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Plan Your Novel: 30-Day Writing Challenge Homestudy course

Planning for Non-Planners: Get Ready to Write Your Novel ($80)

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This course is designed for the writer with a life — you have other activities that you're committed to in addition to writing

In our 30-Day Writing Challenge, we will help you think and write through the steps to create your novel – from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building — so that you can start NaNoWriMo prepared.

We run the class via a few mediums: email, peer Facebook group for our Fellowship of the Pen, premium live webinars and conference calls (coming soon), and a premium private Facebook group (coming soon) to build community and connect with your fellow writers for support and accountability.

Who is this course for?

For: Experienced writers or ambitious writers who want to plan their novel in an organic or step-by-step way, so that on Nov. 1st you can start writing it alongside the NaNoWriMo.org crowd.

This course is designed for the writer with a life — you have other activities that you're committed to in addition to writing.

We know that.

We know you're busy with other obligations AND you want to be writing. Well, you can, in small, manageable bite-sized pieces. Each activity can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes. You can plan your novel in a way that fits into your life. We know, because we've done it, multiple times!

With this course, you'll be able to:

  • Plan your novel
  • Step into a sense of satisfaction and creative accomplishment
  • Get excited for NaNoWriMo
  • Believe that you can write a novel

What can you expect: You'll put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and write while you think, in specific ways, with specific focuses. Words will pile up, along with ideas, story questions, and scenes.

You'll be invited to read short lessons, watch some video or listen to the lessons, then write — put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and actually do some thinking of your story on the page.

This class is good for you:

  • If you have never written a novel, and have always wanted to, and still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End, then you will be stretched in new and different ways.
  • If you're an experienced novelist, with 1 or 2 completed or partially completed novels under your bed. You may find this course structured in a way that's new to you and yet familiar.
  • If you have 5 or more unfinished novels sitting in a drawer, and always hit that sagging middle and lose focus or lose interest, this course will help you dream up exciting ways to torture, I mean challenge, your characters all the way to the resolution of the story.

A 30-day course, structured so you can do it at your own pace.

Your time commitment: All told, if you follow the curriculum, you will probably spend 4–10 hours over the month to follow through on the assignments and exercises, all designed to help you plan your novel. Of course, some of you will spend less and some may spend more time on this course.

This course is designed with the understanding that you have a busy life, full of commitments — family, job, second job, pets, friends, and oh yeah, sleep.

Take our homestudy course and get a discount to the live course we run every October.

This course covers:

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Week 1: Elevator Pitch & Short Synopsis We help you write the 1-2 paragraph story blurb, also know as the elevator pitch, that you can later use in a query letter. Next we cover the 5-6 paragraph story synopsis that can form the basis of a synopsis agents and editors request. We also touch on the story's theme and genre to help you have a better idea of the focus of your story and also your audience's expectations.

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Week 2: Get to Know Your Main Characters We cover getting to know your main characters. Great stories start with great characters that you love! We expand on the "10 Questions to Ask Your Characters" tip sheet (PDF) that you got when you signed up for the course. We also have more character questions to share with you and special exercises to help you get to know your characters so you can bring them to life when you write your novel.

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Week 3: Story Plot & World Building We help you design the story's main plot points and get to know the world of your story better, in other words, world building. Plot comes from characters, from knowing your story world, and from asking some good questions. We help you design a plot that will keep readers at the edge of their seats turning pages deep into the night.

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Week 4: Scene-by-Scene Outline & Plotting We guide you through the final preparation step of building your story scene-by-scene. We help you create an organic outline from all the notes and thinking that have gone before and also provide tips on a more linear approach to plotting your story. Once you have completed this exercise, and all the ones before, you'll have a good sense of your entire story, and can sit down to write your novel with excitement and confidence.


The Instructors


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This course is offered by Beth and Ezra Barany, writing teachers and novelists. We walk the talk.

We're award-winning, best-selling novelists, who have worked with over 100 authors to help them get their books written and published. Happily married for over 15 years, we're passionate about writing, story telling, and guiding authors to achieve your dreams.

Our fiction and nonfiction:

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Together we have written and published 18 books, plus 3 audio books. Together and separately, we have taught thousands of students over the years, in both the public and private sector, including overseas in Paris, France. We both teach (and Beth's case, coach) and working on writing and publishing our novels.


Once you sign up, you'll get:

  • Access to the whole course
  • Videos
  • Handouts
  • Checklists
  • Quizzes
  • Surprises!
  • All new updates and lessons!


