I’ve been writing novels for more than three decades, and while I have learned a lot about how unpredictable the market is, there are some specific characteristics that have consistently set apart novels that discover success. You’d consider every informed novel-writer would know what these are.
Here’s the thing 😛 TAGEND
I critique more than 200 manuscripts a year( 95% fictions ). Even the very best ones seem to be missing the key ingredients for a commercial-grade best seller.
Why is that?
Because few columnists have learned the specific elements that identify a great novel with great potential. And many of those ingredients are not what the average fiction writer is taught.
Sure, you need a great plot, an fascinating and fresh premise, terrific personas. And your panoramas need to be tight time capsules of” present, don’t tell .”
But a terrific commercially viable novel has significantly increased. And few books or writing instructors teach what these essential elements are.
The secret to writing a successful novel lies in being able to identify what’s missing in your panoramas and using a targeting approaching to revising.
Why is this so important? Because if you have a good scene, to make it great, you have to run through the checklist of these 8 essentials to ensure they’re all in place. And some of these 8 essentials may surprise you.
If you missed the opportunity to take my explosively innovative new course on how to write a commercially successful fiction, don’t fret. It’s open enrollment time right now for the following session, which starts September 6.
This course is something I’ve never seen any writing instructor offer. Over the past seven months, I’ve beta-tested this with three online groups and nearly 100 novelists, and the results have been fantastic.
8 Weeks to Commercial Success
You heard right. For 8 weeks, you’ll be learning all about these 8 essentials for commercial success, but, what’s more–you’ll be applying them, one per week, to your incidents( your current work ), and while you’ll be working through the lecturings, handouts, sample incidents, and homework on your own, I’ll be had met with students on Zoom each week to answer questions, share insights from players, and steer you through the course.( No obsess if you can’t stimulate the Zoom; it will be recorded and uploaded onto the weeks’ modules, and you can email me your questions before the session .)
Writers struggle to see places where they need to revise to improve their panoramas and make them the best there is an opportunity. If you don’t know what you’re missing, you have no way to improve.
The most important thing you will learn is you must identify your genre, study it, and know exactly how best-selling authors in your genre utilize and integrate these 8 factors in their scenes. You want to write horror novels like Stephen King? Then you need to know how many paths per page he proves emotion in his attributes and in what lane. It’s not unlike a math difficulty( and okay if you’re not great at math !).
Analysis is the key to success. And you’ll be doing a lot of it in this intensive course .
The 8 Crucials
These are the 8 crucials to commercial-grade success that you will master over these 8 weeks 😛 TAGEND
1) High Moment and Character Change: You have to know the specific purpose of your incident, develop to a key instant at the end( last paths) of your panorama, which creates change in your character.
2) Microtension on every page. All points to the secrets and twists to come. What are you not saying simmers under the surface of your incidents. This will build or interrupt your narrative. Discussion of critical action-reaction cycle.
3) Subtlety of deep POV, including unique voices for every character. It’s important to establish persona climate, mind-set, and motive right from the start.
4) Sensory detail. Going beyond five feels, utilizing specific wording to set mood and tone for the scene. What the specific characteristics processes through her feels should expose important things about her and not merely transmit information.
5) Emotional manipulation–you must know how you want your readers to feel and how to get them there. And “youre supposed to” masterfully learn how to show emotion in three key ways.
6) High Stakes! High, believable personal and public bets that ramp up to the climax.
7) Purposeful backstory in the right amounts and the right places.
8) Tight, distilled dialogue. It makes or transgress a scene. We’ll look at ” on the nose ” dialogue and discuss talk car-mechanics. Personas rarely say what they mean, but what they need oozes through.
This course begins Monday September 6, 2021.
Enrollment is open NOW: click HERE .
Remember: while the course is only 8 weeks long, you’ll have lifetime access to all the worksheets, handouts, videos, and sample scenes.
