Enrol on our online course for people who want to write a novel and are looking for help with the basics. We offer teaching videos, notes, writing tasks and resources to help you plan all essential components of your novel, work out your plot and get started with the writing.
A good novelist offers the reader a story in which events and actions have logical but unpredictable consequences, and which will eventually lead to a satisfying conclusion, but which also give the reader some surprises along the way. This course will help you develop the techniques needed to achieve this.
A novelist needs motivation to write, and many published novelists write not only to earn money but also because they have something to say. You may wish to bring a specific situation or issue to the attention of your readers, or to put your own opinions on record, or to expose injustice. Or maybe you hope to write good stories which have no particular message for the world, but which will give their readers satisfaction and pleasure.
Almost all published novels tell some kind of story, and most of them offer the reader a conclusion which is satisfying in some way, even if it is not hopeful, happy or particularly neat. If you wish to become a published novelist, you should not end a novel in such a way that the reader is going to wonder if you simply ran out of things to say, or did not know how to round everything off.