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.
It is not possible to register online for this course until you have successfully completed BMC 352 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