Novel Writing: Conflict, Suspense and Mystery

Powerful Plot Techniques to Energize Your Fiction
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Have you started a novel only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional Novel Writing?

In this lively and fun course Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. You'll learn how to write a novel step by step.

During the past two decades, Steve Alcorn has helped more than 20,000 students structure their novels, and many of them are now in print. Steve's courses are rated an average of 5 out of 5 stars.

This course is about the plot elements that will propel your readers through your story, including:

  • Use Conflict to drive your plot
  • Add Suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seat
  • Create some Mystery to make it hard to put your book down
  • Control the pacing of your novel to keep it both exciting and emotional

Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life, Steve Alcorn's novel writing courses will show you how to succeed!

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites
  • All you need to benefit from this course is a desire to write great fiction!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Conflict to drive your plot
  • Add Suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seat
  • Create some Mystery to make it hard to put your book down
  • Control the pacing of your novel to keep it both exciting and emotional

What is the target audience?

  • This course is perfect for beginning or experienced writers
  • These techniques apply to novels, short stories and screenplays

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Plotting
01:34

Here's what to expect in the course.

06:06

Conflict, whether external or internal, is what drives fiction

09:55

Adding suspense will keep your readers on the edge of their seats

04:53

Create stories questions to draw your readers in, and propel them from start to finish

Section 2: Pacing
18:42

Scene and Sequel is the key to balancing plot and story—the physical and emotional. It's also the tool you'll use to control pacing. (This lecture is from my course on story structuring, but I've included it here, too, because it's important background for the pacing lesson that follows.)

06:29

Your entire novel shouldn't be one long car chase, nor should it be entirely reflection. You need to mix it up to excite readers, and then engage them. This lesson shows you how.

00:28

With these tools your plot will quickly take shape as you write your manuscript. Next it's time to make decisions about viewpoint and tense.

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Instructor Biography

Steve Alcorn, Published Author and Educator

Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!

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