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Interactive training modules for aspiring fiction writers.

Write Fiction Books consists of 14 interactive, and engaging training modules delivered securely from our Advanced eLearn Platform.

Each module has been carefully constructed by an expert team of authors, editors and award-winning professionals to help aspiring fiction writers transform their ideas and blank pages into compelling fiction.

Click the headings below for an overview of each module:

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Module One: Discovering Genres

Module One has been tailored to be the perfect start to your creative journey. This packed module is filled with practical action points; you’ll discover what genre is best for your taste and style, as well as what forms of fiction are available to let loose your imagination and much more.

Module Overview

  • Discovering genres
  • Popular subgenres in horror fiction
  • The allure of fiction
  • Feed your fiction with your fears
  • Applying human attitudes
  • Kick-start your creativity with story titles
  • Forms of fiction available
  • Applying phobias
  • Using your dreams as inspiration
  • Taking a look at your childhood fears
  • Finding inspiration in specific places
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Two: From Idea To Plot (click to open)

In this packed module, you’ll transform your raw ideas into original plots. If you’re struggling for inspiration then you can use our fifteen master plot outlines to get started. With a range of writing methods revealed, you’re sure to find the perfect one that suits you.

Module Overview

  • Idea to plot
  • What is a storyline?
  • What is a plot?
  • Freewriting
  • Fifteen master plots
  • Paranormal creatures
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies
  • Ghosts
  • Plotlets under pressure
  • Sample plotlets
  • Which writing method works for you?
  • Decide which story to develop
  • Who is the main character?
  • Much more!

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Module Three: Understanding Your Villain (click to open)

Delve deep into the world of villains, and discover how to make them convincing and memorable by studying different archetypes and psychological profiles. Watch out for tired clichés and find out how not to fall into their trap.

Module Overview

  • Understanding your villain
  • Archetypes of evil
  • Ten villain archetypes
  • Defying expectations
  • Archetype versus stereotype
  • Mixing archetypes
  • Goal, motivation and means
  • The villain’s psychological profile
  • The villain’s good side
  • Show the kindness in action
  • Plot potential
  • Real-life inspiration
  • Clichés to avoid
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Four: Setting (click to open)

Discover how to create a spectacular setting for a plethora of genres. Learn to bring it all to life with the use of alluring sounds and pinpoint description, and most importantly – practical location research.

Module Overview

  • Setting
  • Fantasy and science fiction setting
  • Historical setting
  • How to describe the setting
  • Practical location research
  • Writing about real places
  • Make the most of the weather
  • Deepen the point-of-view
  • Strained tempers
  • Mood and foreboding
  • Collecting weather descriptions
  • The villain’s lair
  • Image projections
  • Status symbols
  • Surveillance and security
  • Intimidation
  • Escape route
  • Dark is dangerous
  • Using the senses in the dark
  • Detail for realism
  • Sound the excitement
  • Background noises
  • Action sounds
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Five: Character and Point of View (click to open)

Uncover the secrets to create unforgettable characters and clear up any confusion with viewpoints, using our detailed outlines that range from the first person to the third.

Module Overview

  • Character
  • Point-of-view
  • How many characters does a story need?
  • Who is the story’s protagonist?
  • Research
  • Core characterisation
  • The character’s background
  • The character’s flaw
  • Character’s diversity
  • Character detail
  • Goal, motivation and conflict
  • How they see themselves and one another
  • Character’s change while you write
  • Point-of-view
  • First Person
  • Second Person
  • Third Person
  • Deep point-of-view
  • Multiple viewpoints
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Six: Story Structure (click to open)

In this packed module, you’ll find out multiple ways to start your story and if you’re stuck for an ending, use our tried-and-tested ending examples. Also, discover how to decipher symbolism, and add themes to your writing.

Module Overview

  • Story structure from beginning to end
  • How to open your story
  • Opening with setting description
  • Opening with dialogue
  • Opening while all seems well in the world
  • Structuring your story with plot events
  • Story questions
  • Conclusion
  • A novel example in plot structure
  • Give your story meaning with conflict and theme
  • Outer conflict
  • Give your story a literary touch with symbols
  • How and when to use symbolism
  • The black moment
  • How to end your story
  • Possible endings
  • Leave questions in the readers mind
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Seven: Building Suspense (click to open)

Become a master of suspense by using our thrilling effects that will leave your readers wanting more. This module discusses all types of suspense for a range of horror and subgenres.

