Module 1: How It Feels to Read a Good Book

About Module 1: How It Feels to Read a Good Book

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

What is "Character-First Writing"?

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

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There are three core principles to character-first writing. They may surprise you!

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Sometimes people think, when I talk about character-first writing, that I want them to write a BORING story where nothing happens. That's not the case, fortunately! In fact, I often tell coaching clients to add MORE story to their novel outlines.

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Here's a preview of what's coming: how to use "character-first" plotting to work through the "messy" middle of your story. This is an element of the course that writers love the most: you can conquer your fear of the long "second act" of your story.

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The Secret Ingredient: Care

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

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They didn't teach you this!

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

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Major characters should have a "project."

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

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Start your reader with a character.

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

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A Story That Reads Quickly

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

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

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Trick your reader with this easy technique

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This is so powerful: when two parts of the story become one.

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The Core of Your Story: Your Protagonist

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

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

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

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You Should Narrate More

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

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