Join us for a special New Year edition of our famous, 5* Plotstormers course and plot your novel in just six weeks, alongside an incredible community of other writers, all on the same journey as you.
Plotstormers LIVE includes all the course material and daily emails to keep you on track, six live seminars with Sarah and Jo so you can talk over your work and have your questions answered, incredible community support, and a professional critique of your final outline.
Writers’ HQ’s online novel planning 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, live seminars, 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.
- READ: Foundation garments for a shapely story
- WATCH: Authors on starting, planning, and thinking
- WRITE: Emotions, morals, and castles
- WRITE: The Ridiculously Reductive Four Point Plot Planner
- READ: Planning non-linear stories
- WRITE: The Slightly Less Reductive Seven Point Plot Planner
- DISCUSSION: And relax
Love for Plotstormers
I've plotted a bloody novel!
I can't believe I have 24 plotted chapters that make sense (as far as I can see). It has been great fun and has really helped me understand who and what the story is about. So excited about my whole project now! Thanks Writers HQ. It's a millio...
Outstanding - Five Stars.
I've finally got an outline I feel really confident of - I'm absolutely thrilled! Thank you so much!
I found the idea of plotting intimidating... Until now!
I've mainly been a pantser when it comes to writing, beyond some very vague plans consisting of three bullet points for the beginning, middle and end of where I wanted my story to go. To be perfectly honest, this was because the idea of writing an...
Thank you so much! Your sweary motivation helped me get through plotting - something which I've tried but never finished. There were points I thought that there was no way to make my outline seem interesting, but with the encouragement to keep twe...