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When it comes to solving the mystery of what makes a best-selling novel, no one has cracked the code better than James Scott Bell. A best-selling author himself, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Christy Award for Suspense, plus the author of the number-one best seller for writers, Mr. Bell has been teaching the principles of best-selling fiction f When it comes to solving the mystery of what makes a best-selling novel, no one has cracked the code better than James Scott Bell. A best-selling author himself, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Christy Award for Suspense, plus the author of the number-one best seller for writers, Mr. Bell has been teaching the principles of best-selling fiction for over 20 years, principles that apply to any genre or style. In the 24 lectures of How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, Mr. Bell provides a comprehensive, eye-opening, and illuminating survey of the entire writing process, as well as a full breakdown of how dozens of best-selling authors have implemented these best practices in their own writing. Any aspiring author will gain a wealth of tools that that will not only improve their ability to write, but will also increase their enjoyment of the craft. Great Expectations Do you have a best seller in you? Mr. Bell believes you do. But tapping into your creativity isn’t always easy. When best-selling authors such as Stephen King, Michael Crichton, or Janet Evanovich deliver success after success, it can appear as if creating worlds where ghost-infested hotels drive people mad is something that some writers can just … do. We all have creativity in us, but sometimes we need help getting in touch with it. Mr. Bell gets you started by offering several fun, challenging, and mind-expanding exercises that help you flex and develop your creative muscle. Grab a pen and give these a try: What-If Moments: We all have crazy what-if thoughts that cross our minds from time to time. Likely, most of us simply just laugh them off. Try making the most of what-if moments. The next time you wonder, “What if this plant I’m looking at suddenly started talking to me?”—roll with it. What would it say? Would you talk back or run away? There is a story here. Weird Job Situations: Giving people insight into the daily life that only a few select people could provide can be a fascinating read. And putting your characters in jobs with tremendous tension helps keep your reader on edge. What does a day in the life of a bomb disposal technician look like? How does this person deal with facing death on a regular basis? Would she try to find love and start a family? There is a story here. Hear the Headlines: But don’t go much further than the headlines. Work with just a limited amount of information and use your imagination to fill in the details. “Scientists Discover New Fish That Walks on Land.” What would that look like? Do you go fishing or hunting? There is a story here. The First-Line Game. As Mr. Bell points out throughout the course, the first sentence of a novel is one of the most important. One good line can not only hook your reader into buying the book, it can hook you into a story you never imagined. Experiment with fun, funny, weird, cool, intriguing first lines and see where they take you. “Today I learned you should never travel to Jupiter without an extra pair of underpants.” Who is going to Jupiter? Why underpants? Wait, WHAT? There is a story here. Don’t get caught up in the realities of our world, the illogic of your ideas, or the fear that someone might laugh. Audiences are eager to suspend their disbelief for a world that captures their imagination. It’s just like Field of Dreams claimed: “If you build it, they will come.” Remember, at some point, Michael Crichton wondered, “What if a mosquito that was stuck in a rock resulted in an amusement park full of real-life dinosaurs? There is a story here…” LOCK and Key So, now you’ve got an idea—or a couple dozen. What next? Mr. Bell demonstrates how famous writers such as Harper Lee, Michael Connelly, Jim Butcher, Margaret Mitchell, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Suzanne Collins, and dozens more apply time-tested best practices to their writing. But even more valuable, he reveals his own secrets and methods for developing page-turning books that readers can’t get enough of. His helpful LOCK system provides the structure you need to create an engaging story: L - Lead: Your protagonist can be: positive—the hero, someone who embodies moral codes of a community, someone who readers root for; negative—does not adhere to the moral code, we root for them to change or to get their just desserts; or an anti-hero—has own morals, usually dragged into a community kicking and screaming. You want to bond your reader to your lead by putting them in a terrible situation, a hardship, or inner conflict to evoke sympathy or empathy. O - Objective: Your lead has a mission: to get something or get away from something. C - Confrontation: Ramp up engagement by pitting opposition and/or outside forces against the lead accomplishing his or her objective. K - Knockout: Give your reader a satisfying conclusion that resonates. There are five fundamental endings to best sellers. You will probably recognize them from movies and television shows as well: Lead wins, gains objective; Lead loses, missing objective; Lead loses objective, gains something else of value; Lead wins objective, loses something of value; or Open/ambiguous ending. Once you’ve locked in your LOCK, you have the start of a best seller. The Sense of an Ending How to Write Best-Selling Fiction is jam-packed with techniques to help bring power to your plot, charisma to your characters, drama to your dialogue, and vitality to your voice. Even for the “pantster” writers—those who reject the planning and plotting approach to writing a book—this course is chock-full of tips for charts, exercises, shortcuts, diagrams, and grids that help you to organize your story, keep your characters unique, and ensure you meet all the fundamental points that a best-selling novel requires. You will walk away with a toolkit of methods to create stories that feel realistic and that resonate with your readers. And no matter what type of writer you are, these insights will take your writing to the next level, with concepts you may not have considered. For example: the last chapter. Many writers get to that pivotal point and just breathe a sigh of relief as they try to tie up all the loose ends. But as you round the corner of bringing all the pieces together in your ending chapter, Mr. Bell underlines the importance of not underestimating the ending, making sure you have the “Knockout” of the LOCK system. As Mickey Spillane noted, “The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book.” Mr. Bell has already provided you with masterful means to get your reader hooked with the first chapter—and potentially the very first line! And now, he reveals five strategies that will help you finish your book in a way that gets your reader craving your next title. The Corrections Ahhh, the revising and editing stage of your book. This process is where so many potential writers fall off the rails. Because there is no denying it: It’s hardto find fault in your baby. As Mr. Bell puts it, to be successful you must “write like you’re in love, edit like you’re in charge.” Revisions are extremely important and take a lot of discipline. Mr. Bell introduces you to the two most important rules of writing and then his own corollary to those rules. Looking at the practices of famous writers such as Robert Crais, Lawrence Block, Dean Koontz, Ridley Pearson, and more, Mr. Bell offers a treasure trove of insights for this important stage. He gives you suggestions for creating a revision schedule versus revising as you go, and tells you why it’s imperative that you take a cooling-off period before you take a first pass. Discover tricks for helping you to re-read your own work with fresh eyes. Learn shortcuts for marking places you need to come back to so you can read your book straight through. Mr. Bell provides you a valuable list of questions to ask yourself as you read, a list of reminders to check off as you read, and tricks to ensure you are not overusing words or terms. If you consider using outside readers, he also offers a list of questions and points that you can ask them to be aware of so you receive constructive feedback—because your mom will always love your book. He also gives you advice regarding the use of a professional editor. Finally, he offers a wealth of tips about polishing your second draft. Educated Once your book is done, Mr. Bell doesn’t just leave you on a cliffhanger. He gives you a final series of lectures that cover the pros and cons of using an agent; a breakdown of the query, synopsis, and sample chapter; the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing; and more. After the 24 lectures of How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, you’ll feel empowered to take your finished novel in whichever direction you feel most comfortable with, whether it’s using an agent or self-publishing. The famous writer Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” And maybe no one knows the “rules,” but there are writing techniques, practices, and fundamentals that writers have used for decades to become best-selling authors. And as Picasso proved, once you master those fundamentals, you can then create your own rules. With How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, you get an intimate introduction to the fundamentals of how to write your best seller, from a best-selling author who has mastered the secrets to success. Now get writing.


