Write a Bestselling Novel in 15 Steps (Writing Mastery)
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Write a Bestselling Novel in 15 Steps (Writing Mastery)

Discover the secret storytelling code behind all successful novels and use it to outline, write, or revise your own
4.7 (1,814 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.
9,295 students enrolled
Created by Jessica Brody
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Plot an entire novel from start to finish (in 15 steps)
  • Understand what makes novels successful
  • Craft a compelling "novel road map" or outline for a new novel
  • Obtain a deeper understanding of plot and story structure
  • Develop an effective revision plan for an existing novel
  • Determine what's broken in an existing novel manuscript
  • Discover the secret storytelling code found in all great stories
  • Analyze successful movies and novels using the storytelling code
  • A notebook and pen/pencil or a computer/tablet
  • The desire to write or revise a novel!

Anyone can write a successful novel.

You just need to understand what makes a novel successful…  

Have you ever noticed that your favorite books and movies follow a similar pattern? Have you noticed that there’s something specific that happens about 25% of the way through the story that sends the story in a new direction? Or that huge plot twists tend to come right in the dead center of the story? Or that 75% of the way through there’s usually distinct “low point” or “rock bottom” where all seems lost for the main character?

If you have, then you’ve stumbled upon the secret storytelling code.

The secret storytelling code can be found in all great stories ever told. Movies, novels, novellas, plays, memoirs, short stories. Wherever there’s a narrative being told, the code is there, hidden beneath the surface.

This code (which inspired Blake Snyder’s famous Save the Cat! plotting method) is made up of 15 key story “beats,” or “plot points.”  The beats are markers along the path of the story that are used to track a character’s journey and ultimate transformation. And strung together, in the right order, these 15 beats make up a blueprint that anyone can follow to write a successful novel.

Since discovering these 15 key story beats and harnessing their immeasurable power, bestselling author and award-winning writing instructor, Jessica Brody has sold more than 17 novels to major publishers like Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan. Her novels have been translated and published in over 23 countries and two are even in development as major motions pictures. Also, Jessica is repeatedly hired by Disney Press to develop and write novels based on popular Disney properties like the Disney Princess and the Disney Descendants franchises.

Jessica Brody is a certified instructor of the Save the Cat! plotting method and, in the past five years, has taught thousands of novelists from around the world how to harness the power of the 15 key story.

Now, in this one-of-a-kind online master class on plot and story structure, Jessica Brody shares her profound knowledge on the topic of novel writing and expertly guides writers (new and seasoned alike!) through the elements of plot, story structure, and character transformation, and ultimately helps them discover the secrets to what makes a novel really resonate with readers.

"This course is a must for anyone trying to write an amazing story." - CHLOE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Absolutely brilliant. So insightful..." -

"I now can see the weaknesses in my novel plots." -

Throughout this course, Jessica will:

  • Guide you step by step through the 15 key story beats that are found in all great stories ever told

  • Show you how the 15 key story beats form a novel blueprint (or road map) that any writer (of any level) can follow to craft their own successful novel

  • Analyze several examples (from both books and movies) of the 15 key story beats in action so you can firmly grasp the function and purpose of each beat and see how other successful writers have tackled them

  • Guide you through the process of brainstorming, crafting, and developing the 15 beats to outline, write, or revise your own bestseller


And by the end of this course you will have a complete “novel road map” (or outline) for a novel that you could begin working on immediately.

Or if you’re already working on a novel and need help structuring it or revising it, by the end of this course, you will have a full revision plan ready to go.

Check out the free preview lectures for a look at what to expect from this course, how this course is structured, and a free overview of the 15 key story beats that will be explored at length in this course.

Enroll now to get started on plotting, writing, or revising your bestselling novel today!


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Just, WOW! Jessica Brody provides much more than a boatload... try a cruise ship FULL of tips, tricks, resources, references, and actionable steps in making your dream of becoming a published author a realistic goal " - TRACY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Thorough, accurate, and well-presented --I would recommend Jessica Brody’s courses to any writer eager to rise." - MARK, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody breaks down these concepts with clarity and amazing insight."  - MIKE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody's courses are all thorough, entertaining, and extremely helpful." - TRICIA, UDEMY STUDENT

"As always, Jessica Brody delivers an insider's knowledge and the tools to move forward in the process, now!" - SUE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Very informative and well worth the time and cost. Jessica has shown me some new ways to approach my storytelling and how to make sure I am telling the best tale I can." - NOEL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Clear, concise, & well-narrated with an abundance of enthusiasm." - CHRISTOPHER, UDEMY STUDENT

"This course is worth far more than the price of admission!" - TALMAGE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody nails all the elements in this course. The exercises are brilliant and very helpful. Thank you for such a great course!" - KIMBERLEY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody has a gift for distilling lots of hard-earned information into concise and tasty bites. - KATHERINE, UDEMY STUDENT

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"I have learned so much information that has helped me in the writing process." - CHRISTY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Good pacing, great tools, wonderful ideas... loving this course!" - REGINA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Love the videos. Very easy to understand and lots of great tips!" - LISA, UDEMY STUDENT




Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in writing a novel
  • Writers interested in learning more about plot or story structure
  • Writers looking for inspiration for their novel
  • Writers who need help revising their novel
  • Writers who need help outlining their novel
  • Writers who are stuck on a certain part of their novel
Course content
Expand all 54 lectures 03:39:37
+ Introduction
5 lectures 28:25

An introduction to this course and what you'll learn

Preview 04:24

A background about why I created this course and how it can benefit you

Preview 07:47

An overview of the 15 key story beats of the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet (aka the "novel road map")

Preview 08:52

An overview of how this course is structured and how you can get the most out of it.

How this Course Works
Where to Get Help
+ Step 1: Opening Image
4 lectures 23:59
Opening Image - Explanation
Opening Image - Examples
Opening Image - Exercise
+ Step 2: Setup
3 lectures 08:39
Setup - Explanation
Setup - Examples
Setup - Exercise
+ Step 3: Theme Stated
3 lectures 12:08
Theme Stated - Explanation
Theme Stated - Examples
Theme Stated - Exercise
+ Step 4: Catalyst
3 lectures 07:56
Catalyst - Explanation
Catalyst - Examples
Catalyst - Exercise
+ Step 5: Debate
3 lectures 07:56
Debate - Explanation
Debate - Examples
Debate - Exercise
+ Step 6: Break into 2
3 lectures 12:00
Break Into 2 - Explanation
Break Into 2 - Examples
Break Into 2 - Exercise
+ Step 7: B Story
3 lectures 12:24
B Story - Explanation
B Story - Examples
B Story - Exercise
+ Step 8: Fun & Games
3 lectures 13:44
Fun & Games - Explanation
Fun & Games - Examples
Fun & Games - Exercise
+ Step 9: Midpoint
3 lectures 19:12
Midpoint - Explanation
Midpoint - Examples
Midpoint - Exercise