Learn all the mechanics to novel writing: everything experienced authors use…
Discover how to write brilliant fiction novels
Creating something from nothing, cheating the laws of time and space, taking hours of absence from self – and providing entertainment for strangers just because you think they may like it – is absolutely fantastic and so rewarding.
Unfortunately, just putting creative words on a page won’t guarantee publication or readership.
An eloquent writer needs a whole list of professional skills to become a professional who can find the best publication opportunities for his/her work.
Your writing should be so good, it should sell itself with agents and publishers eager and willing to publish it.
Learn how to gather a reader following who will absolutely love your work
Most of all a writer needs readers who will love his/her work.
The question is, how to reach them so you can build a following AND make money from your books?
What is it you have to do, so people would absolutely love to read your work?
The readers’ experience
The reader comes to a novel to be entertained, to explore something new, to be challenged mentally or emotionally, to pass time, to lose him/herself in a world different from his/her own and to be satisfied with the end resolutions.
S/he wants to imagine him/herself as the lead character, having exploits, going places s/he may never visit in real life. S/he wants to identify with people other than her/himself, experience events far from those of daily life, and become immersed in a new country, city or world.
S/he may also come to story on a journey of self-discovery, willing to learn as the protagonist learns. S/he wants exciting characters, riveting plots, and exotic or enticing settings. And s/he wants everything realistic enough to be able to identify with the fiction.
People read fiction to learn more about themselves – to see their hopes, aspirations and fears reflected and played out in the pages. They want to gain insight into the confusing mechanics and meaning of life and all its intricacies.
Plot, setting, and character deal with the story of stories.
The reader doesn’t care about diction or point of view or pacing or the other elements of fiction that the writer is concerned with, except when these elements fail at creating an entertaining story and are disruptive to enjoyment and experiencing the adventure.
Readers come for the characters, to see how they’ll overcome the obstacles of their lives that may be similar to their own – or so far removed from it that it becomes fantasy.
Or, viewed from the other side, they come for a plot that entertains, one that influences character behaviour and thought. A story that changes a character’s life, and ultimately makes the reader ponder for days about its content and twists.
Thus writers should give readers a fascinating plot that goes somewhere stimulating and enthralling characters they care about in a setting that enhances both.
What exactly makes a book a page-turner?
How do you grab your readers, right from the start and hold them through to the last sentence?
How do you make your plot twist and turn and keep the action moving without losing continuity?
How do you choose an effective plot development strategy for creating conflict, drama, suspense, and adventure that will guarantee strong, solid stories and novels that move readers to the edge of their seats?
How do you make readers burn to know what’s going to happen next, chapter after chapter, keeping them in engrossed with tension and anticipation till the breaking point, and finally end the journey with an ingenious climax no one expected?
Learn how to:
- Make the correct narrative choices that will lead to strong plots
- Test a story idea to see if it works
- Craft and structure your story with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability
- Weave plots with subplots
- Develop interesting and believable characters with dialogue that portray their personality just right
- Choose point of view, how selecting omniscient, first person or third person might limit narrative influences which would disrupt the descriptive freedom you have
- Build suspense through cliff-hangers, apt dialogue, mood, character development, point of view, subtlety and indirection, and time and place
- Create original word description for all elements of your story
- Create a mood that matches each scene of the story’s content
- Use description to awaken the reader’s senses of touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight
- Handle viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, and other radical jumps in the storyline
- Know exactly what constitutes conflict, action and suspense, how they relate to other important ingredients in your story, and – perhaps most important – how to manipulate them to create more tension
- Choose the best type of ending, bringing all that conflict, action and suspense to a gripping conclusion
- Choose a topic that will sell
Will you ever get published?
No writing study course can ever guarantee that you will get a book published the traditional way, but you will get all the tools and methods to publish it yourself first and start earn an income from it while you wait for the right publisher or agent to recognise your outstanding work.
The rest is a question of skill, practice, experience and depending who you show your work to.
Writing is subjective* to so many things and each tutor, editor, agent or publisher has their own criteria, and by the time your book hits the shelves you would have had a string of people guiding you.
And with that your individual voice sometimes gets lost with too many interference from others forcing their own style, opinions and measures upon you – so be careful who you ask to review your work.
What is *Subjectivity?
It’s a personal, individual opinion based on a combination of not only knowledge and experience, but also placing emphasis on one’s own mood, attitude, opinions, preferences and prejudices at the time.
For these reasons, it’s better to first develop your talent as it comes from deep within and sharpen it with courses like these which give you tools to unleash your creativity and give you inspiration. The best is always to follow your own heart, write what you feel, write what you would love to read, and you’ll always be okay.
If you struggle with syntax and grammar as all writers sometimes do, there are various resources contained in the course plus thousands of other means out there to help you improve your grammar.
But the creativity part you so desperately need is all buried inside you – this course will help you bring it light.
The best way of course, to get more practice and experience, is to write every day and read as much as you can to see how other authors did it – and use it to improve your own writing.
Any independent copy editor (if you self-publish) or a publisher’s copy editor, may certainly find what writers sometimes miss, so don’t be too concerned about getting it 100% perfect all of the time.
A good story plot and memorable characters are what count mostly, the others are just semantics.
Potential Advantages of Being a Novelist
- Fame – You might become quite well-known for your novels, or even famous. Some novelists, like Stephen King and JK Rowling, have become household names. You can too.
- A career you love – If you truly enjoy writing, then a career as a novelist could give you the opportunity to make a living doing something you truly enjoy and love.
- Entertaining readers – Nobody can deny the potent power of storytelling or the way in which novels can move, entertain, and inspire people. As a novelist, you could experience a great deal of reward and gratification knowing that you’re bringing joy and pleasure to a lot of people.
- Setting your own schedule – You will have a great deal of freedom regarding when and where you work. This can give you more latitude when it comes to juggling all the to-dos of daily life.
- Excellent money – If your novels sell well and you gain a large readership, a career as a novelist could give you a lucrative income. When you have thousands of fans they’ll wait with great anticipation for your next book.
- Intrinsic reward – As a novelist you simply cannot imagine doing anything else. You simply have to spend your days getting the stories out of your head. This, in and of itself, brings enormous reward and pleasure.
- More than one career – As a novelist, you can have more than one profession if you choose. Some novelists have other jobs that they are able to balance nicely with their writing careers, allowing them the best of both worlds.
- Your book could be produced into a movie one day – Many adaptations of ordinary novels have made their creators famous and rich with a movie deal. So can yours.
Everything you need to know …
What lies, or ought to lie, beneath the growth of creative writing as a subject – is the conviction that a good deal of the best writing derives from conscious craft, if not all of it.
Commentators sometimes say that writing can’t be taught; that beginning writers either have “it”, in which case they don’t need to be taught, or they don’t have “it”, in which case money and time is being wasted.
But writers can perfectly well have native ability, a feel for language, an inventiveness and a keen eye towards the world.
A good creative writing workshop/course like this one will save you some time in getting to you dreams faster – and help you explore underlying principles of good writing – not to impose invented rules on writing, but to introduce ways of thinking about writing that are strong and purposeful.