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When it comes to solving the mystery of what makes a best-selling novel, no one has cracked the code better than James Scott Bell. A best-selling author himself, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Christy Award for Suspense, plus the author of the number-one best seller for writers, Mr. Bell has been teaching the principles of best-selling fiction f When it comes to solving the mystery of what makes a best-selling novel, no one has cracked the code better than James Scott Bell. A best-selling author himself, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Christy Award for Suspense, plus the author of the number-one best seller for writers, Mr. Bell has been teaching the principles of best-selling fiction for over 20 years, principles that apply to any genre or style. In the 24 lectures of How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, Mr. Bell provides a comprehensive, eye-opening, and illuminating survey of the entire writing process, as well as a full breakdown of how dozens of best-selling authors have implemented these best practices in their own writing. Any aspiring author will gain a wealth of tools that that will not only improve their ability to write, but will also increase their enjoyment of the craft. Great Expectations Do you have a best seller in you? Mr. Bell believes you do. But tapping into your creativity isn’t always easy. When best-selling authors such as Stephen King, Michael Crichton, or Janet Evanovich deliver success after success, it can appear as if creating worlds where ghost-infested hotels drive people mad is something that some writers can just … do. We all have creativity in us, but sometimes we need help getting in touch with it. Mr. Bell gets you started by offering several fun, challenging, and mind-expanding exercises that help you flex and develop your creative muscle. Grab a pen and give these a try: What-If Moments: We all have crazy what-if thoughts that cross our minds from time to time. Likely, most of us simply just laugh them off. Try making the most of what-if moments. The next time you wonder, “What if this plant I’m looking at suddenly started talking to me?”—roll with it. What would it say? Would you talk back or run away? There is a story here. Weird Job Situations: Giving people insight into the daily life that only a few select people could provide can be a fascinating read. And putting your characters in jobs with tremendous tension helps keep your reader on edge. What does a day in the life of a bomb disposal technician look like? How does this person deal with facing death on a regular basis? Would she try to find love and start a family? There is a story here. Hear the Headlines: But don’t go much further than the headlines. Work with just a limited amount of information and use your imagination to fill in the details. “Scientists Discover New Fish That Walks on Land.” What would that look like? Do you go fishing or hunting? There is a story here. The First-Line Game. As Mr. Bell points out throughout the course, the first sentence of a novel is one of the most important. One good line can not only hook your reader into buying the book, it can hook you into a story you never imagined. Experiment with fun, funny, weird, cool, intriguing first lines and see where they take you. “Today I learned you should never travel to Jupiter without an extra pair of underpants.” Who is going to Jupiter? Why underpants? Wait, WHAT? There is a story here. Don’t get caught up in the realities of our world, the illogic of your ideas, or the fear that someone might laugh. Audiences are eager to suspend their disbelief for a world that captures their imagination. It’s just like Field of Dreams claimed: “If you build it, they will come.” Remember, at some point, Michael Crichton wondered, “What if a mosquito that was stuck in a rock resulted in an amusement park full of real-life dinosaurs? There is a story here…” LOCK and Key So, now you’ve got an idea—or a couple dozen. What next? Mr. Bell demonstrates how famous writers such as Harper Lee, Michael Connelly, Jim Butcher, Margaret Mitchell, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Suzanne Collins, and dozens more apply time-tested best practices to their writing. But even more valuable, he reveals his own secrets and methods for developing page-turning books that readers can’t get enough of. His helpful LOCK system provides the structure you need to create an engaging story: L - Lead: Your protagonist can be: positive—the hero, someone who embodies moral codes of a community, someone who readers root for; negative—does not adhere to the moral code, we root for them to change or to get their just desserts; or an anti-hero—has own morals, usually dragged into a community kicking and screaming. You want to bond your reader to your lead by putting them in a terrible