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.
How to make creative writing possible for you. Creating the right write environment and state of mind.
The decisions you have to make before you start writing. How to write a killer first chapter. What the first chapter has to achieve.
Creating the world of the story. Placing character and event in the story world.
How to make things happen. How to understand, think about, create and organize events in a story.
What are characters? And what are they really for?
Introducing new characters without breaking the flow or the immersion. Confrontations.
Events and their triggers. How the nature of events changes as the story progresses.
Raise the temperature, raise the stakes. Creating and managing tension and suspense.
Author's unconscious: what matters to you: message and theme.
Pivotal point. Characters take control. The reader goes from discovery to anticipation.
The importance of taking time out to think. The importance of practicing telling a story. A sort of intermission.
The fine art of narrative convenience. Judicious use of details to enrich the world and the experience without intruding in the readers's immersion.
The importance of accident, error, flaws and the unforseable.
The How To and the How Not To of narrative flow: chronology, foreshadowing and flashback.
The necessity of change for characters; gaining self-knowledge, getting lost, making discoveries, learning.
The difference between show and tell; why both are good when they're good.
What plot is. Why we talk about it. When to do it. When to sit back, steeple your fingers and slowly say, "interesting..."
The two approaches to creating a story, and their synthesis. How this is not plotting (or 'pantsing').
I've spent the last 9 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.