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 (56 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.
2,980 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Wiley
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 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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Requirements
  • No fiction experience required. Just bring BAM (Brains And Motivation)!
Description

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
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Preliminary
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
04:58

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

Alike but Different
05:00

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

Grandpa's VHS Player as an Idea Generator
06:01

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

A Couple More Story Idea Tricks
05:04

Share Your Story Ideas
00:13

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

Should I Plot or Pants?
05:16

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

Story Beats
07:51

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

Tools for the Job
07:03
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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
04:07

Various plot outlines you can use to write your novel.

Plot Outlines
05:06

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

"Advanced" Tricks
10:31

Recaps what we learned in how to write a novel.

Recap on Writing
01:26

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

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

Symptoms of Excusitis
08:04

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
06:01

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

Tips on Eliminating Distractions
06:57

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

Bonus: More Tricks
07:34

Getting it Finished
3 questions
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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
05:07

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

A Few Quick Style Tips
04:36

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

Editing Like A Boss
06:02

Websites/resources you can use to find editors.

Where to Find Editors
07:38

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

Choosing the Right Ones
05:32

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

Polishing Summary
03:17

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

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

Your Publishing Options
04:34

Where to get a quality covers CHEAP!

Covers
08:25

How and where to submit your books.

Distributing Ebooks Like a Pro
07:43

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

Holding Your Book In Your Hands
16:10

Getting it Published Quiz
3 questions
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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
03:40
About the Instructor
Ryan Wiley
4.6 Average rating
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8,473 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.