Novel Writing: Viewpoint, Voice and Tense
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Novel Writing: Viewpoint, Voice and Tense

Create the Very Best Narrator to Tell Your Story
4.5 (34 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.
377 students enrolled
Created by Steve Alcorn
Last updated 2/2017
English
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This course includes
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Choose the right viewpoint to control your readers' experience
  • Select a voice that conveys the mood of your story and the character of your protagonist
  • Apply a tense that keeps things natural yet exciting
  • Create a vivid setting, step-by-step
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 helps you understand three topics that are often confusing:

  • Choose the right viewpoint to control your readers' experience
  • Select a voice that conveys the mood of your story and the character of your protagonist
  • Apply a tense that keeps things natural yet exciting
  • Create a vivid setting, step-by-step

By using these techniques together you'll tell your story in the most effective way.

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 8 lectures 39:53
+ Viewpoint
4 lectures 13:53

Here's what to expect in the class.

Preview 01:46

It may seem easy to write from an all-knowing viewpoint, but it can also be dangerous. Find out why.

Preview 04:45

This popular viewpoint lets you tell a story from one or perhaps several viewpoints.

Preview 03:51

This, the most intimate of viewpoints, provides a way to indelibly connect your reader to your protagonist.

First Person
03:31
+ Voice and Tense
2 lectures 14:26

This lesson makes what is sometimes a slippery topic easy to grasp.

Voice
07:28

This final choice is mostly a matter of personal taste. Past or present: which will you choose?

Tense
06:58
+ Settings
2 lectures 11:34

This lesson will introduce you to an easy, step-by-step technique to bring your settings to life.

Create a Vivid Setting
11:06

With your viewpoint and tense choices determined, you're ready to explore the dialogue your characters will speak.

Next Steps
00:28