Module 1: How It Feels to Read a Good Book

Module 1

Before we starting planning our novels, here are the quickest ways to improve your writing: care, projects, and a focus on characters.

Module Structure

The Power of Care 8 Lessons

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

A welcome message + guided tour: all the ways you can use this course to improve your writing.

The Problem: Why Is Plot So Hard?

Let's get serious. Why is a course like this so valuable?

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Why You Need “Care”

They didn't teach you this!

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Plot = Care Changing Over Time

Plot isn't about events. It's about shifts in care.

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Project vs Mood

Major characters should have a "project."

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The Danger of Dropping Care

It's SO easy to do this. And it makes your readers give up on your novel.

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Writing a Novel Character-First

Start your reader with a character.

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PS Can Writing Be Taught? (+ reading list)

Can writing be taught? How seriously should you take the advice from this course?

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The Building Blocks 6 Lessons

The Goal

All right. What kind of book do we actually want to write in this course? What will the reader feel while reading it?

The Dragon’s Toe: Exposition and Mystery

The key to exposition is to sprinkle it lightly — very lightly — at the start. Here's how...

Building the A-Plotline

Here's how to start your novel: with several scenes devoted to your protagonist's "project."

Bonus: What if I can’t do A?

A few frequently asked questions about the A plot-line.

Bonus: Prompts to Develop Your Protagonist

Nine questions to help you develop your protagonist and build your A plot-line.

Scene and Satellite

This is how we convey to the reader all the information they need to enjoy, understand, keep reading your novel.