Module Overview

  • Building suspense
  • Isolate your character
  • Send the allies
  • Cut the lines of communication
  • The ‘Ticking Clock’ effect
  • How to use the ‘Ticking Clock’ effect
  • Examples of ‘Ticking Clock’
  • Peaks and troughs
  • The bluebeard effect
  • Heightening the suspense further
  • Collecting doors
  • Strip away the armour
  • Vulnerability
  • Cliffhangers
  • Main character in peril
  • Raise the tension
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Eight: Dialogue and Body Language (click to open)

Learn to create dynamic dialogue with the help of ‘Dialogue Writing Exercises’, which will guide you to producing charismatic chatter between your characters. Slip in some action to bring the conversation alive, by studying specific body language techniques.

Module Overview

  • Dialogue
  • Body language
  • What is dialogue?
  • Dialogue tags
  • Dialogue beats
  • Writing good dialogue
  • How characters talk
  • Dialogue writing exercises
  • Writing snappy dialogue
  • Creating ‘zingers’
  • Questions answered with questions
  • Body language in dialogue
  • Body language clues
  • Telling lies
  • Body language of a liar
  • The words of a liar
  • How does the voice sound?
  • Vile voices: The villain speaks
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Nine: Shock Your Readers (click to open)

Discover how to make your readers gasp in shock and tremble with fear, by studying numerous levels of fear, suspense, and how to vary the intensity. Learn one of the most significant tips in fiction writing, ‘Show, don’t tell’, that will renovate your writing style.

Module Overview

  • Shock your readers
  • Levels of fear
  • Suspense
  • Feel the fear
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Avoid clichés
  • Vary the intensity
  • The temperature drops
  • Scary smiles
  • Cruel claws
  • Euphonic: Creating sound and atmosphere with words
  • Replace words
  • The wimp effect
  • The wimp test
  • How to avoid the wimp effect
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Ten: Alternative Scenes (click to open)

In this action packed module, you’ll learn how to pack-a-punch in your fight scenes and pick-up-the-pace in your chase scenes. You’ll be studying how to craft specific scenes with a range of professional techniques.

Module Overview

  • Alternative scenes
  • Chases and escapes
  • Reader sympathy
  • Danger from the surroundings
  • Physical symptoms
  • Put up a fight
  • Euphonic words
  • Fights
  • Night scenes
  • Passionate scenes
  • Outdoor scenes
  • Captivity
  • Violence and gore
  • Reader expectations
  • Using gore to shock
  • Humour
  • An unsuitable response
  • Contrast the cute and the gruesome
  • The ‘K’ rule
  • Show specifics
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Eleven: Author Voice (click to open)

Uncover how to craft and perfect your author voice to make your writing noticeable with the use of practice exercises, metaphors, and verbs. Learn mistakes and beginner flags to avoid, to help save you time.

Module Overview

  • Author voice
  • Beginner flags to avoid
  • Expectations
  • Looking and seeing
  • Finding the best word for the job
  • Verbs bring your writing to life
  • The basics of verbs
  • What verbs can reveal
  • Foreshadowing with verbs
  • Practice exercises
  • Similes
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • Metaphors
  • Sentence structure
  • Start with the present participle
  • Drawing inspiration from the masters
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Twelve: Revise Your Story (click to open)

Learn how to revise your writing into a perfect piece of fiction. After completing your story the hard work doesn’t stop there, but completing this module will make the revision task easier and save time.

Module Overview

  • Revise your story
  • Research for extra authenticity
  • The revision process
  • Final Revision
  • How much to revise
  • Writing methods
  • How to receive feedback before publication
  • What makes a good critic?
  • Local
  • Writers’ groups
  • Online writers’ group
  • Critique sites
  • Writing forums
  • Social media
  • Paid editing service
  • Proof reader
  • How to instruct critics
  • How to receive critiques
  • How to give critiques
  • Pseudonym & pen names
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Thirteen: Getting Noticed (click to open)

Find out how to get your writing noticed, whether that’s by literary agents, publishers, or competitions. Use examples of a cover letter, synopsis, and manuscript to help you look like a professional from the off!

Module Overview

  • Getting noticed
  • Where can you send your fiction?
  • Types of markets for your fiction
  • Types of markets for your novel
  • Guidelines for submission
  • Cover letter
  • Write a synopsis
  • No unsolicited MSS letter
  • How to submit
  • Submission strategies
  • How long to wait
  • Acceptances and rejections from publishers
  • Request for changes
  • Reasons for why your story may get rejected
  • Contests and competitions
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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Module Fourteen: How to Build Success as a Writer (click to open)

Becoming a successful author is no easy feat, so we’ve packed this module full of insider information. There are also loads of handy hints for marketing yourself and your writing.

Module Overview

  • How to build success as a writer
  • Amateur or professional?
  • Your workspace
  • Writing ritual
  • Routine
  • Discipline
  • Procrastination
  • The pros and cons of being a writer
  • Combining day jobs and writing
  • Your author brand
  • Selling your book
  • Social media
  • Media
  • Marketing your book
  • Public lending rights
  • Be your own publisher
  • Self-assessment test
  • Much more!

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