book down
  • Control the pacing of your novel to keep it both exciting and emotional

Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life, Steve Alcorn's novel writing courses will show you how to succeed!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is perfect for beginning or experienced writers
  • These techniques apply to novels, short stories and screenplays
Course content
Expand all 7 lectures 48:07
+ Plotting
4 lectures 22:28

Here's what to expect in the course.

Preview 01:34

Conflict, whether external or internal, is what drives fiction

Preview 06:06

Adding suspense will keep your readers on the edge of their seats

Preview 09:55

Create stories questions to draw your readers in, and propel them from start to finish

Mystery
04:53
+ Pacing
3 lectures 25:39

Scene and Sequel is the key to balancing plot and story—the physical and emotional. It's also the tool you'll use to control pacing. (This lecture is from my course on story structuring, but I've included it here, too, because it's important background for the pacing lesson that follows.)

Scene and Sequel
18:42

Your entire novel shouldn't be one long car chase, nor should it be entirely reflection. You need to mix it up to excite readers, and then engage them. This lesson shows you how.

Controlling Pacing
06:29

With these tools your plot will quickly take shape as you write your manuscript. Next it's time to make decisions about viewpoint and tense.

Next Steps
00:28