In case you hadn't noticed yet, writing a novel is haaaaard. And we don't mean walking-up-a-steep-hill hard or having-to-tell-someone-they've-got-cake-on-their-chin hard, we mean like pushing something the size of a watermelon out of something the size of Smarties tube hard. But you know what? Every day, people do it. People have been doing it since the dawn of time. It's one of the reasons that we're so successful-slash-cataclysmic as a species; our ability to do art. It's what we were built for.

Think of this course like hypnobirthing for writers. NCT for novelists. Mothercare for motherfucking wordsmiths. This novel is coming out of you one way or another, we're just here to make the process smoother, calmer, and full of appropriate medication.

This is a badass course for badass writers. You'll start with a plan and finish with a novel. We won't lie: it's full-on. But the results are totally worth it.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

To guide you, step by step, towards a completed first draft novel in six months (or less, or more - it's up to you!)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

You will need some sort of plan for your novel before we start 'cause we're gonna hit the ground running and get writing pretty much straight away. We’re not going to spend a month or two rehashing the basics of plotting – we’re going to crack on with writing writing writing, taking everything we’ve learnt in Plotstormers and going broader, deeper and wordier. YEAH!

DO I NEED TO HAVE TAKEN PLOTSTORMERS FIRST? 

Well, we’d prefer it if you had, but we understand that’s not always possible. So if you already have a plan for your novel and want to join the course, you can, just be aware that we use the Plotstormers format. If you're unsure, give us a yell on hello@writershq.co.uk and we'll help you out.

WHAT YOU GET

Omfg so much stuff!

  • Week-by-week hand-holding to guide you through the process
  • Exercises to help you dive deeper into your story and understand the technicalities and magic of story writing
  • Ideas, examples and inspiration for every step of the way
  • Personalised, focused targets to get you and keep you on track
  • Access to our dedicated student Facebook group for chatting, critiquing and feedback with our amazing community of writers
  • Regular webinars and Facebook Live sessions for questions, pep and general help
  • The option for extra personalised feedback from tutors (note: this is a paid add-on)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    PART 1: Get your house in order

    • WELCOME!

    • THE PLOT SHAKEDOWN

    • TIMETABLING FTW

    • YOUR FIRST SCENE

  • 2

    PART 2: The 1st act

    • PROGRESS CHECK-IN

    • BEGINNINGS...

    • KICKSTART YOUR STORY

  • 3

    PART 3: Inciting stuff

    • A QUICK MIRROR CHECK

    • INCITING INCIDENTS

    • INCITE YOUR STORY

  • 4

    PART 4: Refuse the call

    • PLOTTING CHECK-IN

    • LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU

    • RESEARCH AKA PRODUCTIVE (KIND OF) PROCRASTINATION

  • 5

    PART 5: Set it up

    • TIMETABLING FTW

    • THE STORY SET-UP

    • GET SET, GO!

  • 6

    PART 6: Crisis ahoy!

    • THE FIRST CRISIS

    • YOUR CHARACTER'S WORST FEARS

    • PRODUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION

  • 7

    PART 7: Crossing the threshold

    • CHARACTER GOALS

    • CROSSING THE THRESHOLD

    • INVERSIONS AHOY

  • 8

    PART 8: Subplots

    • DOWNTIME

    • SECONDARY STORY THREADS

    • CONNECTING THE DOTS

  • 9

    PART 9: The second act

    • TWEAKS AND ADJUSTMENTS

    • THE SECOND ACT

    • JUMP INTO THE ACTION

  • 10

    PART 10: Magical midpoints

    • PIVOT ON THE MIDPOINT

    • THE FALSE VICTORY/DEFEAT

    • REACTING TO THE MIDPOINT

  • 11

    PART 11: Midway progress

    • HOW DOES YOUR PROTAG GROW?

    • DIFFERENT TYPES OF SECOND ACT

    • TIGHTENING UP A SAGGY MIDDLE

  • 12

    PART 12: Having a terrible time

    • HAVING A TERRIBLE TIME

    • WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTER LEARNING?

    • WORKING BACKWARDS

  • 13

    PART 13: Pinch points

    • A QUICK PLOT CHECK

    • PINCH PUNCH

    • CHARACTER CHOICES

  • 14

    PART 14: All is lost

    • THE LONG DARK TEATIME OF THE SOUL

    • LAYERS OF BASTARDY

    • ALL IS LOST CHECKLIST

  • 15

    PART 15: Navel gazing

    • YET ANOTHER MIRROR MOMENT

    • ELEMENTS OF NAVEL GAZING

    • A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (AGAIN)

  • 16

    PART 16: The third act

    • A BRIEF PEP TALK

    • THE THIRD ACT

    • PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER

  • 17

    PART 17: Pull yourself together

    • KEEP MOVING FORWARD

    • RALLY THE TROOPS

    • HOW'RE THOSE SUBPLOTS DOIN'?

  • 18

    PART 18: Slaying the bad guys

    • PICKING OFF THE LITTLE GUYS

    • CRANK UP THE TENSION

    • BACK TO CHARACTERISATION 101

  • 19

    PART 19: Failure

    • PLOT REVIEW

    • #FAIL

    • SETTING UP THE CLIMAX

  • 20

    PART 20: The climax

    • SLAYING THE BIG BOSS

    • HEART-STOPPING CLIMACTIC SCENES

    • REACHING A SATISFYING CLIMAX

  • 21

    PART 21: Wrapping up

    • THE HARD SLOG TO THE END

    • THE WRAP UP

    • ELEMENTS OF A GREAT ENDING

  • 22

    PART 22: Endings & loose ends

    • SWITCH IT UP

    • TYING UP THE LOOSE ENDS

    • ENDING STRUCTURE

  • 23

    PART 23: The final sprint

    • THE EMOTIONAL ENDING

    • HEADING FOR THE FINISH LINE

    • WHERE YOU AT?

  • 24

    PART 24: What to do with a first draft

    • HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED?

    • WHAT TO DO WITH A FIRST DRAFT - PART 1

    • WHAT TO DO WITH A FIRST DRAFT - PART 2

  • 25

    PART 25: What comes next?

    • WHAT NOW?

    • DEBRIEFING TIME

    • YOU FUCKING ROCK