Magnificent Middles: For many writers, the most difficult part of a novel to write is the middle. Even professionals who outline well will often find that at the midpoint, they tend to second-guess their work, sit back and analyze their opening, consider their ending, and try to figure out how to get there in a […]
Think you’re ready to begin your novel? The new author is faced with a lot of tasks: introducing his world, his characters, and building his story. For most people, starting well is a struggle. This workshop will help guide you through the process of writing that difficult opening. Many people would like to write a […]
In this workshop you will learn why you need to become your own editor, and you’ll get an overview of the editorial process. You’ll learn why it’s important to make multiple passes while editing, and Dave will help introduce you to some of the best tools to guide you as you revise your novel. Acquisitions […]
In Writing Mastery 2, the focus will be on your story, which means that you will spend more time brainstorming scenes and working to build your story as a whole. Many of these exercises are designed to help you see your story in a new way, brainstorm new scenes, and then begin writing them, so […]
What are the nine most common weaknesses that keep new authors from publishing successfully? This course will help you identify these problems and overcome them, strengthening your own writing through education and practice. Each topic is addressed in a taped lesson, followed by learning material, recommended reading, and a writing assignment. Learn to take your writing […]
You’ve read stories that absolutely swept you away into another world, stories made you forget you were reading and ultimately left you changed. This course is designed to teach you how to capture your reader’s imagination and then hold the reader enthralled through your entire novel. Week 1: How to Enchant Your Reader. In our first […]
Creating a story is like putting a puzzle together, one with missing or misleading pieces. In this course, you’ll learn how to recognize what pieces of your story you have (such as characters, scenes, or conflicts), determine what pieces are still missing, and fashion the pieces you need. Dave will show you how to create imaginative settings […]
This course is based on David Farland’s book, The Million Dollar Outline. In it, David walks you through the steps to develop an outline for your novel, giving you information for each step from Setting, Characters, and Conflicts to building your plots, working on theme and treatment of your story.