Course: Write a Book! Creative Writing Skills for Beginner Writers

Write a Book! Creative Writing Skills for Beginner Writers

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  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

Tell Your Story Today... 

 Isn't it time you finally told the story inside your heart? Within this course I will explain how to organize and begin writing a short story, novella, or novel. The concepts are the same for each form. The number of balls you need to keep in the air and for how long is the only thing that differs. 

 If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.

 -- Lord Byron 

Learn the Components of Successful Storytelling... 

 Plot, character, and place. Learn how to juggle them all like a professional. Learn how to discipline yourself to put the first words on the page. Learn the even greater discipline required to put the last words on the page. 

 The thing about writing is that you never stop learning and improving your craft, and a review of the basics is helpful even to an established, USA Today bestselling author like myself. Jackson's deceptively simple course on writing a first novel is concise, and covers crucial points that every writer should know and constantly keep in mind. I especially enjoyed his advice on handling writer's block and its causes; I am guilty of reason #3. Sigh. A useful course, even for those who think they don't need it.

 -- Lisa Cach, USA Today Bestselling author of the "1,001 Erotic Nights" series 

For the Storyteller, There is no Greater Joy... 

 All your life, you've carried this story with you. Perhaps uncertain or fearful of rejection. But there is no burden greater than carrying an untold story. 

 A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.

 --Franz Kafka 

Your All in One Source for the Inspiration and Technique Required to Tell Your Story... 

 This is your call to arms. Tell your story now before it's lost forever...


Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who has to tell their story
Basic knowledge
  • A PC or Mac
  • Microsoft Word
  • A rudimentary understanding of English grammer
What you will learn
  • To become a better writer
  • To begin writing today
Number of Lectures: 66
Total Duration: 04:39:37
Introduction to the Course
  • An Overview of the Course  

    An overview of the course structure.

  • 2016 Edition Changes  
  • Introduction to the 2017 Edition  
Finding Your Style
  • Introduction to Finding Your Style  
  • Storytelling Basics  

    Storytelling basics, beginning with plot...

  • Mode of Narration  

    An initially confusing and ultimately satisfying discussion of modes of narration.

  • Plotters vs Pansters  

    An overview of plotters vs pansters.

  • Discovering Your Personal Writing Style  
  • Finding Your Style Section Project  
  • Summary of Finding Your Style  
Preparing to Write
  • Introduction to Preparing to Write  
  • Pinterest Notes  

    Notes on the use of Pinterest to do research.

  • Research Using Pinterest  

    A quick aside: My wife teaches me how to use Pinterest to do Internet based research for a book. A+++

  • Setting Up Word  

    Setting up word to look the way it does in my lectures.

  • Outlining  

    A quick look at outlining.

  • Outlining with Index Cards  

    Show how to create an outline using physical index cards and a corkboard.

  • Outlining with MS Word (2018 Extension)  
  • Preparing to Write Section Project  
  • Summary of Preparing to Write  
Beginning to Write
  • Introduction to Beginning to Write  
  • When, Where, and How  

    A discussion of selecting when, where, and how to write.

  • Keeping a Journal  

    What to write? Keep a daily journal.

  • Choosing the Right Word  

    Let Microsoft Word help you to choose the right word.

  • Standard Story Arcs and Character Architypes  
  • Beginning to Write Section Project  
  • Summary of Beginning to Write  
  • Introduction to Writing  
  • Where to Begin Your Story  
  • Writer's Block  

    Dealing with the symptom of writer's block.

  • Write  

    Do what you have to do to WRITE!

  • Writing Section Project  
  • Summary of Writing  
  • Introduction to Editing  
  • Proofreading Your Work  
  • Waterfall vs Spiral Editing  
  • Dealing with Word Repetition (2018 Addendum)  
  • Editing Resources (2017 Addendum)  
  • Editing Section Project  
  • Summary of Editing  
Advanced Writing Techniques
  • Introduction to Advanced Writing Skills  
  • Foreshadowing, Symbolism, Red Herrings and Plot Twists  
  • Writing Authentic Dialog  
  • Tension and Suspense: Building Dread  
  • Show Don't Tell  
  • Character and Backstory Development  
  • World Building  
  • Writing Conflict and Fight Scenes  
  • Writing Romantic Scenes  
  • Writing Scary Scenes  
  • Including Side Stories  
  • Writing By Deconstructing What's Popular  
  • Advanced Writing Skills Section Project  
  • Summary of Advanced Writing Skills  
  • Introduction to Self-publishing  
  • Summary of My Self-publishing Process  
  • Book Length, Series and Price  

    An author's introduction to the business of self-publishing books.

  • Book Covers: You Have Several Options  
  • Summary of My Self-publishing Courses  
  • Self-publishing Section Project  
  • Summary of Self-publishing  
Writing Sessions
  • Introduction to Writing Sessions  
  • Writing Session: Third Person, Subjective, Past Tense, Thriller  

    Watch over my shoulder as we write the opening lines to a chapter in a suspense thriller. Find the motivation to write by sharing the experience with me.

  • Writing Session: First Person, Character, Past Tense, Thriller  

    Let's work on the same scene again together, only this time we'll use first person perspective.

  • Writing Sessions Section Project  
  • Summary of Writing Sessions  
  • What Now?  
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