Writing a novel is a challenging and exciting journey. Through practical experience, learn to write fiction uncritically for quantity, write to a deadline, meet daily word-count goals and sketch an entire story arc. Topics covered include character and scene development, dialogue, narration, and plot creation. Your goal is to have a 50,000-word first draft of a novel by the end of the course. This course is suitable for all genres.
Broad Learning Outcome:
Upon successful completion of Writing a Novel: First Draft, you will be able to write scenes, create compelling characters and develop storylines that span the length of a novel.
Supporting Learning Outcome Statements
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- write on deadline
- meet daily word-count goals
- write uncritically for quantity
- compose dialogue
- create complex characters
- create plots and subplots
- break down each chapter into its component scenes; cut filler scenes
- transform passages of summary into scene
- change the order of scenes if necessary
- take inventory of the characters and their actions; cut extraneous characters
- work with existing characters to bind them more tightly to the core of the story
- improve character storylines
- develop a consistent point of view in terms of narration
- if working with multiple points of view, successfully move the reader between narrators
- determine a verb tense that works best for the novel
PrerequisitesPrerequisites: BMC 352 Learning Online and WRI 140 Creative Writing Exploration.
You may not register online for this course until you have successfully completed Learning Online or have a Learning Online Prerequisite Waiver in your profile. You may enrol in this course by telephone if you are enrolled in a section of BMC 352 that will be completed before this course begins.
Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)
- Creative Writing Certificate : Optional Genre Courses