Wherever you are on your novel writing journey, if you want to move forward with confidence and share your story with the world, then The Successful Novel is for you.
Writing a novel doesn’t have to be daunting, and you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or uncertain by the process. You need a clear guide to success: the core practices and perspectives that you can count on to move your novel smoothly through writing, revision, and publishing, and into the hands of happy readers.
In The Successful Novel, we’ve gathered the best advice on novel writing, revision, and publication from Writers.com’s expert novelist instructors, plus actionable publishing industry insights from working literary agents. You’ll learn how to approach each step of the process with clarity and confidence. Tell your story beautifully!
In this course, you will:
Find confidence and motivation throughout your novel writing journey.
Nourish and hone your unique voice.
Connect with other writers for writing community, support, accountability, and feedback.
Learn how character and conflict interact to create story.
Develop story structures that honor the moral dilemmas at the heart of any great story.
Craft powerful and well-rounded protagonists—and antagonists.
Write clear and impactful prose.
Learn exactly what literary agents are looking for when they receive a manuscript submission.
Avoid common mistakes that first-time novelists often make.
Learn proven editing and revision strategies.
All these benefits are evergreen: you’ll have lifetime access, for every novel you write.
Here’s what you’ll get as part of The Successful Novel:
Over two dozen chapters on the key topics in novel writing: everything from character development to story structure to developing your unique voice. These chapters come with concise key takeaways, clear examples, and engaging exercises.
Over seven hours of in-depth video workshops by expert novelists:
Anatomy of a Premise Line and How to Avoid the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story with Jeff Lyons;
How to Write Beginnings and Endings with Sarah Aronson;
How to Edit Your Novel with Donna Levin; and
The Surprising Sentence with Jessie Roy.
Novelist and Agent Interviews
You’ll get interviews with five award-winning novelists on how to find confidence, craft, and creativity in novel writing, and candid interviews with four literary agents on what they look for in a novel manuscript.
Resources and Guides
Exclusive templates and guides for everything from character development to writing synopses.