Troubleshoot Your Novel

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

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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, five claps, pats on the backs, hurrahs, hugs.
- Helene du Mauri

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Five part course, rolling access

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COURSE HOME

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.

CURRICULUM

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

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)

HOW IT WORKS

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.

WHAT YOU GET
  • 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.

Figure out what’s wrong with your story and find a practical solution.

Suitable for any stage of the novel-writing journey.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

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I took Plotstormers and used it to plot and write my fourth novel. HarperCollins bought it on proposal! Sent it to my editor two months before my deadline and she loved it. Thank you Jo and Sarah. Plotstormers is fabulous!

Hannah McKinnon

Author of Her Secret Son

Loved it – though ideas I came up with were a bit mad ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Excellent content and some great feedback – even if it all got very silly from me on the writing/ideas front..

Vernon

Seven Ideas In Seven Days

SUPER SPLENDID IDEA GENERATING JOY! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’d been feeling like I’d lost the ability to generate ideas but this course gave me my confidence back. You’ll get the chance to play around with some really fun exercises and just see what happens! I got at least seven really decent ideas to develop further. It’s great value for money and will really give you a great big creative kick. Five gold stars from me!

Lela

Seven Ideas In Seven Days

Thought-provoking and challenging. Well worth it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a fantastic course. It helped me step back from my manuscript, asked me difficult questions about plot, consistency and character that I’d been happily ignoring, and helped me to deal with each issue in easy to manage chunks rather than one overwhelming beast. The forums are so useful. Being able to talk to other people in a similar situation to myself, and giving as well as receiving feedback was just as important for me to learn as the course material was. I’m already booked on my next course!

Sarah

Plotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back

TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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