Write: Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners (2016 Ed)
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Write by Writing: Write a novel, novella or short story with this practical guide to writing for beginners (2016 Ed)
4.2 (113 ratings)
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To become a better writer
  • To begin writing today
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  • A PC or Mac
  • Microsoft Word
  • A rudimentary understanding of English grammer

Tell Your Story Today...

Isn't it time you finally told the story inside your heart? Within this course I will explain how to organize and begin writing a short story, novella, or novel. The concepts are the same for each form. The number of balls you need to keep in the air and for how long is the only thing that differs.

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
-- Lord Byron

Learn the Components of Successful Storytelling...

Plot, character, and place. Learn how to juggle them all like a professional. Learn how to discipline yourself to put the first words on the page. Learn the even greater discipline required to put the last words on the page.

The thing about writing is that you never stop learning and improving your craft, and a review of the basics is helpful even to an established, USA Today bestselling author like myself. Jackson's deceptively simple course on writing a first novel is concise, and covers crucial points that every writer should know and constantly keep in mind. I especially enjoyed his advice on handling writer's block and its causes; I am guilty of reason #3. Sigh. A useful course, even for those who think they don't need it.
-- Lisa Cach, USA Today Bestselling author of the "1,001 Erotic Nights" series

For the Storyteller, There is no Greater Joy...

All your life, you've carried this story with you. Perhaps uncertain or fearful of rejection. But there is no burden greater than carrying an untold story.

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
--Franz Kafka

Your All in One Source for the Inspiration and Technique Required to Tell Your Story...

This is your call to arms. Tell your story now before it's lost forever...

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has to tell their story
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 03:14:27
Introduction to the Course
2 Lectures 04:52

An overview of the course structure.

Preview 03:46

2016 Edition Changes
Finding Your Style
4 Lectures 19:17

Storytelling basics, beginning with plot...

Preview 04:10

An initially confusing and ultimately satisfying discussion of modes of narration.

Preview 07:14

An overview of plotters vs pansters.

Plotters vs Pansters

Discovering Your Personal Writing Style
Preparing to Write
5 Lectures 29:17

Notes on the use of Pinterest to do research.

Pinterest Notes

A quick aside: My wife teaches me how to use Pinterest to do Internet based research for a book. A+++

Research Using Pinterest

Setting up word to look the way it does in my lectures.

Setting Up Word

A quick look at outlining.


Show how to create an outline using physical index cards and a corkboard.

Outlining with Index Cards
Beginning to Write
4 Lectures 19:25

A discussion of selecting when, where, and how to write.

When, Where, and How

What to write? Keep a daily journal.

Keeping a Journal

Let Microsoft Word help you to choose the right word.

Choosing the Right Word

Standard Story Arcs and Character Architypes
3 Lectures 12:36
Where to Begin Your Story

Dealing with the symptom of writer's block.

Writer's Block

Do what you have to do to WRITE!

2 Lectures 12:58
Proofreading Your Work

Waterfall vs Spiral Editing
Basic Writing Skills
7 Lectures 59:29
Words and Spaces: Lecture

Words and Spaces: Writing Session

Words and Spaces: Writing Session Files (Downloadable Lecture Material)

Punctuation: Lecture

Punctuation: Writing Session

Punctuation: Writing Session Files (Downloadable Files)

Learn the basic mechanics of writing dialog as we touch on aspects of writing good dialog.

2 Lectures 20:15

An author's introduction to the business of self-publishing books.

Book Length, Series and Price

Sources of Information
Writing Sessions
2 Lectures 15:51

Watch over my shoulder as we write the opening lines to a chapter in a suspense thriller. Find the motivation to write by sharing the experience with me.

Writing Session: Third Person, Subjective, Past Tense, Thriller

Let's work on the same scene again together, only this time we'll use first person perspective.

Writing Session: First Person, Character, Past Tense, Thriller
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
4.4 Average rating
2,355 Reviews
48,859 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2330+ Reviews, 48,675+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.