Plotstormers

How to plot a novel, from idea to outline in six weeks

Learn how to plot a novel from beginning to end and make your stories compelling, complex and memorable

Writers’ HQ’s online creative writing course means you can learn the fundamentals of plotting your story, wherever you are in the world. Designed to fit around everyday life and a busy schedule, you will start with a simple idea, and finish with a comprehensive outline of your novel ready to be first drafted.

They say everyone has a novel inside them – the tricky part is getting it out without painful invasive surgery. This in-depth online plotting course contains everything you need to plan out your story from start to finish so that you’re rip roaring ready to get that first draft out, without too much swearing.

Over the six weeks, we’ll help you to build a practical understanding of story structure and plotting. By the end, you’ll walk away with a comprehensive outline of your story and a plan for what to do next (clue: write!).

Exercises, examples, group discussion, swearing and crying will enable you to grow your fictional world and build your story plan, taking it from ‘idea in your head’ to ‘actual real story that’s ready to be properly written’.

You’ll learn the fundamental elements that make up every good plot and the basics of story structure; explore who’s in your story, what their roles are, and how to make your characters compelling; how to add tension and conflict to your story; how good beginnings, middles and ends work; how to break your story down into chapters and scenes and more; and what to do with your outline once you have it.

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£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£90. Six months of single course access.

Explore the fundamentals of structuring a story and how to use and abuse the rules to best suit your story

Finish the course with a chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene outline of your story and a plan of what to do next

Join our lovely little online community to support you through plotstorming and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • Daily online classes and exercises to lead you, step-by-step, towards a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene outline of your story, ready and waiting to be first drafted.
  • Lessons from brilliant authors who are at the top of their game, including Costa Award winner Emma Healey, Polari Prize winner Paul McVeigh, and Bridport Prize winner Vanessa Gebbie.
  • Lessons on story structure and how to make your story fit or break the rules.
  • Learn how to turn big picture chapter ideas into unputdownable scenes with believable and complex characters.
  • Access to our private Forum to discuss ideas and techniques, and get advice from your tutors and fellow writers.
  • Weekly inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

WEEK 1: THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE
What are you *really* writing about? What’s the fundamental human truth at the bottom of your novel? What shape is your story? Get that first, very brief, very reductive outline nailed

WEEK 2: FINALLY, THE BEGINNING
The Magical 16 Point Plot Planner of Your Dreams

WEEK 3: AND NOW THE MIDDLE
Why the midpoint is the most glorious point of your story

WEEK 4: IN A SURPRISE TURN OF EVENTS, LET’S LOOK AT THE END
Make your end kick-ass awesome

WEEK 5: AND THEN?
Turning chapters into scenes

WEEK 6: GETTING READY TO WRITE
What now?

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ AND PLOTSTORMERS

HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you how to access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    This course is designed to be done over six weeks but you can be as quick or take as long as you like. There are different options for course access below so pick the one that works best for you.

  • No money? No problem

    We’d love to give our courses away but we have a terrible notepad and clicky pen habit to keep up. Our membership is pretty cheap though, and if you’re really struggling check out our bursaries page and see if we can help.

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

GET STARTED NOW

£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£90. Six months of single course access.

*When you book a place you’ll receive an email detailing how to access the course material. It can take about five minutes to come through, and remember to check your spam folder.

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