Brainstorm Your Next Novel!

The guide to unlocking the powers of your imagination and letting new stories flow more easily when you write.
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  • Lectures 30
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description


► Do you have a germ of an idea, but don't know how to develop it?

► Do you long to write a novel, but don't know where to start?

► Have you started a novel, but find that you are now stuck?

Well, then you've come to the right place!


This Course is for People Who Want to Get a Novel Written But CAN'T GET STARTED!

This course is for every writer who is inspired by everyday life and dreams. You'll learn to mine your imagination and come up with great ideas for your next novel. To be successful, you need just three things:

  1. The love of writing
  2. The love of exploring your own mind
  3. The love of research

If you have these three (and I'm pretty sure you do), then this course will help you come up with so many ideas for your next novel that you won't know what to do with them all!

This is a fast and fun course that will guide you gently through the creative process covering such areas as:

  • Understanding Your Motivation
  • Getting Inspired
  • How to Brainstorm for Results
  • Some Great & Some Little Known Brainstorming and Research Tools
  • Understanding Story Structure

and much, much more!

Why Listen To Me?

I have a Masters in Creative Writing and have taken many, many courses on writing, and I have studied literally hundreds of books about the craft of writing. As far as I am concerned, I have earned me the equivalent of a PhD in writing! I've also been a judge on an international writing contest, so I know what I'm doing and people respect my judgement.

My teachers (for both the books and in the courses) have been the best of the best. In other words, I've learned from the experts. In addition, I have written all my life: I've been a technical writer, scientific report writer, proposal writer, and aftermarket software writer (you know, the books you buy at bookstores that really tell you how to use software, with tips 'n' tricks and all that).

But always and foremost, I am a creative writer—a novelist. I currently have three novels and a collection of short stories available online everywhere. One of my books was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist. By early 2017, I will have ten books out—five more novels and another collection of stories.

Try This Course TODAY!

This is a brand new course for AUTHORS. I'm sure you will love the course and immediately benefit from what you learn. As with all of the WRITERS' SUCCESS SERIES courses, ask as many questions as you need to in the discussion area. I'll answer promptly.

No-Risk Trial If you are interested in finding out how to take this essential step to becoming a REAL writer, try my course risk-free. This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Should you decide it's not for you, no problem and I thank you for giving it a try.

Sign Up Now, And Be On Your Way to Great Writing

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Fully up-to-date as of November, 2015

What are the requirements?

  • How to search the internet

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Start a new novel or story with confidence, knowing what you want to accomplish
  • Understand why you are writing this story
  • Understand what motivates you to write
  • Learn new tools and techniques to get a quick and solid start on your new novel
  • Understand story structure
  • Learn about the Hero's Journey
  • Populate your new novel with main characters as well as essential secondary characters

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to become a better writer
  • Anyone wanting to conquer writers' block and fear associated with writing
  • Any writer who wants to add depth to their stories
  • This course is NOT for those who don't enjoy writing, at least at some level

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Section 1: Introduction

Thanks for taking this course! You are going to have a great time learning about brainstorming techniques and how to inspire yourself to write.


In this brief lesson, you'll get a quick review of the skills you will be learning in this course.

Section 2: Understanding Your Motivation

In this lesson, you'll earn how to evaluate why you want to write the book you have in mind to make it a stronger book.


In this lesson, you'll decide on the overall emotion you want to convey with your new story.


In this lesson, you'll analyze your underlying message.

Section 3: Getting Inspired to Write

In this lesson, you'll learn to find your inspiration in people who have reached their dreams or people you admire, or people who inspire you to be a writer or inspire you to create characters in your books.

(Video credits: ballet footage by Alex Wolf; family at play by Tina Messina; skateboarder by Chris Whitaker; woman driving by Cav Kid)


Think about what you are fascinated by. This lesson helps you explore your mind and your world.


In this lesson, we'll take a few minutes to think about where you get your best writing done.

Section 4: How to Brainstorm for Results!

In this lesson, you'll learn that a quick note or even a scribble can be inspiration later.


In this lesson, you'll see how mind mapping can help you come up with new story and plot ideas.


Coffee! Or tea! The writer's tool of the trade. In this lesson, we talk about getting focused and having positive energy for writing.

Section 5: Some Great & Some Little Known Brainstorming and Research Tools

In this lesson, we take a look at the popular note taking software, Evernote.


In this lesson we take a look at Microsoft's OneNote product.


In this lesson, we take a look at the notetaking application aimed at researchers and academics and see whether it's a good fit for your book project.


In this lesson, we take a look at some of the more popular note taking software options not already discussed.


In this lesson, we take a look at the importance of keeping a notebook with you at all times.

Section 6: Understanding Story Structure

In this lesson, we discuss the next step: outlining your story.


Here is an excellent book for you to consider if you're interested in learning more about outlining your novel.


In this lesson we talk about how timelines and calendars can help you keep track of what happens in your story.


In this lesson, we take a look at the "Hero's Journey," one of the basic structures in novels so you can apply it to your book if you want.


Recommended books for further reading and investigation. These are two of my favorites, as well.


The 3-Act Structure is almost as old as storytelling itself. In this lecture you'll learn what the structure is and what each Act should contain.


In this lesson you'll learn the value of smaller goals on the way to the final goal, and the value (and fun!) of putting worse and worse obstacles in your heroine's way.


In this lesson, you'll learn the value of building tension throughout the story, and ratcheting it up as you get closer and closer to the climatic scene -- where the hero either wins or fails! (Hint: he wins.)

3 questions

See what you've learned about the structure of stories.

Section 7: Main Characters

In this lesson, we discuss your protagonist -- your hero or heroine.


In this lesson, we discuss your antagonist -- your hero's or heroine's enemy.

Section 8: Secondary (but Essential) Characters

In this lesson, we take a look at the "mentor" figure and his or her role in your story.


In this lesson, you learn the value of the sidekick in stories, a long valued position, from Queequeg to Huck Finn to Robin.


Interested in learning more on how to create compelling and believable characters? Here's a couple of highly recommended books for you to consider.

1 question

Test your character knowledge

Section 9: Wrapping it Up

Now that you have your new brainstorming skills, carry on! Be sure to start each project using your new skills. Use them, too, whenever you get stuck at any stage when writing your next novel. Good luck and see you on the bestseller lists!

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Instructor Biography

Carl Plumer, Author, Teacher, Screenwriter, Podcaster

CARL S. PLUMER was born in so-called New York City, holds advanced degrees in writing (and he's not intending on letting go), and has spent his life surrounded by words (mostly on his tee shirts). He's delivered some of the first known newspapers, worked on the original printing press, managed the first bookstore established in America, taught writing back when it was known as "runes," wrote for literary magazines back when they were dreadful, and has always considered himself a writer (although many have strenuously disagreed). He is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (based on weight) Quarterfinalist and a National Indie Excellence Award (based on bribes) Finalist.

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