situation, a hardship, or inner conflict to evoke sympathy or empathy. O - Objective: Your lead has a mission: to get something or get away from something. C - Confrontation: Ramp up engagement by pitting opposition and/or outside forces against the lead accomplishing his or her objective. K - Knockout: Give your reader a satisfying conclusion that resonates. There are five fundamental endings to best sellers. You will probably recognize them from movies and television shows as well: Lead wins, gains objective; Lead loses, missing objective; Lead loses objective, gains something else of value; Lead wins objective, loses something of value; or Open/ambiguous ending. Once you’ve locked in your LOCK, you have the start of a best seller. The Sense of an Ending How to Write Best-Selling Fiction is jam-packed with techniques to help bring power to your plot, charisma to your characters, drama to your dialogue, and vitality to your voice. Even for the “pantster” writers—those who reject the planning and plotting approach to writing a book—this course is chock-full of tips for charts, exercises, shortcuts, diagrams, and grids that help you to organize your story, keep your characters unique, and ensure you meet all the fundamental points that a best-selling novel requires. You will walk away with a toolkit of methods to create stories that feel realistic and that resonate with your readers. And no matter what type of writer you are, these insights will take your writing to the next level, with concepts you may not have considered. For example: the last chapter. Many writers get to that pivotal point and just breathe a sigh of relief as they try to tie up all the loose ends. But as you round the corner of bringing all the pieces together in your ending chapter, Mr. Bell underlines the importance of not underestimating the ending, making sure you have the “Knockout” of the LOCK system. As Mickey Spillane noted, “The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book.” Mr. Bell has already provided you with masterful means to get your reader hooked with the first chapter—and potentially the very first line! And now, he reveals five strategies that will help you finish your book in a way that gets your reader craving your next title. The Corrections Ahhh, the revising and editing stage of your book. This process is where so many potential writers fall off the rails. Because there is no denying it: It’s hardto find fault in your baby. As Mr. Bell puts it, to be successful you must “write like you’re in love, edit like you’re in charge.” Revisions are extremely important and take a lot of discipline. Mr. Bell introduces you to the two most important rules of writing and then his own corollary to those rules. Looking at the practices of famous writers such as Robert Crais, Lawrence Block, Dean Koontz, Ridley Pearson, and more, Mr. Bell offers a treasure trove of insights for this important stage. He gives you suggestions for creating a revision schedule versus revising as you go, and tells you why it’s imperative that you take a cooling-off period before you take a first pass. Discover tricks for helping you to re-read your own work with fresh eyes. Learn shortcuts for marking places you need to come back to so you can read your book straight through. Mr. Bell provides you a valuable list of questions to ask yourself as you read, a list of reminders to check off as you read, and tricks to ensure you are not overusing words or terms. If you consider using outside readers, he also offers a list of questions and points that you can ask them to be aware of so you receive constructive feedback—because your mom will always love your book. He also gives you advice regarding the use of a professional editor. Finally, he offers a wealth of tips about polishing your second draft. Educated Once your book is done, Mr. Bell doesn’t just leave you on a cliffhanger. He gives you a final series of lectures that cover the pros and cons of using an agent; a breakdown of the query, synopsis, and sample chapter; the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing; and more. After the 24 lectures of How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, you’ll feel empowered to take your finished novel in whichever direction you feel most comfortable with, whether it’s using an agent or self-publishing. The famous writer Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” And maybe no one knows the “rules,” but there are writing techniques, practices, and fundamentals that writers have used for decades to become best-selling authors. And as Picasso proved, once you master those fundamentals, you can then create your own rules. With How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, you get an intimate introduction to the fundamentals of how to write your best seller, from a best-selling author who has mastered the secrets to success. Now get writing.

