Is it your dream to write a novel but you just don’t know where to start?
Have you started writing only to run out of ideas?
Are you suffering from self-doubt about whether you’re good enough to write a novel?
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the information and craft books out there?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.
I’ve written 12 novels as J.F.Penn, hitting the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestseller lists. I’ve sold over half a million books in 74 countries and 5 languages … but I started out just like you.
Maybe you can relate?
I always dreamed of writing a novel but I thought I wasn’t good enough.
I didn’t know anything about how stories worked, and I didn’t even have any ideas. Years of working in the corporate world had buried my creative side and I didn’t know how to find it again. Self-doubt and lack of confidence made me feel that writing a novel was an impossible dream.
I had no clue where to start and I worked a stressful, full-time job, so I had no time or the self-discipline to write. I was also afraid that writing would be a waste of time and even if I did finish a novel, it would be a failure.
But after years of putting it off, I finally started writing my first novel, Stone of Fire, in November 2009. In April 2011, that first novel came out and I caught the writing bug!
I’ve kept on writing since then, eventually leaving my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur.
So, it is possible to write your novel and change your life. I know because I’ve been through the journey and in this course, I share how you can do it too.
In fact, the Association of American Publishers cite a survey showing that 82% of people want to write a book, but only a tiny fraction of them go on to actually write one.
Are you ready to be one of the successful few and finally write your own novel?
The writing craft is like an iceberg.
You only need to know a small amount, the little bit above the water, in order to write a novel. Once you have mastered that, then you can spend the rest of your writing life exploring those hidden depths in subsequent books.
There’s always more to learn and discover about the craft of writing, but if you try and understand everything before you’ve even written your first book, you will end up confused and overwhelmed!
This course cuts through the noise and gives you what you NEED to know in order to get that book written.
What's inside the course?
How to Write a Novel is a step-by-step guide to understanding story structure and the elements of a novel, and then writing and editing your manuscript.
There are videos for every lesson as well as downloadable audio and PDF slides so you can learn at your own pace and in your preferred format. The core modules include:
Module 1: First Principles. Story structure, genre, and understanding what you’re actually writing as well as the mindset you’ll need to make it to the end of your novel.
Module 2: Ideas, Research and Planning. How to find and gather ideas for your story as well as how to research what you need to make it come alive.
Module 3: Aspects of a Novel. The essentials of what you need to know in order to write your novel, including character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, theme and more.
Module 4: Writing and Editing your Manuscript. Outlining, plotting and discovery writing. How to write that first draft and get the words on the page as fast as possible, plus how to use Scrivener software. Self editing, finding and working with a professional editor.
Module 5: What’s next? An overview of your publishing options and your plan to finish your novel.
Plus, extra Q&A videos with Joanna Penn based on the questions you have during the course.