From Idea to Story: Novel Writing Made Easy
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From Idea to Story: Novel Writing Made Easy

Starting your novel is easy and simple when you have the right step-by-step guide.
5.0 (2 ratings)
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34 students enrolled
Created by Caroline Jestaz
Last updated 9/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • turn a rough idea into the actual starting point of their story
  • structure a story following a strong, logical arc
  • create believable and relatable characters
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Requirements
  • You should be able to use Word on a computer.
  • You should be prepared to pause during lectures in order to take notes and write ideas.
Description

'With Caroline, a vague idea of a book became on paper reality. She gave me structure, guidelines that enabled me to begin writing. She was the turning point in my becoming an author.'

Mari Williams

'I’ve tried and failed to complete writing courses in the past but this one is different. It takes you into the depths of the writer’s mind, giving renewed insight into the actual process of writing a novel. Not only is the course encouraging
and to-the-point, it’s also practical with simple but effective templates and exercises. Caroline brings the process of writing a novel to life, so much so that by the end of the course I felt like something had lit up and I was ready to start writing again in earnest.' 

Anita Cullum

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You have always wanted to write a novel, you have ideas and do not know where to start.

Or perhaps you have started your novel, but you’re not enjoying it as much as you thought you would, because you’re not clear about the process and wish you had signposts and guidance.

This easy and detailed course focuses on getting you properly started. It shows you how to turn a rough idea into a story by creating tools that will give you clarity, direction and confidence in your writing.

  • You will be able to re-use those tools for many other stories.
  • You will never start a new story with the fear of the blank page.

This course offers you:

  • A step-by-step guide to scale down your ideas to a manageable story start.
  • Tools that you can download and tailor to your needs following the course guidelines

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Writing is my vocation and my passion. Creating stories to share with others has not only given me joy, but also strength and confidence in myself.

I created this course because I want you to feel equally confident in your writing and enjoy the writing process.

This easy, step-by-step course guides you through key stages of starting your novel, thanks to video lectures, short exercises, and templates you can adapt to your own needs.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • turn a rough idea into the starting point of a story,

  • structure your story following a strong and logical arc,

  • create believable and relatable characters.

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If you’re an aspiring writer, keen to start your novel, then this is the course for you. Taught by an experienced fiction writer with 7 novels under her belt and accomplished teacher with 20 years of experience (university, school and mentoring), this course will walk you through each step and show you exactly how to create a compelling story.

Not sure yet? Just scroll down and watch free preview lectures!

Enrol with confidence! Your enrolment is backed by Udemy’s 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee!


What am I going to get from this course?

  • 31 lectures and 2 hours of content

  • Detailed guidance on how to create your story, characters, and plot

  • Writing tools to tailor to your own needs

  • A clear understanding of how to start the writing process

  • Confidence in your writing ability

This course is not for:

    Experienced writers

    Aspiring non-fiction writers

    Aspiring poets and playwrights

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone keen to write a story (whatever the length)
  • Anyone interested in learning about the creative process
  • Anyone struggling with developing confidence in their writing
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
01:49:24
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Introducing the tutor and the course
1 Lecture 01:29
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Introducing the course
1 Lecture 01:37
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Introducing Module 1 - Exploring your themes
1 Lecture 00:59
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Module 1 - Exploring your themes
3 Lectures 11:44

This lecture explains the reason for starting your novel by exploring themes.

Preview 02:46

This lecture describes in detail the process of choosing and scaling down your first theme:'secret' through a series of questions, in order to turn ideas into a story.

Preview 05:27

This lecture describes in detail the process of choosing and scaling down a second theme: 'missed opportunities' through a series of questions, in order to turn ideas into a story.

Preview 03:31
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Concluding Module 1/ Introducing Exercise A and templates
1 Lecture 03:31
  •     Exercise A: Identify the main themes and sub-themes in each of the synopsis listed in the exercise.
  •     Keys (answers) to exercise A
  •     List of themes
  •     Chosen-themes template
  •     Scaling-down guide
Preview 03:31
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Introducing Module 2 - Creating your characters
1 Lecture 00:44
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Module 2 - Creating your characters
6 Lectures 36:41

Using the characters created in the first module, this lecture is showing how to give them personality traits.

Preview 07:48

In this lecture, we are shaping the personality of the first character.

Preview 03:41

In this lecture, we are shaping the personality of the second character.

Preview 05:33

In this lecture, we are shaping the personality of the third character.


Preview 06:18

Using the characters created in the first module, this lecture is showing how to give them physical traits.

Preview 06:16

In this lecture, we're looking at the choices made by the characters so far and their motivations, which are going to move the story forward.

Preview 07:05
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Advice on dialogues
1 Lecture 02:39

This lecture offers tips and advice when writing dialogues.

Preview 02:39
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Advice on choosing your characters
2 Lectures 03:13

This lecture is about the importance of secondary characters.

Preview 01:41

This lecture offers tips and advice on how to use autobiographical elements in your story.

Preview 01:32
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Concluding Module 2
1 Lecture 01:55
  • Exercise B: An opportunity to practise identifying physical characteristics and personality traits in people you know.
  • List of personality prompts
  • List of physical traits
Preview 01:55
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About the Instructor
Caroline Jestaz
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34 Students
1 Course
Fiction Writer and Writing Mentor

ABOUT CAROLINE

Caroline Jestaz has been teaching for 20 years students of all ages and levels, in groups or in one-to-one sessions. She has taught at university and in schools.

She currently teaches creative writing on a freelance basis, which includes mentoring aspiring authors, six-week courses with Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) and leading workshops with Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Caroline is a writing expert. She has written 7 novels, has worked as an editor, copy-editor and proof-reader for Cambridge University Press, Pearson Education and Windhorse Publications.

Caroline's aim is simple, to help you find your voice and develop confidence in your writing. You’ll enjoy Caroline’s encouraging and clear teaching style which gets right to the point and guides you step-by-step through the creation of your story.