30 review for How to Write Best-Selling Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Potter

    Although I admit there are a few points I disagree on, overall this is a fantastic introduction to the fundamentals of writing highly commercial fiction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Collin Glavac

    Pretty basic but it's always good to review the basics. Appreciated the clarity and parsed out info, as well as the good-naturedness of the author. Pretty basic but it's always good to review the basics. Appreciated the clarity and parsed out info, as well as the good-naturedness of the author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cam Wolfe

    ☆☆☆☆☆ – listening to this audiobook is probably the best thing I have ever done for my writing You can watch my video on this audiobook at https://youtu.be/4mmxBeTchOU I was really blown away by this one and I genuinely believe it has made me a better writer. It’s crazy how much James covered in this, from coming up with an idea all the way to marketing the finished product. These were framed as lectures (worthy of a college course) and had the very real risk of being dense and boring, but James d ☆☆☆☆☆ – listening to this audiobook is probably the best thing I have ever done for my writing You can watch my video on this audiobook at https://youtu.be/4mmxBeTchOU I was really blown away by this one and I genuinely believe it has made me a better writer. It’s crazy how much James covered in this, from coming up with an idea all the way to marketing the finished product. These were framed as lectures (worthy of a college course) and had the very real risk of being dense and boring, but James did a great job narrating and kept it entertaining with a ton of real-life examples. He had examples for almost every point he made, and it makes what would be complex and valuable info really easily digestible. I can’t recommend this audiobook enough, in fact I would say it’s a must listen if you’re serious about being a career author. You also get the entire ‘course’ as a PDF via Audible, which is great because now I can go back and refresh myself on everything quickly, rather than having to relisten.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kieran

    Really enjoyed this and James Scott Bell managed to cover every aspect of writing & publishing. The advice is hardly going to get you writing War & Peace but if you're a wannabe Lee Child or wannabe John Grisham then Bell gives a very effective and simple formula in the book industry. Really enjoyed this and James Scott Bell managed to cover every aspect of writing & publishing. The advice is hardly going to get you writing War & Peace but if you're a wannabe Lee Child or wannabe John Grisham then Bell gives a very effective and simple formula in the book industry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elwin Kline

