Write A Novel Now! Write a book that sells!
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Write A Novel Now! Write a book that sells!

Learn how to plan, outline, and write a full-length novel or book, using a proven method for planning and outlining.
3.4 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
358 students enrolled
Created by Nick Thacker
Last updated 7/2014
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Over 4 hours of video/audio content
  • Worksheets, downloadable content, and writing plans
  • Breaks down plot and structure into understandable lessons
  • Learn how to develop ideas, plan, outline, and write a full-length novel
  • Write a finished, polished, and ready-to-use outline for your novel
  • Perfect for anyone wanting to write (or rewrite!) a novel
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  • Willing to work hard


Have you ever wanted to write a novel, but didn't know where to start?

Have you ever started writing a novel, only to get stuck halfway through?

With the Write A Novel Now course, you can finally finish your masterpiece. This course features hours of video content designed to show you tips, tricks, and examples from master writing teachers.

You'll learn how to:

  • Find and develop ideas
  • Write a killer outline that doesn't get in the way
  • Structure your novel based on time-tested principles
  • Develop a great story arc
  • Write conflict, suspense, and believable characters
  • Put sections together in a meaningful order

Stop struggling with your first draft (or your fourth!). Whether you're a seasoned writer or an anxious beginner, you'll be able to use this course to fast-track your writing career!

And with a 30-day, no-questions-asked refund policy, there's no reason not to get started today!

Work through the course at your own pace, with no time or access limitations. Ask questions, get involved, and take your fiction writing to the next level!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner writers
  • Anyone who's written a manuscript, but never published
  • Authors who are interested in learning another way to plan and write their books
  • Authors interested in self-publishing
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 02:40:26
Introduction & Welcome
5 Lectures 23:30
An introduction to the course, the instructor, and what you can expect from them:
  • My background
  • My websites/blogs
  • How this course came to be
Preview 08:52

Use these resources to boost productivity, help plan, and get that novel written! Most of these are free resources (websites and blogs), but there are some pro-level programs and apps that can also be a huge aid to you!
Preview 1 page

These books aren't required, but they're very helpful. We'll be covering material presented in each one, and at times I'll reference them. Since most are paperbacks, available through Amazon, you can usually find them for less than a buck.

If you have to choose two, I'd recommend the first two on the list -- most of the stuff we'll be covering will be in these two amazing writing books!
Preview 1 page

Writer's block isn't really this big, scary "thing" everyone's worried about... it turns out it's probably just a figment of your imagination.
Preview 10:51
Finding that "Million-Dollar" Idea
6 Lectures 51:49
Where to find ideas, how to vet them, and why an idea isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The Search for the "Million-Dollar" Idea

Crafting A Great Story Concept

Use this framework to outline and brainstorm some of your best ideas. 

When you're ready to turn one or two of those ideas into a full-fledged concept, use the next PDF document, The Idea/Concept Framework (2 of 2).
The Idea/Concept Framework (1 of 2)
1 page

Use this framework to explore your ideas in greater detail, asking and answering some key questions that spell the difference between an idea and a concept. 
The Idea/Concept Framework (2 of 2)
1 page

Recommended homework for Section 2.
Section 2 Homework

Brainstorming tips and tricks, and inspiration from other authors. 
Preview 14:38
Understanding Plot
6 Lectures 50:58
The 5 Plot Elements are crucial to developing a believable and entertaining premise, and they are the foundation upon which your entire novel will be built. 
Understanding Plot & the 5 Plot Elements

Story Questions

Use this worksheet to answer the 7 Story Questions about your novel. 
Story Questions Worksheet
1 page

The Two-Sentence Method is a long-form version of the elevator pitch for your novel. It's also the backbone of your entire structure, and could possibly be the beginnings of a great back cover blurb!
The Two-Sentence Plot

Use this worksheet to plan out your plot and list your 5 Plot Elements. 
The Two-Sentence Plot Worksheet
1 page

Section 3 Homework
Story Structure
3 Lectures 28:09
Story Structure, Part 1

Story Structure, Part 2

Story Structure, Part 3
About the Instructor
Nick Thacker
3.4 Average rating
8 Reviews
358 Students
1 Course
Writer, Author, Blogger

Nick Thacker is a writer, author, and blogger who runs an award-winning blog and website dedicated to helping writers write, self-publish, and sell their books. Through coaching, training, and teaching, he's helped turn hundreds of writers into authors.

He published his first novel in 2012 and hasn't stopped since! Speaking at events and writing groups has also helped him develop his message: anyone can be a great writer, after learning a few key insights.

Nick lives in the woods in a cabin on a mountain in Colorado with his wife, tortoise, and three dogs.