Read Worthy Fiction

12 Weeks to Your Novel's 1st Draft
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Learn to write a novel by writing a novel!

Read Worthy Fiction is for everyone; the only thing you need is the desire to write a book.

It's designed to be run over 12 weeks, so you’ll dedicate a mere 30 minutes a day to your book, and you’ll write 500 new words in that time. That’s a medium-sized email – anyone can do it.

Over 12 weeks you will acquire knowledge, tips and key insights into creative writing. Once you have completed the course, you will have learned everything you need to know to write your first novel, and you will have written your first novel.

Whether you have never written a story before, or you've already written and published several, this course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build your writing career.

What are the requirements?

  • You need to know some basic fiction writing terms like plot, character, etc
  • You need some knowledge of the basic terms of English grammar, like the names of parts of speech.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be able to apply the basic principles of novel writing
  • Start writing that novel

What is the target audience?

  • People who have never written a novel but know they want to
  • People who have written their first novel and want to know if it's any good
  • People who have written (and even published) a few novels but want to consolidate their groundwork

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: Week 0 - The Whole Story
06:58

Introduction to Read Worthy Fiction. Who I am and why I made this course.

06:31

How the course works, and what you will learn. What will be expected of you and how to prepare.

Section 2: Week 1 - Hero & Threat
06:56

How to make creative writing possible for you. Creating the right write environment and state of mind.

09:31

The decisions you have to make before you start writing. How to write a killer first chapter. What the first chapter has to achieve.

Section 3: Week 2 - Spur to Action
09:41

Creating the world of the story. Placing character and event in the story world.

06:36

How to make things happen. How to understand, think about, create and organize events in a story.

Section 4: Week 3 - Confrontations
07:03

What are characters? And what are they really for?

06:56

Introducing new characters without breaking the flow or the immersion. Confrontations.

Section 5: Week 4 - Escalation
04:49

Events and their triggers. How the nature of events changes as the story progresses.

07:00

Raise the temperature, raise the stakes. Creating and managing tension and suspense.

Section 6: Week 5 - Plans and Pivots
05:46

Author's unconscious: what matters to you: message and theme.

06:02

Pivotal point. Characters take control. The reader goes from discovery to anticipation.

Section 7: Week 6 - Pause for Breath
06:28

The importance of taking time out to think. The importance of practicing telling a story. A sort of intermission.

08:05

The fine art of narrative convenience. Judicious use of details to enrich the world and the experience without intruding in the readers's immersion.

Section 8: Week 7 - Awry
05:54

The importance of accident, error, flaws and the unforseable.

05:35

The How To and the How Not To of narrative flow: chronology, foreshadowing and flashback.

Section 9: Week 8 - The Dark Night
05:17

The necessity of change for characters; gaining self-knowledge, getting lost, making discoveries, learning.

08:49

The difference between show and tell; why both are good when they're good.

Section 10: Week 9 - Depth
07:01

What plot is. Why we talk about it. When to do it. When to sit back, steeple your fingers and slowly say, "interesting..."

04:48

The two approaches to creating a story, and their synthesis. How this is not plotting (or 'pantsing').

Section 11: Week 10 - Drama and Twists
09:57

Types of narrative sequence and how they affect pace.

05:37

How to reach for the end of your story - choosing a strategy.

Section 12: Week 11 - The End
05:53

What is an ending? Answering the question. The ending that provides what the beginning demanded.

08:37

Choosing an ending. The role (and necessity) of denouement.

Section 13: Week 12 - Memory
10:50

Memory, learning and experience. Where you are at week 12.

The basics of self-editing.

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Instructor Biography

Harry Dewulf, Literary Editor and Story Development Expert.

I've spent the last 8 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.

My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.

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