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Learn how to create a killer book pitch, effeciently organize your writing, drafting, and revision of your book, and sell the manuscript in six weeks.

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Week 1: Elevator pitch

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. — Kurt Vonnegut. | Develop the essential elements of your story in less than 250 words. The elevator pitch compresses your entire story into a brief statement that guides drafting, revising, and selling your book.

Week 1: Elevator pitch

Week 2. Making ideas

I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph. — Ken Kesey  | A good idea is any idea no matter how hackneyed, no matter how original, as long as that idea excites you enough that you want to be the one who wants to see it as a finished book in the store.

Week 2. Making ideas

Week 3. Writing the model novel

I can’t work without a model. — Vincent Van Gogh  | You will take the elevator pitch and create an outline of the essential events in your novel.

Week 3. Writing the model novel

Week 4. Scene and summary

I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps. — Adrienne Rich | The events of your novel can be organized into chapters. Chapters are built of two parts, scenes and summary. You will learn how to draft excellent scenes, and effective

Week 4. Scene and summary

Week 5. Dialogue

Character is action; dialogue is action. | You will learn how to write effective dialogue that moves your plot forward and expresses your characters.

Week 5. Dialogue
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