    "It was amazing." - 5 out of 5 star rating. I have gone through quite a few how-to guides on writing (this is probably my fourth at this point) and this by far hands down the very best of them all. James Scott Bell did a beyond incredible job in both content and as a performer speaking. I probably took close to three (3) pages of notes reading this and that was short hand/bullet style. I could have easily written more, as this is just a pure gold mine for an aspiring writer. If I were to copy/pa "It was amazing." - 5 out of 5 star rating. I have gone through quite a few how-to guides on writing (this is probably my fourth at this point) and this by far hands down the very best of them all. James Scott Bell did a beyond incredible job in both content and as a performer speaking. I probably took close to three (3) pages of notes reading this and that was short hand/bullet style. I could have easily written more, as this is just a pure gold mine for an aspiring writer. If I were to copy/paste my bullets, this review would become quite the scroller, so I shall omit that. I will say though, that this is so good I plan on doing a re-listen in the future for sure. From the book, there's Five (5) Levels of writers: 1. Want to write. 2. Start to write and never finish. 3. Finish your first book. 4. Write more than one. 5. You hit it big have a best seller, movie/TV show deal, videogames, book deals, etc. Most people will never crawl out of levels 1-2, at the time of this review myself included. I am literally on my last project, for my last class, for my Masters Degree. Maybe in the near future I can actually start leveling up towards 2... we shall see.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greg Humphreys

    I have read numerous books that bored me to death, or I just chose not to finish. Every time I thought "I would have gone this direction with the plot or character” or “I would have done this". I started to wonder if I should dip my toe into the pool of writing. This successfully convinced me I do not want to be a writer. Why would I give it 5 stars? I will give you 3 reasons: 1) It is a well written, well presented book. 2) I learned a ton from this book and will likely read it again. There are I have read numerous books that bored me to death, or I just chose not to finish. Every time I thought "I would have gone this direction with the plot or character” or “I would have done this". I started to wonder if I should dip my toe into the pool of writing. This successfully convinced me I do not want to be a writer. Why would I give it 5 stars? I will give you 3 reasons: 1) It is a well written, well presented book. 2) I learned a ton from this book and will likely read it again. There are principles in this book that will improve the skills and techniques of people in professions other than writing. I have already found numerous applications of principles that I learned. 3) With high ratings, I hope that the authors of some of those crappy books I have read, will buy this book and improve their skills. Great book for aspiring writers, and non-writers with other aspirations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This is a great source for either learning from the beginning, or for gathering areas for experimentation to perfect how you work and get books in front of readers. While not prescriptive in many senses, for beginners, this could be considered temporarily prescriptive (until you figure out what works for you). For experienced writers, it could be beneficial to learn areas in which you could experiment, but it may offer less value. Bell covers a great number of areas, drawing from his experience, This is a great source for either learning from the beginning, or for gathering areas for experimentation to perfect how you work and get books in front of readers. While not prescriptive in many senses, for beginners, this could be considered temporarily prescriptive (until you figure out what works for you). For experienced writers, it could be beneficial to learn areas in which you could experiment, but it may offer less value. Bell covers a great number of areas, drawing from his experience, other authors, movies and more. It's one of the better sources for "large umbrella" guidance, touching on most aspects of writing and publishing. Don't forget to take advantage of the PDF available on Audible.com. (You can bookmark as you read, then look those phrases up in the PDF.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Milica

    Can someone please fix the page count on the book? It doesn't have 13 pages, it has like over 240 pages. Otherwise, it's a really professional course and a well written book. Anyone who needs an introduction to writing books should check it out. As James Scott Bell says, although writers shouldn't think of these methods as rules, they should consider them fundamentals, because no one likes to be told what to do, everyone wants to feel completely free when writing, but it's this complete freedom Can someone please fix the page count on the book? It doesn't have 13 pages, it has like over 240 pages. Otherwise, it's a really professional course and a well written book. Anyone who needs an introduction to writing books should check it out. As James Scott Bell says, although writers shouldn't think of these methods as rules, they should consider them fundamentals, because no one likes to be told what to do, everyone wants to feel completely free when writing, but it's this complete freedom that lacks understanding of where exactly to put it down. You might have an amazing idea for a novel, but you wouldn't know how to put it down. Once you know the fundamentals that are written and taught in this book, you will come closer to expressing yourself more freely.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Heaslet

