Troubleshoot Your Novel
STUCK AS A PIG IN A POKE? UNSTICK THYSELF AND FIX YOUR DANG BOOK

After completing this, I found that I could find the heart of my plot which meant deleting a few early scenes to get into the action earlier. A vital course for a first-time novelist like me. Five stars (I don’t know if you have stars and they are not visible to me?) Anyway, five claps, pats on the backs, hurrahs, hugs.

Helene du Mauri
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I wish I had found this course sooner.

Seriously. This course never felt like it talked down to me and gave me the swift kick in the pants that apparently, I needed.

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Cheryl Werber
Plotstormers II
Brilliant!

I started this having spent about a year trying to edit. I had cut a couple of chapters I knew needed to go but mostly I fiddled with my manuscript on a sentence level, not really sure what needed to go and nothing really progressed because the the size of the problem I felt lay ahead and a bit intimidated by not knowing where to start on it. This has been a massive step forward and although I’m still not 100% confident I’m on the write track, I feel I’ve built myself a template and a checklist and it’s now in more realistically bite-sized chunks which feels a lot less daunting.

Anna Biggs
Plotstormers II
Plotstormers II

A perfect follow on from Plotstormers. After having problems with my own novel, this course has allowed me to believe in my writing again. Top marks all round

Della Griffiths
Plotstormers II
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Figure out what’s wrong with your story and find a practical solution.
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Suitable for any stage of the novel-writing journey.
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Sarah Lewis

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Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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Troubleshoot Your Novel

Stuck as a pig in a poke? Unstick thyself and fix your dang book

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[/us_iconbox][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069335-6de171b6-a2c05992-f703″ title=”COURSE HOME”][vc_column_text]No matter what stage you’re at, writing a novel can often be an exercise in frustration… But you’re not alone. ALL of us suffer from sticking points, plot issues and existential literary problems. And it can be hard to stay objective and figure out how to fix things. Maybe you know exactly what’s wrong but have no idea how to make it better. Or maybe you know something’s wrong but you can’t quite put your finger on it… In this course, you’ll find out how to identify what’s causing your novel issues, make a plan of action, and utilise a whole bunch of ideas and tips to sort it all out. Whether you’re just starting out, half way through the first draft, or well into your twelfth version of your novel, we’ll help you figure out a fix and get back on that writing horse.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293069387-b07b8985-01f75992-f703″ title=”CURRICULUM”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Part 1: Assess your shit 1) Why are you stuck? 2) Identify your blockages 3) Figure out how to move forward Part 2: The trickiest parts of writing a novel are ALL OF THEM 1) Beginnings 2) Middles 3) Endings Part 3: Tweaking, re-framing, developing 1) Re-plot the sucker 2) Character = plot 3) Look at your story in a different way[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Part 4: Practical tips 1) Ramp up the action 2) How to get out of a writing slump 3) Productive procrastination Part 5: The REAL secret to writing a novel… (shhhh)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570293565423-d19a321c-16ce5992-f703″ title=”HOW IT WORKS”][vc_column_text]1. Enrol Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple. 2. 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. 3. No rush This course is written to be done over a week but if you miss a day or something comes up, don’t panic! Go at your own pace. We’ll be waiting for you in the community forums when you’re ready to catch up. 4. No money? No problem Our membership is the most cost effective way of accessing our courses and the first month is half price. Alternatively, if you have no spare cash, have a look at our Sponsor A Writer scheme. 5. 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1570294476168-e2773d62-62e55992-f703″ title=”WHAT YOU GET”][vc_column_text]
  • Step by step online classes and exercises to lead you through the troubleshooting process and take an objective look at your story.
  • Advice from bestselling authors, including Costa Award-winning Emma Healey, Polari Prize-winning Paul McVeigh, and Bridport Prizewinner Vanessa Gebbie.
  • A practical breakdown of structure, plotting, characterisation, common complaints and sticking points.
  • Tips and techniques for tightening up your writing, keeping your story moving forward, and getting to the finish line.
  • Learn to look at your novel in new ways and break through blockages!
  • Access to our private forum to discuss your problems (and fixes!), and get advice and support from your tutors and fellow troubleshooters.
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Figure out what’s wrong with your story and find a practical solution.

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Suitable for any stage of the novel-writing journey.

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[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”27000″ align=”center” style=”circle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%220px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Sarah Lewis Half of Writers’ HQ Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator size=”small”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”27001″ align=”center” style=”circle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-right%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%220px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Jo Gatford Half of Writers’ HQ Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator][vc_column_text]
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