Write a Book: Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 6/2017
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 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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Requirements
  • A PC or Mac
  • Microsoft Word
  • A rudimentary understanding of English grammer
Description

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
75 Lectures
05:18:06
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Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 08:12

An overview of the course structure.

Preview 03:46

2016 Edition Changes
01:06

Introduction to the 2017 Edition
03:20
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Finding Your Style
7 Lectures 24:04
Introduction to Finding Your Style
03:46

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
02:04

Discovering Your Personal Writing Style
05:49

Finding Your Style Section Project
00:15

Summary of Finding Your Style
00:46
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Preparing to Write
8 Lectures 32:57
Introduction to Preparing to Write
02:29

Notes on the use of Pinterest to do research.

Pinterest Notes
00:29

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

Research Using Pinterest
07:27

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

Setting Up Word
07:35

A quick look at outlining.

Outlining
10:02

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

Outlining with Index Cards
03:44

Preparing to Write Section Project
00:13

Summary of Preparing to Write
00:58
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Beginning to Write
7 Lectures 22:30
Introduction to Beginning to Write
01:59

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

When, Where, and How
04:15

What to write? Keep a daily journal.

Keeping a Journal
02:59

Let Microsoft Word help you to choose the right word.

Choosing the Right Word
04:00

Standard Story Arcs and Character Architypes
08:11

Beginning to Write Section Project
00:23

Summary of Beginning to Write
00:43
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Writing
6 Lectures 14:45
Introduction to Writing
01:26

Where to Begin Your Story
04:46

Dealing with the symptom of writer's block.

Writer's Block
04:39

Do what you have to do to WRITE!

Write
03:11

Writing Section Project
00:03

Summary of Writing
00:40
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Editing
6 Lectures 22:14
Introduction to Editing
02:35

Proofreading Your Work
08:11

Waterfall vs Spiral Editing
04:47

Editing Resources (2017 Addendum)
05:37

Editing Section Project
00:04

Summary of Editing
01:00
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Basic Writing Skills
10 Lectures 01:02:08
Introduction to Basic Writing Skills
01:49

Words and Spaces: Lecture
15:00

Words and Spaces: Writing Session
07:28

Words and Spaces: Writing Session Files (Downloadable Lecture Material)
00:09

Punctuation: Lecture
21:09

Punctuation: Writing Session
08:37

Punctuation: Writing Session Files (Downloadable Files)
00:09

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

Dialog: Lecture
06:57

Basic Writing Skills Section Project
00:13

Summary of Basic Writing Skills
00:37
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Advanced Writing Techniques
14 Lectures 01:09:53
Introduction to Advanced Writing Skills
01:02

Foreshadowing, Symbolism, Red Herrings and Plot Twists
08:41

Writing Authentic Dialog
06:10

Tension and Suspense: Building Dread
04:24

Show Don't Tell
04:04

Character and Backstory Development
06:50

World Building
10:06

Writing Conflict and Fight Scenes
04:19

Writing Romantic Scenes
06:37

Writing Scary Scenes
02:22

Including Side Stories
05:30

Writing By Deconstructing What's Popular
09:03

Advanced Writing Skills Section Project
00:16

Summary of Advanced Writing Skills
00:29
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Self-publishing
8 Lectures 41:25
Introduction to Self-publishing
01:08

Summary of My Self-publishing Process
05:08

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

Book Length, Series and Price
19:50

Book Covers: You Have Several Options
05:21

Summary of My Self-publishing Courses
07:05

Sources of Additional Information
00:25

Self-publishing Section Project
00:04

Summary of Self-publishing
02:24
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Writing Sessions
5 Lectures 17:45
Introduction to Writing Sessions
01:05

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
11:03

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
04:48

Writing Sessions Section Project
00:03

Summary of Writing Sessions
00:46
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About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
4.5 Average rating
2,929 Reviews
58,071 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2929+ Reviews, 58,000+ 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 lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.