Testimonials from students who’ve take such courses 😛 TAGEND
“Susanne’s 8-Weeks to Writing a Commercially Successful Novel is one of the best developed and delivered writing classes I’ve taken. With the extent of an MFA masterclass, but with the real-world guidance that can only come from a seasoned writing and editing professional, Susanne by-passes the well-trod writing advice fluff and provides columnists with strategies to craft tales readers will love.” — Sharon Ritchey, Vice President Communications, Women’s Fiction Novelist Association
“I loved the 8 Weeks to a successful novel through improved panorama writing course. Susanne is a generous and accessible teacher who can analyze a scene the style a skilled mechanic can diagnose and proper a faulting in an locomotive. She has amassed a helpful storage of instructional materials and sample learns that vividly indicate the elements of a powerful incident. The practice I’ve gained in analyzing other writer’s panoramas will assist me write more visceral incidents in my own novel. Thank you, Susanne! ” — Lou Schlesinger
“Susanne Lakin is extremely knowledgeable of industry tendencies, effective pacing and arrangement protocols for the purpose of creating successful commercial-grade fictions in today’s environment, and dedicates her time, vigor and support efforts to her students. I would recommend her course to both beginning and experienced novelists.” — Kendrick Smith
“Out of the many writing courses I’ve taken, this is one of the two best. And I learned as much in these 8 weeks as I learned in 2 years in the other course.” — Richard Thomas Lane
“This course has been tremendously helpful for my growth as a novelist. I am now equipped with several tools that I can use as I revise my current novel-in-progress. I am working on my first fiction strive and now have far more confidence in my writing and the future of this project! ” — Olivia Bedford
“Susanne’s Master Critique Groups show you how to develop and polish all the aspects of your incidents. Her asset of suffer and compassionate teach will help you keep your readers hooked on every page.” — Will Wraxall
“I had reached a brick wall and not written anything in six months. This workshop was a much needed kick down the pants. I encountered the commitment to submit a scene a week for critiquing, and critiquing two other columnists’ scene every week, fleshed out the helpful basics Susanne teaches. What I learned about writing gave me a fresh evaluation of my work and more importantly the motivation and the tools to enjoy writing again.” — Gene Quinones
“I have learned SO much in such a short space of time. It was a big commitment to stir, but it was so, so worth noting. I won’t ever regret it–at the very least, my writing will be so much better than before. The very best outcome is beyond exciting and I feel far more confident about establishing that dream a reality.” — Liz Thompson
“As someone who has only really started writing about a year ago, I can say without doubt that this course has made my writing 1,000 hours better. Not just simple things like not putting in so many speech tags or formatting. The arrangement of my fiction, the POV, sensory detail. While I had some of these things already, learning what works and what doesn’t has improved my writing. I frankly did not know what to expect when I joined this course, but it has changed my writing and my exhilaration of writing this report for the very best. I cannot thank Susanne enough, and I look forward to continuing to learn from her in the future.” — Joshua Bruce
“The master critique group has been amazing. Since starting this group, my writing skills and grasp of story machinists have improved exponentially due to Susanne’s guidance and direction as well as input from members of the working group. I was fixed writing on my own, and this has given me the push and tools I needed to accomplish my goals.” — Jenny Perry, PhD
“Susanne’s Master Critique Group was very useful for receiving external feedback on my work. I learned a lot by doing this course and improved my ability to critique and envision what needs revising in my own run as well. Susanne is a great teacher, full of energy and exuberance and can edit a writer’s scene without offending but illuminating where it can be improved. It wasn’t easy but I thoroughly enjoyed the process.” — Samantha Ridgway
While this method is really the “secret” to success, it’s no secret. Highly productive, successful writers infuse their scenes with these 8 essentials, whether they use this method of studying other best seller or not.
However, whether you are a beginning novelist or have a number of novels published, here’s the thing: you don’t know what you don’t know. And unless someone points out what your weak regions are or where you are missing components in your panoramas, you can’t tell why your panorama isn’t working.
I hope you dive into this course. Again, be aware that it starts on September 6, 2021 and runs for 8 weeks. Even if you can’t been actively involved in the weekly Zoom discussions, you can still enroll, access everything with lifetime access, and learn all you need to know about writing a commercially succcessful fiction!
Enroll HERE to be on your behavior to writing a commercial-grade best seller!
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