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Watch This First: a Guide to the Highlights of this Course!

Lesson 1 Chapter 1 Module 1

I'm so happy to see you here!

You're going to plot out a great novel and improve all kinds of writing skills.

P.S. You should try out, below, our first interactive prompt. It's all about creating a main character who is opposed to the "main plot" or "real story" of your novel. I'm including it here to prepare you for the full explanation of the character-first approach.

course map: building blocks, the ABC plot, and the quick win

As the map shows, this course is broken down into three main sections:

Module 1 is all about building blocks and craft techniques: it shows you some new ways to see your novel project, and it equips you with an enhanced toolkit for creating great scenes and characters.

Module 2 is where we actually construct your plot. Here, we'll design your story in four stages, spot and fix problem areas, and discover which elements in your writing may be holding you back.

In Module 3, you write. I'll guide you through the outlining of your entire novel and the writing of a compelling opening section of your novel, the first 30 - 50 pages.

I'm Ready to Begin

You've poured your coffee (or other suitable drink). You're ready to  get started at the beginning.

I Want the Manual

You're more of a hands-on person: you want to start by downloading the pre-writing manual. 

I Need Help

You're looking for help or advice. That's good -- there are several ways to reach out.

Make sure (now or later) to download the two course manuals. They are the highlight of the course for some writers.

P.S. Probably the most popular lessons are:

1. Why your character needs a project

2. The ABC Plot in four stages

3. The "perfect" opening to your novel

I also recommend the tough love taught in fake plot.

Look out for the prompts and action steps, too, at the end of many lessons. These steps prompt you to take notes on your own project, internalising and mastering the course's techniques.

Additionally, look out for regular emails from me, coaching you through the course piece by piece. 

Your First Prompt:

Click the image below to start your first prompt: "Character vs Plot"

The prompt will get you in the right mindset for the rest of the course -- and it might inspire you, too!

how to begin the first prompt: just click this image
  • Cherl Wheaton says:

    I downloaded the pre-writing manual immediately and just got the other 2 manuals. If there is a word for excited, a little anxious, and extremely hopeful all at once, that’s me this afternoon!

    • Oh! Where can we find the manuals? I haven’t come across them yet.

      • They are right at the end of the course — one of the final lessons — plus they are linked to by email.

  • Beth V Lewis says:

    OK some trepidation, masses of excitement.

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