When writing fiction, have you ever struggled to make your story feel alive? Have the scenes sat staring at you, flat on the page?
We’ve all been there.
Imagine your stories coming to life and enticing your readers to devour your words with hungry anticipation. Stories that feel so realistic and compelling that you have to turn the page to see what happens next.
The key to compelling stories is building a world and characters that immerse us as readers and draw us in.
I’ve just done a great course that helps to bring fiction to life. A course which focuses on getting your word right, no matter whether you write crime novels, thrillers, science-fiction, contemporary fiction, fantasy or children’s stories.
Holly Lisle, author of over 30 novels and founder of a novel writing school, has just published ‘Create a World Clinic.’ What did I learn from this course?
1.Holly’s clinic showed me how to utilise world building right from my opening sentence.
2. The course demonstrates how to limit your world building to the minimum details essential to your story, while giving the story life and momentum.
3. Create a World Clinic is packed with quick exercises that helped me create new worlds within minutes. Holly calls this SANE world building.
4. But for those really hooked on building elaborate worlds, there is the ‘Geek-Deep’ section of the course—containing videos, maps, timelines and world models Holly has built in Minecraft and other detailed techniques.
5. Oh, and another bonus: this clinic taught me how to dissect worlds and figure out any problems. A project that I was stalled on has suddenly taken on new life because I was able to pinpoint a subtle issue that was killing the story.
Holly’s cool Create a World Clinic is selling for a song.
And you can get 10% off this clinic and any of Holly’s other short courses until 15 March 2014. How?
Holly has requested that her discount coupon be distributed by email only, and not published on the web. So to get your 10% discount of any of her short courses, sign up to ‘Write On!’ my newsletter—via the box in the right hand sidebar. You‘ll receive an email containing the discount coupon, a free flash fiction course, and weekly issues of ‘Write On!’
(If you’ve already subscribed to ‘Write On!’ you’ll have the discount coupon waiting in your inbox.)
Just enter your email address in the blue box in the right sidebar.
I should also mention that Holly provides a stack of worksheets to help you with world building, and an online forum which you can use to discuss what you’re learning with others.
I know I’m going to use this clinic on my current project and again for future projects and hope you also have fun doing ‘Create A World Clinic.’