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Novel Writing: Manuscript Editing

"Show" rather than "Tell" to get your manuscript ready for publication!
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Created by Steve Alcorn
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 9 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Learn to "Write Big" so that your prose leaps off the page
Learn to "show" rather than "tell"
Kill all the adverbs
Eliminate lazy words
Polish your manuscript to get it ready for publishing
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  • There are no prerequisites
  • All you need to benefit from this course is a desire to write great fiction!

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.

It's time to polish that manuscript and ready it for publication! This course shows you how:

  • "Write Big" so that your prose leaps off the page
  • Learn to "show" rather than "tell"
  • Kill all the adverbs
  • Eliminate lazy words
  • Polish your manuscript to get it ready for publishing

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for beginning or experienced writers
  • These techniques apply to novels, short stories and screenplays
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Curriculum For This Course
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Completing Your Manuscript
4 Lectures 27:42

Here's what to expect in the course.

Preview 01:29

Sometimes it's as much about what's not there as what's there

Preview 04:54

We've all heard the adage. Here's how to do it.

Preview 10:32

Dialogue is much easier and more fun to read than exposition, and by its very nature it is always showing.

Dialogue as Showing
Perfecting Your Manuscript
3 Lectures 12:10

You don't need them. Here's why.

First, Kill All the Adverbs

Clean up that manuscript by eliminating lazy words

What You Don't Need

Once your manuscript is polished to perfection, it's time to get it into print.

Next Steps
About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
461 Reviews
6,387 Students
14 Courses
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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