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Book Within You

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Course Overview

This course is designed to get you focused and to help you channel those creative skills to achieve your writing goals.

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20 Modules

159 Lessons

Knowledge Checks

Digital Workbook

Certificate

Tutor Support

Course Value $620

Course Description

They say we all have at least one book within us! What's your story? Whether you're brand new or stuck in the middle of writing your novel, this is the course that will help you to successfully kick start your career as an author. You will be introduced to which writing techniques to use and when to use them, as well as how to deliver your message in a way that connects with your reader. As an added bonus, learn the insider secrets to promoting yourself within the publishing industry and self-publishing options.

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  • MODULE 1 • 5 LESSONS

    FIRST STEPS INTO WRITING


    • Introduction to Writing
    • Some Additional Tips
    • Getting Started
    • Publishing and Thinking Like a Writer
    • Practical Exercise 1

  • MODULE 2 • 5 LESSONS

    DEVELOPING YOUR INDIVIDUAL VOICE


    • Style, Tone and Voice
    • Introduction to Point of View and First Person
    • Second and Third Person
    • Omniscient Person View and Perspectives
    • Practical Exercise 2

  • MODULE 3 • 5 LESSONS

    SETTING


    • What is a Setting?
    • The Eight Elements of Setting
    • Fictional Settings and Real Settings
    • Bringing Settings in a Novel to Life
    • Practical Exercise 3

  • MODULE 4 • 6 LESSONS

    PLOTTING A NOVEL


    • Planning a Novel
    • How to Plot a Novel
    • Plotting a Novel's Beginning
    • Plotting the Tricky Middle
    • Plotting a Novel's Ending
    • Practical Exercise 4

  • MODULE 5 • 7 LESSONS

    CHARACTER CREATION


    • An Introduction to Character Creation
    • Assembling the Novel's Cast
    • Assembling the Novel's Cast (Cont.)
    • How to Create Characters – Step 1
    • How to Create Characters – Step 2
    • Saying Goodbye
    • Practical Exercise 5

  • MODULE 6 • 5 LESSONS

    CHARACTER HOOKS


    • The Hooks
    • Hook 1: Unique Character Hook
    • Examples of Unique Character Hooks
    • More Examples
    • Practical Exercise 6

  • MODULE 7 • 5 LESSONS

    EVOCATION HOOKS


    • Examples of Evocative Hooks
    • More Examples
    • More Examples (Cont.)
    • No Evocative Hooks
    • Practical Exercise 7

  • MODULE 8 • 8 LESSONS

    FORESHADOWING HOOKS


    • Hook 3: Foreshadowing With or Without Warning hook
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
    • No Foreshadowing With or Without Warning Hooks
    • Practical Exercise 8

  • MODULE 9 • 11 LESSONS

    DIALOGUE HOOKS


    • Shocking or Surprising Dialogue Hooks
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
    • Example 6
    • Example 7
    • Example 8
    • No Shocking or Witty Dialogue Hooks
    • Practical Exercise 9

  • MODULE 10 • 8 LESSONS

    HOOK PLACEMENT


    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
    • Example 6
    • Hook Placement
    • Practical Exercise 10

  • MODULE 11 • 15 LESSONS

    PROLOGUES AND CHAPTERS


    • Prologues
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Opening a Chapter
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
    • Ending a Chapter
    • Example 6
    • Example 7
    • Example 8
    • Example 9
    • Example 10
    • Example 11
    • Practical Exercise 11

  • MODULE 12 • 10 LESSONS

    BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS


    • Opening and Ending Scenes
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Example 4
    • Example 5
    • Example 6
    • End of Book
    • Most Common Questions About Hooks
    • Practical Exercise 12

  • MODULE 13 • 8 LESSONS

    STORYTELLING AND PLOT


    • Storytelling Essentials
    • What ‘Show Not Tell’ is Not
    • When to Tell
    • What are the Fundamentals of Plot?
    • Four C's of a Good Plot
    • Finding Coherence
    • Where do Plots Come From?
    • Practical Exercise 13

  • MODULE 14 • 9 LESSONS

    THEME AND BACKSTORY


    • Plot from Theme
    • Other Ways to Overstate Themes
    • Challenge your Themes, Issues and Messages
    • Are you Looking for Trouble?
    • Making the Conflict Matter
    • Back Story
    • Back Story (Continued)
    • Flashbacks
    • Practical Exercise 14

  • MODULE 15 • 5 LESSONS

    EXPOSITION AND MYSTERY


    • What’s Happening?
    • You Are Here
    • Mystery
    • The Power of Choices
    • Practical Exercise 15

  • MODULE 16 • 7 LESSONS

    TROUBLESHOOTING


    • When the Reader Stops Believing
    • Obstacle Overcome too Quickly
    • Characters Tread Water
    • Unavoidable Plot Events and Devices
    • Contrived Conflicts and Dumb Plot Moves
    • Why Don't They Give Up?
    • Practical Exercise 16

  • MODULE 17 • 9 LESSONS

    SUBPLOTS AND PACING


    • Do You Need a Subplot?
    • Subplots that Steal the Show
    • Subplot Not Developed
    • Story Structure and Plot Points
    • Middle is Predictable or Uninteresting
    • Pace: The Storyteller’s Spell
    • Back Story at the Beginning
    • Pace Yourself to Edit Well
    • Practical Exercise 17

  • MODULE 18 • 8 LESSONS

    ENDINGS


    • Endings
    • Should You Tie Up All the Ends?
    • End is Unsatisfying
    • Ending Outstays its Welcome
    • Ending with a Different Emphasis
    • End is too Abrupt
    • Don’t Introduce Anything New
    • Practical Exercise 18

  • MODULE 19 • 9 LESSONS

    BEGINNINGS


    • Beginnings and Prologues
    • Starting with a Dream
    • Starting with Confusing Details
    • Starting with Minor Characters
    • Hook the Reader with Head and Heart
    • Prologues: Yay and Nay
    • The Hero’s Journey
    • The Hero’s Journey (Continued)
    • Practical Exercise 19

  • MODULE 20 • 12 LESSONS

    PLOTTING


    • Has the Worst Happened?
    • Check the Point of View
    • Rock your Structure
    • Creating a Subplot
    • The Synopsis
    • Top 9 Novice Mistakes with Plot
    • Inner Conflict: Keep it Hidden
    • Un-inventing the Cellphone
    • Dreams
    • Fantasy Sequences, Parallel Worlds, Timeslips and Genre Mixing
    • Stories within Stories, Books within Books
    • Beginning belongs to a different kind of novel

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