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Novel Writing: Structure Your Story

Create Your Novel Step-by-Step Using Three Acts, Nine Checkpoints, and Scene & Sequel
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Created by Steve Alcorn
Last updated 3/2016
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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 show you how to structure your story, including:

  • Understanding three act structure
  • Structure your Act 1: Hook, Backstory and Trigger
  • Structure your Act 2: Crisis, Struggle andEpiphany
  • Structure your Act 3: Plan, Climax and Ending
  • Use "Scene and Sequel" to make creating your manuscript, fast, fun and exciting

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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What Will I Learn?
Understand Three Act Structure
Create Act 1 of Your Story: Hook, backstory and Trigger
Create Act 2 of Your Story: Crisis, Struggle and Epiphany
Create Act 3 of Your Story: Plan, Climax and Ending
Apply "Scene and Sequel" to make creating your manuscript a breeze!
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  • There are no prerequisites, but you may want to check out Novel Writing: Creating Characters for some useful foundation
  • All you need to benefit from this course is a desire to write great fiction!
Curriculum For This Course
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Three Act Structure
5 Lectures 41:06

Here's what to expect in the course.

Preview 01:33

Discover the structure that underlies nearly all fiction, and how to use it to make your novel exciting and compelling.

Preview 09:13

Hook, Backstory and Trigger

Act 1

Crisis, Struggle and Epiphany

Act 2

Plan, Climax and Ending

Act 3
Scene and Sequel
2 Lectures 19:15

The Scene is External:

  • Goal
  • Conflict
  • Disaster

The Sequel is Internal:

  • Emotion
  • Thought
  • Decision
  • Action
Structure Your Manuscript with Scene and Sequel

Now that you have the structure of your novel planned out, you're ready to start writing your manuscript.

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About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
457 Reviews
6,346 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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