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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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Master Your Novel’s 10 Key Scenes

I never planned to write books on novel structure. Nor create online video courses to help teach writers how to craft a solid story.

But after years of blogging on novel writing, producing hundreds of blog posts on the topic, and editing hundreds of manuscripts, I realized writers needed more. Though there were (and are) hundreds of books teaching how to write a novel, I kept wondering why writers were having such a hard time crafting a solid story.

Sometimes too much information is just too much. You know what I mean? There is so much great info on the internet. There are so many terrific online courses and super helpful writing craft books. I hear from writers about their extensive libraries of books designed to teach them how to be great writers.

That’s all good. I have a huge library too, and I buy books all the time. It makes me think of the Scripture in Ecclesiastes: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” (12:12 NKJV). Continue Reading…

Nailing Your One-Sentence Story Concept

I’m launching my new online video course this month, so we’ve been taking a look at key elements novelists need to nail in order to construct a solid story. Whether you “pants it” or plot (see my recent post on that), your story concept has to be terrific to be worth not only your time (writing it) but also your reader’s time (reading it).

How can you expect anyone to devote ten or more of their precious hours to reading your novel if the concept is blah? Not a nice thing to subject anyone to. I, for my part, don’t want to waste anyone’s time, and I certainly don’t want my novels used to help put people to sleep (I’ve watched that malaise befall my husband many a night, but, thankfully, never when reading my novels).

I’m going to pull from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago, when I was first gathering material for my upcoming (now published and very popular) book Layer Your Novel. I’m hoping you’ll see the value of taking the time to work on your story concept to ensure it’s a terrific one.

Be sure to check out my online course, too, if you want to master novel structure. Layering, starting with the ten key scenes, is the ticket. Believe me, I’ve seen many a novelist use this method to great success (and I hear a lot of praise for it week in and week out). Continue Reading…

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