Writing a Novel They Can't Put Down

The Inside Secrets of Bestselling Fiction

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From the #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell comes powerhouse instruction on the secrets of popular fiction.

Based on Bell's popular one-day fiction workshops, this course takes you into the deep layers of can't-put-it-down storytelling. The videos, slides, and handouts are packed with tools and techniques - and no fluff. You'll learn:

• The 7 critical success factors of fiction
• Character-driven v. plot-driven. What's the difference?
• The secure foundation that never fails
• The absolute essentials of structure
• How to write without dull parts
• How to write scenes with no dull parts
• The fastest way to improve your manuscript
• The amazing power of writing "from the middle"
• How to create "jump off the page" characters
• Giving your novel a deeper meaning
• The secret of "voice" in fiction
• Power revision
• Becoming an idea-generating factory
• Top ten ways to get ideas

And more! Find out what the bestselling authors do over and over again... and how you can do the same thing each time you write a novel.

Your Instructor

James Scott Bell
James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award, and the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, and thrillers including Final Witness, Romeo’s Rules, Don’t Leave Me, Blind Justice, and many more.

Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and several books for the legal profession. He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written five craft books for Writer's Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense and Just Write. For more, visit his website: www.jamesscottbell.com.

What they are saying about James Scott Bell…

"I needed advice before I tried to write a novel. The usual axiom — write what you know — wasn't helpful. So I turned to James Scott Bell. He taught me how to structure a great entrance — the equivalent of gliding down a spiral staircase in a wedding gown — and how to keep the next 400 pages from becoming as hopelessly tangled as the crumpled papers and wads of gum in my old desk. My novel sold." – Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me

"Time well spent. I expect Jim's teaching to inform my writing for years." Jerry B. Jenkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"James Scott Bell elevates the subtleties of plot, structure, and conflict to an art form. An hour at one of his workshops is game-changing." – Kami Garcia, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling Co-Author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels & Author of Unbreakable (The Legion Series)

"I had a novel with problems I didn't know how to solve. After James Scott Bell's class, I knew the solutions. This was easily the most practical writing class I ever attended. I sold my novel using what I learned." — Darrell James, author of Nazareth Child

"I am inspired by Bell's enthusiastic approach, and impressed with his numerous, helpful insights into the craft of storytelling." – Bill Marsilii, screenwriter, Deja vu

"I’ve competed your brilliant course. Thank you! I’ve made so many notes and will be revisiting the videos on a regular basis. Thanks for doing all you do to help writers. I’m in Sweden where resources for those of us writing in English are few and I’m forced to rely on guys like you and the RWA. You are MUCH appreciated!" - Ruth Kvarnström-Jones

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Do I have continued access to this course?
Yes. After enrolling, you have access to ALL the course materials, video lectures and downloadable pdfs. You can access the materials whenever you like, across any and all devices you own.
What is your refund policy?
We want you to be happy with the course! If you're not satisfied, let us know within 30 days of purchase and we will issue you a refund.

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