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Build-A-Book: A step-by-step primer on building a book

11 Lessons in Plotting and Drafting

You're writing a book...but suddenly...

  • You're stuck because you don't know where to take your characters next.
  • Or, your plot feels dull
  • Or, egads, you see another book just like it come out!
  • And you just wish you knew your hard work was producing a book that will sell.

I understand. Having written 50 books, I promise you, I encounter those thoughts in every single book. But, after fifty novels, I have found a few tricks on pushing through, getting the words on the page and making sure I'm creating a powerful story.

Would you like to learn my secrets? Watch a book come together, see how I wrestle through these plot and character issues, layer the plot onto the page, weave in emotions and create tension?

Then the Build-a-Book series if for you!

In this class, build a book with me, RITA award-winning, best-selling novelist Susan May Warren. I will bring you inside the storycrafting process, teaching you how to create characters, a plot, develop conflict, the black moment, the epiphany and finally… the happy ending.

Experience the creation process, watch the decisions that plot each step of our hero’s journey, learn the nuances of crafting a story, and get the tools to write your own novel.

At the end of the series you can read the book we created together! I’m really excited to share my secrets and let you peek behind the curtain.

You too can Build-a-Book.


The Build-a-Book project is a video series of 11 Lessons that follow Susan’s plotting and drafting of You Don’t Have to be a Star. Susie explains the decisions and that go into her draft of the novella, and teaches different techniques she employs. Originally aired live, these lessons form a primer that you can follow to brainstorm, plot, and draft your novel. You'll get a a copy of You Don’t Have to be a Star. Included in the course are the video recordings and PDF notes for each of these sessions:

  • Build-a-Book Lesson 1: Brainstorming Your Best Idea
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 2: Plot Your Chatacter's Journey
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 3: Creating a Powerful Story Arc
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 4: Get the Story on the Page
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 5: Chapter 1 - Secrets to Starting Your Story!
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 6: Chapter 2 - Tools for Hooking Your Reader!
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 7: Chapter 3 - How to Build the Noble Quest
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 8: Chapter 4 - Keep Your Momentum
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 9: Chapter 5 - Emotional Layering
  • Build-a-Book Lesson 10: Chapter 6 - Show Versus Tell
  • Build-a-Book Bonus Lesson: The Final Chapters - Creating the Happy Ending


 

Your Instructor


Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over fifty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill, Summerside Press and Revell Books. Two time Christy winner, RITA winner, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol award. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the book, The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of Novel.Academy the school for novelists that builds writing careers!


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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