Ladies Night (Fight Card) [Kindle Edition] by Jill Tunney (Author), Jack Tunney (Author), Carol Malone (Editor), Paul Bishop (Editor)"I want to thank Beth Barany and Ezra Barany for taking the time ... Their encouragement helped to get me on the stick and get ready to write my novel. --Carol Malone w/a Jill Tunney, Ladies Night, a Fight-Card Romance

Your Instructor


Beth and Ezra Barany
Beth and Ezra Barany

The Instructors


Beth-and-Ezra-Barany-webinar-shot-with-kittyThis course is offered by Beth and Ezra Barany, writing teachers and novelists. We walk the talk.

We're award-winning, best-selling novelists, who have worked with over 100 authors to help them get their books written and published. Happily married for over 16 years, we're passionate about writing, story telling, and guiding authors to achieve your dreams.


ABOUT BETH

Beth Barany is a promotions and marketing advisor for writers and publishers. She's run over a dozen promotional campaigns for authors and small publishers, including blog tours, Amazon Bestseller campaigns, and social media campaigns. Her latest book for authors is Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, available on Amazon, iTunes, and Nook.

The author of the bestselling books, The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book and Overcome Writer's Block, Beth also publishes the monthly digital magazine, Author Entrepreneurship Magazine, to help authors create successful and sustainable careers. Beth is the award-winning novelist of the young adult epic fantasy, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, the first of a multi-book series.

As a Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Creativity Coach, and experienced speaker and teacher, Beth Barany has helped authors get their books written, edited and published for over 14 years, as well as guided them in effectively promoting and selling their work. Five of her clients' books have been best-sellers. Sign up for her newsletter and receive her free Writer's Motivation Mini-Courseat www.BethBarany.com. Also receive a free subscription to Author Entrepreneur Magazineat www.authorentrepreneurship.com.

Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, Ezra Barany, the bestselling author of The Torah Codes, and their two cats, and over 1,000 books.

ABOUT EZRA

Ezra Barany is an award-winning author of a bestselling novel. His Jewish version of The Da Vinci Code, The Torah Codes, was released in paperback in March 2011, then the ebook version was published in September 2011. His thriller hit bestseller status in December 2011 in Jewish fiction and has stayed on the charts ever since. The second book in this series, 36 Righteous: A Serial Killer's Hit List (Book 2 in The Torah Codes series), has been published to great acclaim.

As much as Ezra loves being an author, he's missed teaching, and has been working with authors for about two years, with Beth and solo. He looks forward to working with you and helping each and everyone one of you achieve your goals and dreams. Nothing would make him happier!


Zephrum Gates and the Strange Magical Treasure (Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure) [Kindle Edition] Tricia Riel (Author), Joe Salvo (Illustrator)"Beth and Ezra are super accessible... ans they have great ideas for guiding an author's success. It's been fun to virtually meet other creative writers as well. The support is fabulous ... a real community."-- Tricia Riel, author of the Zephrum Gates series

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do you have a teacher-run version of this course?
The teacher-run version of this class runs every October. Sign up for the school to be sure to get notified when we run that version.

Triana Willard, YA Fantasy author"Just wanted to say thank-you to Beth and Ezra - I have really enjoyed your course. ... I especially enjoyed the daily tasks, which allowed me to take time and really delve into my characters' motivations and conflicts." -- Triana Willard, author of Autumn Magic

What People Have Said About Working with Us

Ladies Night (Fight Card) [Kindle Edition] by Jill Tunney (Author), Jack Tunney (Author), Carol Malone (Editor), Paul Bishop (Editor)"I want to thank Beth Barany and Ezra Barany for taking the time ... Their encouragement helped to get me on the stick and get ready to write my novel. --Carol Malone w/a Jill Tunny, Ladies Night, a Fight-Card Romance




Zephrum Gates and the Strange Magical Treasure (Zephrum Gates & The Strange Magical Treasure) [Kindle Edition] Tricia Riel (Author), Joe Salvo (Illustrator)"Beth & Ezra are super accessible... & they have great ideas for guiding an author's success. It's been fun to virtually meet other creative writers as well. The support is fabulous ... a real community."-- Tricia Riel, author of the Zephrum Gates series






Triana Willard, YA Fantasy author"Just wanted to say thank-you to Beth and Ezra - I have really enjoyed your course. ... I especially enjoyed the daily tasks, which allowed me to take time and really delve into my characters' motivations and conflicts." -- Triana Willard, author of Autumn Magic


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