Course description

How To Write A Novel Step By Step With The Correct Structure : How To Write A Novel Outline

First of all, an author has an idea: it may be small but it grows over the weeks and months until he or she decides it's time to get the story down on paper! This is the start of a long and exciting road, and it can be quite daunting.

The good news is that learning how to write a novel is a skill than can be learned, and the best way of learning it is to do it. However, the process is much easier if you have guidelines, a kind of road map to success with your first novel. This course is the road-map you need. You will learn the following novel writing essentials:

  • How to write novels with a viable main plot

  • How to write a novel outline with subplots to augment and improve your main plot

  • To represent your novel in the form of a Story Arc

  • Tips for writing great main characters with realism

  • Advice for writing support characters

  • How to apply backstory, conflict and tension into your novel

  • How to write dialogue to support characterization

  • How to self-edit your first novel using online tools

  • How to publish after writing your first novel

Recent Reviews:

  • Easy to understand and goes in to a lot of detail about terms and what they mean. I really appreciate that in a course! Ended up learning more even though I thought I knew it all going in to the course! I would recommend his course if you want to get a better knowledge of character creation, story telling, and overall things you might have missed. (Especially, if you're like me and think you know everything.) All in all the instructor presents a wealth of information and what you should do in your novel writing! It is very helpful and easy to understand! (Donalda Feith)


  • Much better than the run of the mill. Gives useful information that can be used right now to begin writing. I like the way the course is organized, taking nothing for granted but not talking down to students either. The pace is great. All in all, thoroughly recommended. (Lars Peterson)


  • I was looking for a good grounding in novel writing, and this gives a really good outline of the process. I've learned new things (Perry Carver)


  • I like the way James spends time on each topic. English is not my language (French) and I need some good tips for writing good prose. 'How To Write A Novel' looks good, and contains some solid tips. (Benoit Fourrier)

How To Write A Novel The Structured Way

Whew! There's a lot to take in, but it really does flow logically once you see how all the elements of a modern novel fit together and help to improve your novel writing skills. Even beginners can succeed at novel writing if you are well organized and the manuscript is planned well.

The course 'How To Write A Novel' will guide you through the essential steps to a successful novel, even if you have no experience. You need to bring your idea and the willingness to want to learn how to write your first novel, that's the main thing.

How To Write A Novel (without having a break-down)

The title of this course is self-explanatory, in that it is designed to help you write the story you have always wanted to write, through explaining the various elements of novel writing through the course of its lectures. I would like to applaud you for taking your first step towards novel writing; writing your first novel is not easy, and acknowledging that you even want to do something about the story that you have in your head is a huge event. 

I understand that this can’t be easy, mainly when the idea of novel writing seems to stand out scarily and appears to present pictures of people sitting in dingy rooms, furiously typing away on their rusty typewriters with no sense of time or anything else – just writing (or trying to write) their first novel book.

This stereotypical image associated with writing can often put people off learning how to write a novel in a structured manner, because they begin to fear the amount of work related to it. However, this course is designed in a manner that allows you to be able to consume small parts of the novel writing process without it becoming an overwhelming experience for you - you will learn how to write a novel painlessly! 

Quite often, aspiring writers tend to think they lack the expertise required and don't know how to write a novel-length story successfully – but that’s where you’re wrong. Armed with enough dedication and information, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to do this!

Through the course of this course, various lectures outline and attempt to answer any questions you might have had about the various aspects of novel writing. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner – we begin right with the basics, and go all the way to novel completion, with the additions of suggestions regarding editing and publishing as well.

The lectures focus on a wide range of topics, from dialogue use, to world building and structuring your narrative – giving you everything you need to get started on that novel you always wanted to write. 

Be open to learning on this journey towards becoming a more efficient and thoughtful writer – and you will be surprised by what you discover about yourself (and your novel writing skills) by the end of this journey. 

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Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to learn how to write novels


  • You want to learn how to write a novel step by step
  • Keen to learn the essentials of how to write a novel
  • Probably have an outline in mind to write novels and need to learn how to write it
  • You have previous creative writing experience

What you'll learn:

  • Understand how to write a novel outline
  • Understand and how to apply the story arc to write a novel
  • How to write a novel step by step with subplots and complex story arc
  • How to write novels with realistic characters
  • How to write novels with the correct theme and setting for the genre
  • Know how to write novels with conflict and tension
  • How to write narrative and appropriate point of view for a novel
  • How to write a good novel outline for your first book
  • How to write compelling dialogue for a novel
  • How to edit your first novel and find online resources to help
  • How to publish after writing your first novel
  • How to publish a novel on Amazon Kindle and write a winning description

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How To Write A Novel : Introduction

  • 2

    How To Write A Novel : Story Development, Narrative and Setting

    • The Story Arc

    • Subplots

    • Narrative and POV

    • Setting

  • 3

    How To Write A Novel : Conflict, Characters and Dialogue

    • Conflict and Tension

    • Characters

    • Support Characters

    • Dialogue

  • 4

    How To Write A Novel : Editing and Publishing

    • How To Write A Novel - Publishing

    • Amazon Kindle Publishing

    • How To Write A Novel - Editing

  • 5

    How To Write A Novel : Conclusion and Bonuses

    • Conclusion

  • 6

    BONUS SECTION: More About Characters

    • The Character's Place In The Story

    • Character Analysis and Profile Creation

    • The Character Arc

    • Character Types

    • Characterization

    • Describing Characters

    • How To Introduce Characters

    • Resource 1

    • Resource 2 - Character arcs

Meet your instructor!

James Bruce
SEO Expert, Marketer, Author, and Teacher

The scope of Jim's divers courses reflect his interest and proficiency in many subject areas. Earning a living online for 10 years now, his interests span topics such as on page SEO, to creating blues guitar lessons, to writing novels and movie scripts, to Wordpress Tutorials.

Writing primarily in the science fiction genre, Jim Bruce, is fascinated with the possibilities that this type of fiction brings, but also in the actual craft of screenwriting.

Jim devoured his dad's collection of science fiction books at an early age, often reading collections of short fiction collected together under titles such as 'Fantastic Stories', or 'Look To The Stars' under his bed covers way into the night.

The possibilities, the 'what ifs' of sci-fi provide Jim with the enthusiasm to live life to the full - anything is possible, and there are more things in the great out-there than we can possibly write about. Curiosity is the spur that drives him on to create, not just fiction, but political comment, music and poetry. 

Born in the North of UK in 1950, where he attended schools in Creswell, Nottinghamshire and Shirebrook. He has had more jobs than he can remember, including working in the coal mines, teacher, electrician, mechanic, circus laborer, farm hand, channel tunnel engineer, industrial robot programmer, website builder and professional blues guitar player/teacher.

He has been resident in UK, USA, Germany, France and Portugal, where he currently lives and writes.

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"How To Write A Novel For Beginners"