Improve your Fiction Writing and Finish More Stories
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Improve your Fiction Writing and Finish More Stories

Learn easy techniques to make your fiction better! Write more intensely and finish more stories in less time.
4.0 (5 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.
285 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2015
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be able to bring a story from initial idea to completion more smoothly
  • Understand character development and be able to turn a blank-slate character into a dynamic, fleshed-out character
  • Know the 6 techniques to raise tension and suspense in a story
  • Know the 7 qualifications for a good story ending
  • Know the 3 ways to spice up scenes
  • Know the 6 ways to make characters more interesting and relatable
  • Have a better understanding of plot structure
  • Understand how to find the best place to begin a story
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Requirements
  • Nothing needed! However, if you have a work of fiction you are brainstorming/writing, that is a plus.
Description

Have you always felt you had a book or story inside your mind? Or perhaps you are already a writer, but looking to improve your process.

You’re who this course is for.

This course is set up to take you through the process of writing a work of fiction of any length, all through a series of short videos. We’ll start with the first step—idea generation—and go all the way through to revisions. I even included a video on working with beta readers, which is the step after that.

You will learn:

6 ways of adding tension to a story,

2 things to always do when working with beta readers

6 ways of making characters interesting

Tips for doing research

7 qualifications for a good ending

and much more, including, dialogue, and plot. In addition, I have an exercise on turning the most blank-slate character you can think of into a well-rounded, fleshed-out inhabitant of your story.

The course can be taken in order or you are free to jump around as you please. At the end, you’ll be able to refine your fiction writing so you can write much more smoothly, more quickly and with more intensity. That means you'll be cranking out more and better stories in less time!

Don't forget--30-day guarantee if you aren't 100% satisfied! You have nothing to lose!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who thinks they have a story or novel inside them
  • This course is for writers with a moderate level of experience wanting to improve their skills
  • This course is also for beginning writers
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
01:09:17
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Lessons
11 Lectures 01:09:17

What comes first, before any other step of the writing process? Ideas. You need an idea to form into a story. But ideas can be tricky things: never around when you are ready for them, or always popping up at 3 a.m. when you are too sleepy to remember them. In this video, I show you some techniques to get your ideas to flow more easily and plentifully.

Preview 04:58

I discuss the elements of plot and the 20 basic kinds of plots.

All About Plots
05:15

How do you know the best place to begin a story? The beginning of a story is so important because often it is when a reader will decide to continue reading or not. In this video, I offer some tips on creating the strongest story beginning you can.

The Best Place to Begin a Story
03:50

Do you struggle with making your characters into interesting, relatable ones your reader will care about? I offer six ways of making characters interesting and relatable.

Preview 08:59

In this video, I present an exercise to build a character up from a blank slate. You can use the video one of two ways; either watch it and use it to stimulate your own thoughts/ideas for a character, or write an answer to every question as a full-on writing exercise.

Character Creation Workshop: From Blank Slate to Dynamic Character
09:24

Tension and suspense: those qualities make the difference between the reader staying up all night to read your story or putting it down and going to sleep. In this video, I show you 6 ways to raise tension and suspense levels in your stories.

Preview 06:30

In this video, I talk about description (including which cliches to avoid) and the three ways to spice up scenes. Also, I talk about how to select which viewpoint in which to write a story.

Description, Viewpoints, and 3 Ways to Spice up Scenes
07:40

Writing can be a lonely profession. In this video, I offer some good resources for writing inspiration and help. In addition, I talk about research in fiction writing.

Research and Resources
05:28

In this video, I talk about the core differences as well as the differences in mindset between novel writing and short story writing.

Novel Writing vs. Short Story Writing
02:49

What is the one thing you want your ending to be, no matter what? Also, I explain the seven qualifications for a good ending.

7 Qualifications for a Good Story Ending
06:55

In this video, I talk about how to edit a story, and whether or not to worry about rewriting. Also, I tell you the two main guidelines for working with beta readers.

After the Last Word: Editing, Rewrites, and Beta Readers
07:29
About the Instructor
Stephanie Chichester
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285 Students
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Writing Guru and Writer

Stephanie Chichester writes fantasy, science fiction, and children's books under the name Stephanie Void. She also has a YouTube channel where she offers tips and advice to other writers. In addition, she teaches writing at a local school.

Stephanie spent most of her childhood indoors reading, since going outside meant the sun might kill her. Some of her favorite authors are Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Patrick O'Brian, and Madeleine L'Engle. All this reading made her want to write stories herself, so she did.
When she isn't writing, she might be doing one of these other things: oil painting, graphic design, photography, singing, perfecting her Gollum voice for everyone's amusement, or enjoying nature.
Once somebody thought it was a good idea to give her a black belt and a teaching license in Shindoryu Aikijutsu.
She's from New Orleans, Louisiana but moved up to Boston to eat snow.

Her Books:
Running from Secrets
Halfway (Wizards and Faeries Book 1)
Wanderer's Shadow (Wizards and Faeries Book 2)
The Blue
Across the Universe with a Giant Housecat

Her Short Stories:
"Music of the Spheres"
"Formula for a Galactic Conquest"
Our Summer Garden (children's book)