Support that empowers you to finish writing your first draft in just 3 months.
Get ready to write before the course starts with 5 video prep sessions. Tom will go over the “5 P’s” you need to consider before embarking on 101 days of writing.
A great book grabs the reader from the get-go. This course begins at the beginning, then guides you through the writing process, right to the closing sentence. It’s everything you need to write your novel, except the coffee (we haven’t worked out how to digitize that yet).
We start with the start. What is the best way to begin your novel and hook the reader’s attention? How do you introduce elements like character and backstory?
Session Topics: Beginnings, Starting Again, Introducing Character, Backstory, Grounding the Reader.
In this week’s sessions, we’ll look at the magic ingredients that you need to sprinkle into your story to make your characters and narrative come alive.
Session Topics: Movement, Change, Space, Peril, Voice.
Character and Plot are both crucial for your story. But thinking about character first often helps to answer any plot questions you might have.
Session Topics: Caring and Liking, Flaws, Inner Tension, Change, Feeling.
Plot and structure is a theme interweaved throughout the course. In this first week of plot skills, we’ll focus in on some of the principles of plotting to help you tell your story.
Session Topics: Story DNA, Scene Versus Summary, Revealing Information, Flashbacks, Mystery and Surprise.
A good story has a good place at its heart. But how do you bring your settings to life? We’ll analyse some of the key techniques to help you write dynamic description.
Session Topics: Senses, Movement, Colour, Small Details, People and the Past.
Speech is central to good fiction: get it right and you’ll add voice, pace, and tension into your telling. We’ll show you how.
Session Topics: Voice, Conflict, Rhythm, Real Speech, Body Language.
Dialogue and Description are two key textures in writing a story. This week, we’ll look at additional textures, and how to mix them to compelling effect.
Session Topics: Action, Thought, Dialogue Vs Description, Dialogue Description, Pace, Mixing Together.
The halfway point of the course (and hopefully in your writing journey as well). We’ll spend this week studying the challenges of writing effective middles, stress testing your narratives so far and thinking ahead to the second half.
Session Topics: Soggy Middles, The Midpoint, Wants and Needs, Links, Thinking Forwards.
We begin the second half of the course with a fortnight’s focus on writing skills and techniques. We’ll start by taking your writing back to basics, and exploring some of the tools at your fingertips.
Session Topics: Words, Verbs, Sounds, Sentences, Paragraphs.
In this second week of writing skills, we focus in on some key techniques for emphasis, and how you can make the most of the most important moments in your book.
Session Topics: Rule of Three, Repetition, Build, Contrast, Imagery.
Chapters and chapter structure give shape to your story and create signposts for your reader. This week, we’ll look at how you make the most of these building blocks, from beginnings and ends to chapter lengths and pacing.
Session Topics: Chapters Overview, Beginnings and Ends, Lengths, Chapter Structure, Pulling Together.
A second full plot week where we focus in on some further skills to boost your writing.
Session Topics: Foreshadowing, Group Scenes, Dovetailing, Time, Punctuating a Scene.
This week we’ll look at making your writing work twice as hard, delivering on not just one element, but two at the same time.
Session Topics: Action and Story, Aciton and Character, Description and Story, Description and Character, Dialogue and Story.
In the final full week of the course, it’s all about thinking about your endings. How do you finish your story in a way that leaves the reader fully satisfied?
Session Topics: Resolution, Bookending, Imagery, Movement, Possibility.
As we approach the end of our 101 days together, we’ll think about the next steps to take with your first draft. How do you go about editing? What’s next?
Session Topics: Editing Plan, Editing, The End.
Join Tom for video lessons and exercises that unlock daily, then apply what you learn as you write.
Our members’ hub is the perfect place to discuss the lesson of the day, share feedback, and learn from other students in your genre.
With Tom’s expert guidance and a supportive community around you, this course will help you write the first draft of your novel in just 3 months. It's designed for writers of all levels, backgrounds, and genres.
I’m Tom Bromley, your instructor. Over the past 25 years I’ve published ten books under my own name, fifteen as a bestselling and prize-winning ghost (not the scary kind), edited over a hundred titles, and taught novel writing to thousands of students around the world. Now it’s your turn!Read Tom's Bio → %button%>
Participate in two live webinars each week. Engage with Tom, expert writing coaches, and your classmates. Access future webinars for 12 months after you start the course.
As you progress through the course, you'll unlock interviews with incredible authors who share their story — and their tips and tricks — with you.