We’ve partnered with Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel
Pop into any writing group where people are asking for advice on how to write a novel, and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel will invariably come up as one of the top recommendations. This how-to manual is considered one of the best books on writing thanks to author Jessica Brody’s step-by-step approach to crafting a well-paced and well-plotted story. Today, we are pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with Jessica to bring you her Writing Master Academy—an online program full of resources, tips, and courses to help you on your novel plotting journey. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just learning how to start writing, this comprehensive resource offers everything you’ll need to get you from idea to publication. If you’ve ever wondered how to start writing a novel, this is the place to begin.As a Dabble subscriber, you’re eligible for an exclusive offer to receive 50% off your first three months of a Writing Mastery Academy subscription ($18 savings) OR $30 off a yearly subscription. The Writing Mastery Academy offers courses to help you:
- Craft engaging plots with analysis and examples of 15 key plot points
- Finish first drafts faster with tips on how to write that first draft in no-time
- Learn how to revise your own work with the complete novel revision course
- Stay focused and productive with tips and hacks to make the most of your time
- Uncover a high-concept idea that sells with creativity and brainstorming courses
- Write unforgettable characters that will grab your reader and make them fall in love
- Help conquer pesky writer’s block and breakthrough negative mindsets
- Navigate the steps to securing an agent or publisher on the way to publication
- And so much more!
Your membership to the Writing Mastery Academy includes unlimited, on-demand access to every course, live ‘members only’ Q&As, access to their online community, customizable learning paths, and a 30-day money-back guarantee! Plus there’s plenty of surprise and bonus content to guide you on your way to your author dreams. To learn more about Writing Mastery Academy, visit their site here. Sign up today and receive 50% off your first three months of a Writing Mastery Academy subscription ($18 savings) OR $30 off a yearly subscription.
The Chosen One. It’s a trope that many people love to hate despite its pervasiveness across popular culture. If you’re unfamiliar with the Chosen One, it’s a popular trope or narrative device used across books, TV shows, and movies where a character is destined to fulfill a certain role or mission, often because they have unique abilities or traits. These traits are frequently tied to magic, meaning you’ll see this trope a lot in fantasy and other types of speculative fiction, especially those with a young adult audience.
So how do you write well then? Realistically, there are a few things universally considered “good” writing. The story should follow a logical plot where one action feeds into another. The characters should behave in ways that align with their established personalities. There should be some high points and low points and stuff in between. Generally, good writing is also well edited and follows most of the conventions for grammar and punctuation. While you can write well with typos and mistakes, you run the risk of distracting the reader to a point where that good story becomes not so good because it’s unreadable. Ultimately, the success of things like your voice and your characters are going to be up to your reader and you’ll never please everyone. But we can take some steps to ensure we please more people than not.
That’s great—our fiction should reflect the world as it is and that means including people of various ethnic backgrounds and skin tones. But the history of writing about people of color is kind of… awful and it’s important to remember that you can’t just throw in a BIPOC character without giving some serious thought to how you represent and describe that character.