Brainstorm Your Next Novel!
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Brainstorm Your Next Novel!

The guide to unlocking the powers of your imagination and letting new stories flow more easily when you write.
3.3 (4 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.
582 students enrolled
Created by Carl Plumer
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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► 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

Scroll back up and click the green Take This Course button in the upper right of the udemy screen and enroll. Don't wait another day to turn your dreams of being a successful writer into reality. See you inside!


Fully up-to-date as of November, 2015

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
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 02:36

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

Preview 01:18

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

Preview 01:18
Understanding Your Motivation
3 Lectures 05:31

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.

Preview 01:17

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

Preview 01:38

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

Preview 02:36
Getting Inspired to Write
3 Lectures 06:52

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)

Preview 02:44

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

What fascinates you?

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

What places inspire you to write?
How to Brainstorm for Results!
3 Lectures 06:00

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

The Best Avenue to Your Brain: Scribbling, Notes, & Doodles

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

Unleash the Power of Free Association with Mindmapping

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

Coffee! The Writer's Ally
Some Great & Some Little Known Brainstorming and Research Tools
5 Lectures 11:42

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

Collecting Thoughts and Research Using Evernote

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

Similar to but also Different than Evernote: Microsoft's own One Note

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.

Zotero: For Academic Research and Citations -- but also for fun

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

Other Note-taking Software

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

Paper Options (notebooks, note cards, etc.)
Understanding Story Structure
8 Lectures 26:51

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

Outlining: Pros and Cons

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

Outlining Your Novel: Recommended Reading

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

Using Timelines and Calendars

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.

The Hero's Journey

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

Recommended Reading for the Hero's Journey

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.

The 3-Act Structure

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.

Goals and Obstacles: The Quest

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.)

The Rising Storyline

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

Story Structure
3 questions
Main Characters
2 Lectures 05:14

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

Your Protagonist(s)

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

Your Antagonist(s)
Secondary (but Essential) Characters
3 Lectures 04:35

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

The Mentor

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

The Sidekick

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

Creating Characters: Recommended Reading

Test your character knowledge

Know Your Characters
1 question
Wrapping it Up
1 Lecture 01:11

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!

About the Instructor
Carl Plumer
3.5 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,298 Students
4 Courses
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.