Learn how to plot a novel from beginning to end and make your story compelling, complex and memorable
Writers’ HQ’s five-star novel plotting 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 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 (relatively) painlessly.
Over six weeks (or as long as you need!), 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’.
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.
THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE
What are you *really* writing about? What shape is your story? Writing non-linear stories.
The Magical 16 Point Plot Planner of Your Dreams
Why the midpoint is the most glorious point of your story
Make your end kick-ass awesome
Turning chapters into scenes
GETTING READY TO WRITE
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Members get access to special buddy groups and accountability logs, and you’ll often find Sarah and Jo loitering on the forums instead of doing their own writing.
Live Q&As with Sarah and Jo and other member-exclusive webinars
Hone your craft by getting answers to your writerly questions and exploring your challenges with regular online events, including live Q&As with Sarah and Jo, Flash Fiction write-a-longs, and advanced journaling skills.
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