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The Blueprint to Writing a Terrific Novel

Something remarkable happens today. And it has the potential to be a turning point in your writing career.

My friend and colleague, New York Times best-selling author Jerry Jenkins (the guy who wrote the Left Behind series), has just opened spots in his most comprehensive novel-writing program in more than forty years of teaching writers.

It’s called Your Novel BlueprintYou can find all the information right here.

But here’s a quick overview of what you get when you sign up:

  • Lifetime access to 84 video lessons that take you step-by-step through Jerry’s entire novel-writing process. He’ll guide you from start to finish, all the way to a completed manuscript.
  • Instructions for every writing session, so you’ll never stare at a blank screen wondering what to do next. You’ll love the confidence that comes from a clear purpose and direction each time you sit down to write.
  • A PERSONAL VIDEO from Jerry, evaluating your novel idea, in which he’ll tell you what he thinks works, what could improve, and how to make it as compelling as possible for agents or acquisition editors. His goal is to give you confidence in the foundation of your novel before you spend months building on it.
  • A FREE Professional Critique of your novel’s first 10 pages from a celebrated, award-winning novelist or editor from Jerry’s stable of handpicked experts.
  • Exclusive access to the private Your Novel Blueprint Facebook page (currently 475 members strong), where you can get to know fellow members and interact about your works in progress. This has become a most popular feature and many have formed mutual accountability groups. You can also post pieces of your work for informal evaluation and ask Jerry questions about any aspect of your novel. He says this community impresses him every day!
  • An invitation to a live, in-person Mastermind Session Jerry hosts annually after you and fellow members finish your novels—a full day of group coaching and in-depth conversation about your writing…and a chance to celebrate all you’ve accomplished! Jerry says many have established lifelong friendships here.
  • Access to Jerry’s Query Letter and Proposal Package, everything you need to confidently pitch your manuscript to agents and publishers. It includes his guide, How to Impress Agents and Editors (what decision makers look for and how to make your work stand out), access to 2 novel proposals that resulted in best sellers (you can use these as templates for your own proposals), and his 90-minute seminar, How to Write Winning Queries and Proposals.

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MasterClass Online Classes with Amazing Writers

If you’re not familiar with the site MasterClass, I want to encourage you to check it out. In addition to terrific writing classes with top writers, they offer a whole lot of neat classes, including basketball with Steph Curry (how cool is that?), Serena Williams teaching tennis, and cooking classes with expert chefs.

Yes, this is a plug for a site of which I’m an affiliate. But I don’t promote many companies. I think MasterClass is classy! I’ve taken a few of their classes so far, including James Patterson’s and Steve Martin’s (comedy) classes. They are all lifetime access and $180.

They’ve recently added a whole lot more courses, including ones on filmmaking (the one with Jodie Foster is on my list!).

I’m posting below the descriptions of some of the great writing courses I would encourage you to check out. Just go to MasterClass HERE and scroll through the many courses available. Their platform, design, course structure, and videos are top-notch! Continue Reading…

Why You Need A Book Bible and How to Start One

Today’s guest post is by Natasha D. Lane.

Writing is often seen as a sudden burst of creativity. The muses appear on our shoulders, whispering inspiration in our ears. Our artistic souls are charged and our fingers move across the keyboard with an urgent ease.

Though the poetic image of a carefree writer typing out masterpieces may be appealing, it’s not realistic. If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll know the scene I described above is not how writing works. Writing, like many arts, is a process that requires patience, discipline, and organization which is where a book bible comes in handy.

What Is A Book Bible?

A book bible is a document that contains all significant information related to a book or a book series. There aren’t any hard and fast rules to building your bible. However, it should be written in a way that finding specific information is easy. If a reader were to get their hands on your bible and read through it, they should understand how your entire book/series plays out. Continue Reading…

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