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Novel Writing for Beginners: How to Write your First Draft

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Novel Writing for Beginners: How to Write Your First Draft is a course for new or aspiring writers who want to turn their ideas into reality. Crafting your first novel shouldn't be difficult and I've compiled all of the information necessary to write your first draft, as well as information that will be useful in the writing process.

If you've dreamed of writing a novel but have no idea where to start, if you've found yourself stuck somewhere between planning and finishing the first draft, if you lack the skills or confidence to complete your first manuscript, or if you need a clearer, more concise picture on writing a novel, this hour and a half long course is perfect for you!

What you'll learn in this course: 

  • the key elements of a story
  • the six fundamental areas for planning your first novel
  • to discover your own unique storyline
  • how to effectively structure and create a sellable fiction piece
  • how to overcome any obstacles on your journey

My name is Nia Hogan. I am a three-time self-published author and I’ve been writing professionally for the past five years. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University. If you’d like to learn more about me or see some of the projects I’ve worked on, please visit my website:

Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.

Feel free to email me at as well.


  • Intro: Novel Writing for Beginners
  • Storytelling and Structure
  • Premise
  • Setting the Stage
  • Casting Call
  • Plot and Conflict
  • Theme
  • Point of View
  • Storyline Mobility
  • Andddd Scene!
  • Defining Genre
  • Starting Line
  • Show, Not Tell
  • Dialogue
  • Voice, Style, Tone
  • Master of the Page Turner
  • Finding the Story Within You
  • Overcoming the Block
  • The P.C.C.S.E.L.F Approach
  • First Drafts
  • Conclusion

Taught by

Nia Hogan

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