    James Scott Bell presents in 24-chapters a framework for writing, structuring, editing, publishing, and promoting a "best selling" genre type book. He makes liberal use of examples from numerous best sellers including GONE WITH THE WIND, CASABLANCA, THE HUNGER GAMES, and books by Mickey Spillane, James Patterson, and Stephen King. I rate this as a good, basic HOW TO book for writers in the early stages of learning their craft. James Scott Bell presents in 24-chapters a framework for writing, structuring, editing, publishing, and promoting a "best selling" genre type book. He makes liberal use of examples from numerous best sellers including GONE WITH THE WIND, CASABLANCA, THE HUNGER GAMES, and books by Mickey Spillane, James Patterson, and Stephen King. I rate this as a good, basic HOW TO book for writers in the early stages of learning their craft.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    This is one of the ‘great courses’ version s uploaded to Audible. And it is read by the author which makes sense; he has done acting in his past. But it is also an excellent writing course. One of the best And being Bell, bless him, it includes the 300 page e-book free. This is one I am going to be lsitening to again , and this time… taking all the notes. 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krasimir Tsonev

    I've read couple of books on how to write and I could say that this one is probably the best. It goes over all the bits which the other books discuss: point of view, plot development, characters, dialogs. On top of everything, there are chapters at the end sharing how to publish and market your books. Definitely worth reading/listening. I've read couple of books on how to write and I could say that this one is probably the best. It goes over all the bits which the other books discuss: point of view, plot development, characters, dialogs. On top of everything, there are chapters at the end sharing how to publish and market your books. Definitely worth reading/listening.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hall

    After I've finished a rough draft and before I start editing, I take a break and read up on craft. This is a new find for me, but one I will be including in my rotation. Lots of how to and tips on what you should be looking to accomplish. Good reminders right before you head back into semi-charted territory. After I've finished a rough draft and before I start editing, I take a break and read up on craft. This is a new find for me, but one I will be including in my rotation. Lots of how to and tips on what you should be looking to accomplish. Good reminders right before you head back into semi-charted territory.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Miles

    I listened to this. And definitely will listen to parts again. A comprehensive guide filled with great examples. Bell does a wonderful job with instruction and inspiration. The latter the lifeblood to any would be author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Soquel

    This is a great book for beginners. It is straightforward advice without the fluff. It's also very current to what's going on in publishing at the moment and has information for indy/traditional/hybrid authors. This is a great book for beginners. It is straightforward advice without the fluff. It's also very current to what's going on in publishing at the moment and has information for indy/traditional/hybrid authors.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek Tripathi

    One of the better writing books. Stein on writing remains top of the list for me. But this one is certainly better than Stephen King's On Writing which while being a feel-good and encouraging book is too abstract to be of much practical use to anyone except Mr King himself. One of the better writing books. Stein on writing remains top of the list for me. But this one is certainly better than Stephen King's On Writing which while being a feel-good and encouraging book is too abstract to be of much practical use to anyone except Mr King himself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I especially liked the last few chapters. There were chapters/lectures that were redundant to his novels, even to the same examples, which was disappointing. He also references movies a lot—that’s disappointing because this isn’t a book about screenplay writing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joel Cutter

    Bell does a great job detailing all of the elements of what makes for a commercially viable story. I incorporated his advice on my first novel, Georgia Rolling, which later went on to become a bestseller on Audible!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    For beginning fiction writers, this is likely a great resource. Some of the advice was too pedestrian or based more on the most popular of pop fiction. The sections on publishing are great, and there are some good writing games/tools for you to get started.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Planar

    Really useful and structured course. It got me started writing again consistently after a long hiatus. For this and this alone it worth's its money. Even if you are not writing, the structured analysis will give you a new appreciation of the craft. Really useful and structured course. It got me started writing again consistently after a long hiatus. For this and this alone it worth's its money. Even if you are not writing, the structured analysis will give you a new appreciation of the craft.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5. Read (listened to) not as an aspiring writer, but with goal of becoming a more reflective reader.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna Vaal

    Packed full of information and this useful

  22. 4 out of 5

    Subjuntivo Subjuntivo

    Exhaustive and exhausting. Unnecessarily detailed and long.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Javier La Banca

    Great course. Very clear and easy to follow. The author offers practical advice on many important aspects of novel writing. Packed with examples from best selling novels and scripts.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    I liked the lecture series overall. The tips were helpful and the walk-through was constructive and informative.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cambria

    So helpful!

  26. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Actually quite helpful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    S.

    Exhaustive and exhausting. Unnecessarily detailed and long.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Hoffman

    I learned a lot. Some of the story examples got to be too much when listening, so, perhaps going back and reading it would help.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gregp

    6 out of 10 Too many movie examples for a course focused on writing novels.

  30. 5 out of 5

    James Seamone

    Very informative course full of tips and tricks to better your writing. Only time will tell if I actually learned anything though lol.

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