Fiction Writing - Write, Polish and Publish Your First Novel
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Fiction Writing - Write, Polish and Publish Your First Novel

Learn step-by-step what it takes to write your first novel with the help of a bestselling author.
4.2 (64 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,041 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Wiley
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Come up with a story idea, get started writing, have the motivation to finish, and publish it on all the major bookstores.
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  • No fiction experience required. Just bring BAM (Brains And Motivation)!

There are four things that we are going to talk about in this course. The first is how to get started. We'll start from the very beginning and talk about where to get ideas, how to get your story going, and the best tools you should use that will make writing and formatting your book a breeze.

Then we'll talk about how to get your story finished. Writing a novel is a huge challenge, and I'll provide some tips and tricks that will make sure you get that first draft completed.

After we've gotten through our first draft, well go over how to polish your book to perfection, and how and where to find editors. I'll even provide a sample template you can use that should save you a lot of time in finding the right editor for you.

Finally, we'll cover how to get your book and to all of the four major online bookstores. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. As well as how to distribute your book even further.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in getting started writing fiction. Non-fiction writers would be better served with a different course.
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
10 Lectures 43:28

Here we cover just a basic overview of what you'll learn in this fiction writing course.

Preview 02:02

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of This Course!
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We cover a few different ways you can get story ideas for your next novel.

Where to Get Ideas

In depth way to come up with story ideas based on books you've already read.

Alike but Different

How you can take objects around your house and make story ideas out of them!

Grandpa's VHS Player as an Idea Generator

Even more ways you can come up with novel story ideas!

A Couple More Story Idea Tricks

Share Your Story Ideas

The big question, should you plot in advance or make it all up as you go along.

Should I Plot or Pants?

An interesting way to plan what you write for your next story.

Story Beats

The best tools and software you can use to write a novel. Note: It's NOT Microsoft Word!

Tools for the Job
Sitting Down to Write
5 Lectures 27:50

Once you understand this, your entire future in writing will change!

Preview 06:40

A formula you can use to write any novel in any genre.

The Magic Story Formula

Various plot outlines you can use to write your novel.

Plot Outlines

These tricks will make you look like an expert, even if it's your first novel.

"Advanced" Tricks

Recaps what we learned in how to write a novel.

Recap on Writing

Sitting Down to Write Quiz
3 questions
Getting it Finished
5 Lectures 31:39

Every excuse you have on why you can't write a novel is debunked!

Symptoms of Excusitis

Basic math on just how much time you need to write a novel.

Preview 03:03

How you can create more time to write a novel.

Writing Schedules

Lots of different tools you can use to make you more productive.

Tips on Eliminating Distractions

Even more tools that can take you to the next level!

Bonus: More Tricks

Getting it Finished
3 questions
Getting it Polished
6 Lectures 32:12

Here we discuss how important grammar is in fiction. It's not what you think!

Grammar Ain't What You Think It Is

A few things you can do to make your writing sharper.

A Few Quick Style Tips

How many edits should you do? What do the pros do?

Editing Like A Boss

Websites/resources you can use to find editors.

Where to Find Editors

Copy/paste the exact description I use when finding editors.

Choosing the Right Ones

Recap on all that we learned when it comes to doing drafts and finding editors.

Polishing Summary

Getting it Polished Quiz
3 questions
Bonus: Getting it Published
4 Lectures 36:52

Traditional or self-published... that is the question!

Your Publishing Options

Where to get a quality covers CHEAP!


How and where to submit your books.

Distributing Ebooks Like a Pro

How and where to get a paperback version of your novel.

Holding Your Book In Your Hands

Getting it Published Quiz
3 questions
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 03:40

Recap on all that we learned, and where you can go to learn even more.

Wrapping it All Up
About the Instructor
Ryan Wiley
3.9 Average rating
265 Reviews
8,710 Students
6 Courses
#1 Bestselling Author and Udemy Instructor

Ryan Wiley is an online entrepreneur and fiction writer. Working at one of the largest digital marketing agencies in the United States, he's helped several multi-million dollar brands improve their search rankings and traffic. He's also consulted and taught countless individuals wanting to grow their online businesses.

As a mystery/thriller writer, he has several books to his name. His second novel, Spending Spree, was the #1 Overall Free on Amazon, with over 36,000 downloads in one day! And he continues to crank out novels at a blistering pace.

Teaching is what Ryan considers his greatest passion. In all of his courses, he's very active in the discussion boards answering every single question that comes in.