What you'll learn
Plot an entire novel from start to finish (in 15 steps)
Understand what makes novels successful
Craft a compelling "novel road map" or outline for a new novel
Obtain a deeper understanding of plot and story structure
Develop an effective revision plan for an existing novel
Determine what's broken in an existing novel manuscript
Discover the secret storytelling code found in all great stories
Analyze successful movies and novels using the storytelling code
A notebook and pen/pencil or a computer/tablet
The desire to write or revise a novel!
Anyone can write a successful novel.
You just need to understand what makes a novel successful…
Have you ever noticed that your favorite books and movies follow a similar pattern? Have you noticed that there’s something specific that happens about 25% of the way through the story that sends the story in a new direction? Or that huge plot twists tend to come right in the dead center of the story? Or that 75% of the way through there’s usually distinct “low point” or “rock bottom” where all seems lost for the main character?
If you have, then you’ve stumbled upon the secret storytelling code.
The secret storytelling code can be found in all great stories ever told. Movies, novels, novellas, plays, memoirs, short stories. Wherever there’s a narrative being told, the code is there, hidden beneath the surface.
This code (which inspired Blake Snyder’s famous Save the Cat! plotting method) is made up of 15 key story “beats,” or “plot points.” The beats are markers along the path of the story that are used to track a character’s journey and ultimate transformation. And strung together, in the right order, these 15 beats make up a blueprint that anyone can follow to write a successful novel.
Since discovering these 15 key story beats and harnessing their immeasurable power, bestselling author and award-winning writing instructor, Jessica Brody has sold more than 17 novels to major publishers like Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan. Her novels have been translated and published in over 23 countries and two are even in development as major motions pictures. Also, Jessica is repeatedly hired by Disney Press to develop and write novels based on popular Disney properties like the Disney Princess and the Disney Descendants franchises.
Jessica Brody is a certified instructor of the Save the Cat! plotting method and, in the past five years, has taught thousands of novelists from around the world how to harness the power of the 15 key story.
Now, in this one-of-a-kind online master class on plot and story structure, Jessica Brody shares her profound knowledge on the topic of novel writing and expertly guides writers (new and seasoned alike!) through the elements of plot, story structure, and character transformation, and ultimately helps them discover the secrets to what makes a novel really resonate with readers.
"This course is a must for anyone trying to write an amazing story." - CHLOE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Absolutely brilliant. So insightful..." - JAYNE, UDEMY STUDENT
"I now can see the weaknesses in my novel plots." - DEBRA, UDEMY STUDENT
Throughout this course, Jessica will:
- Guide you step by step through the 15 key story beats that are found in all great stories ever told
- Show you how the 15 key story beats form a novel blueprint (or road map) that any writer (of any level) can follow to craft their own successful novel
- Analyze several examples (from both books and movies) of the 15 key story beats in action so you can firmly grasp the function and purpose of each beat and see how other successful writers have tackled them
- Guide you through the process of brainstorming, crafting, and developing the 15 beats to outline, write, or revise your own bestseller
And by the end of this course you will have a complete “novel road map” (or outline) for a novel that you could begin working on immediately.
Or if you’re already working on a novel and need help structuring it or revising it, by the end of this course, you will have a full revision plan ready to go.
Check out the free preview lectures for a look at what to expect from this course, how this course is structured, and a free overview of the 15 key story beats that will be explored at length in this course.
Enroll now to get started on plotting, writing, or revising your bestselling novel today!
PRAISE FOR JESSICA'S WRITING MASTERY COURSES:
- 8 writing courses
- Over 5,000 5-star reviews!
- Over 35,000 students enrolled
- Average 4.6 stars!
Just, WOW! Jessica Brody provides much more than a boatload... try a cruise ship FULL of tips, tricks, resources, references, and actionable steps in making your dream of becoming a published author a realistic goal " - TRACY, UDEMY STUDENT
"Thorough, accurate, and well-presented --I would recommend Jessica Brody’s courses to any writer eager to rise." - MARK, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody breaks down these concepts with clarity and amazing insight." - MIKE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody's courses are all thorough, entertaining, and extremely helpful." - TRICIA, UDEMY STUDENT
"As always, Jessica Brody delivers an insider's knowledge and the tools to move forward in the process, now!" - SUE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Very informative and well worth the time and cost. Jessica has shown me some new ways to approach my storytelling and how to make sure I am telling the best tale I can." - NOEL, UDEMY STUDENT
"Clear, concise, & well-narrated with an abundance of enthusiasm." - CHRISTOPHER, UDEMY STUDENT
"This course is worth far more than the price of admission!" - TALMAGE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody nails all the elements in this course. The exercises are brilliant and very helpful. Thank you for such a great course!" - KIMBERLEY, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody has a gift for distilling lots of hard-earned information into concise and tasty bites. - KATHERINE, UDEMY STUDENT
"If you write (or plan to write), get this course" - SCOTT, UDEMY STUDENT
"I have learned so much information that has helped me in the writing process." - CHRISTY, UDEMY STUDENT
"Good pacing, great tools, wonderful ideas... loving this course!" - REGINA, UDEMY STUDENT
"Love the videos. Very easy to understand and lots of great tips!" - LISA, UDEMY STUDENT
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in writing a novel
- Writers interested in learning more about plot or story structure
- Writers looking for inspiration for their novel
- Writers who need help revising their novel
- Writers who need help outlining their novel
- Writers who are stuck on a certain part of their novel
About the instructor
Jessica Brody is the author of the #1 bestselling plotting guide, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, as well as 20+ novels for teens, tweens, and adults including Sky Without Stars, The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me and the Unremembered trilogy. Her books are published by major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan. She’s also frequently hired by Disney Press to write books based on popular Disney franchises like Descendants and LEGO Disney Princess. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and several have been optioned for film and television. She is also the founder of the Writing Mastery Academy, an online school for writers.