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Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel

via Domestika


Develop an original idea into a compelling manuscript that’s ready to share with publishers by exploring story structure, characters, perspective, and editing
  • Introduction
  • The Structure
  • Getting to the Page
  • The Devil Is in the Detail
  • Preparing the Manuscript for an Editor
  • Final project
“I always think of novel-writing as a tightrope. You are walking on the wire, not knowing whether you’ll get to the other side. It takes a tremendous amount of faith. But what an exciting adventure!”
João Tordo is an award-winning author who has published 18 books. His work ranges from literary fiction to thrillers and non-fiction, and he has won awards including the Fernando Namora Prize, and the GQ Prize.

In this online course, he presents his step-by-step guide to writing your novel and getting it published. Discover his process for turning an original idea into a captivating novel and learn to navigate the stormy but rewarding journey of becoming a published author. Find your literary voice and watch it grow and deepen with each page.


  • About Me
  • Influences
  • Stages of Storytelling
  • The Narrative Arc 1
  • The Narrative Arc 2
  • Components of the Novel
  • Origins of a Story 1
  • Origins of a Story 2
  • Building a Character
  • Points of View
  • Dialogue
  • The Craft of a Scene
  • Editing Your Writing
  • Relationship with Editors
  • Scouting the Market for a Publisher
  • Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel

Taught by

João Tordo


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