This week I have multi-published and speedy, hugely talented author Nicola Marsh talking online writing courses. As it happens, I too have done the course Nicola mentions and I agree that it is fantastic. At the end of Nic’s post, don’t forget to leave a comment about your own fab course experiences 🙂
I’m a sucker for ‘how to’ writing books.
Love buying them.
Love flicking through them.
Love seeing them lined up on my bookshelf.
Hate that I don’t refer back to them again!
With constant deadlines and busy boys to raise, I don’t have the time to flick through resource books the way I’d like to.
What I do flick through time and time again are my notes from 2 brilliant online courses:
LAURIE SCHNEBLY CAMPBELL’S Plotting via Motivation and Plotting from Start to Finish (Master Class.)
These 2 courses inspired me. Laurie’s class notes were brilliant, her motivation checklist worth the fee alone.
While I’m more a pantser than a plotter, using snippets learned from Laurie’s classes I can pretty much nail down my characters’ conflict and motivations from the start these days, and that usually saves a load of trouble later down the track around the ‘sagging middle.’
I can’t speak highly enough of Laurie and her willingness to answer questions offline during the courses too.
You can sign up for her course alerts via her website http://www.booklaurie.com
(As an aside, my first Romantic Times magazine Top Pick, MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? was dedicated to Laurie because of the help she gave me during the writing of this book. I credit the Top Pick to her!)
At the time I did Laurie’s courses, I went through a phase where I did many online courses. My recommendation is to check the credentials of the presenters.
Do your research. Choose wisely. Have fun.
Because we never stop learning.
Care to share any online courses you’ve found particularly useful? (Or another ‘how to’ book I absolutely must add to my bookshelf?)
Melbourne-based Nicola Marsh has written 30 books for Harlequin Romance & Presents series, and BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is her first mainstream contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction novel. Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
She loves chatting and can be found on her website http://www.nicolamarsh.com blog http://nicolamarsh.blogspot.com Facebook http://facebook.com/NicolaMarshAuthor Twitter http://twitter.com/NicolaMarsh
Her blog tour for BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD kicks off next week and she’ll be providing loads of fabulous Indian recipes as part of her Bolly-Bites. Get your spices ready and join her in cooking up a storm! Plus she’ll be giving away one copy a day of BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD for 3 weeks!