T.C. McMullen jumped into the world of novel writing after completing the Breaking Into Print course from Long Ridge Writers Group in the mid 1990’s. She studied hard into everything from writing a novel to publishing and saw her first title in print fall 2002. She is the author of five novels, Whispers of Insanity, Gone Before Dawn, and reader and reviewer praised Manipulated Evil Trilogy: The Unseen: Book One, Scattered Souls: Book Two, and Scorching Eden: Book Three. In 2003 she worked as Senior Editor for Global Authors Publications. She has since gone freelance with editing and design services, assisting authors from Star Publish and Global Authors Publications as well as operating her own company for darker genres. A mother of three, she has also assisted with editing for two ezines and maintains all her websites while working on her next novels.
Thriller author of:
Whispers of Insanity
The Manipulated Evil Series
The Unseen: Book One
Scattered Souls: Book Two
Novel Building: 102
Beginning to End and Beyond
Novel Building 102
Available after completion of Novel Building 101
Instructor: T.C. McMullen
Workshop Duration: 8 Weeks
Email Course using Microsoft Word files
In this course, students will build from their lessons learned in Novel Building 101. They will produce a full synopsis of their tale, learn tips toward mastering some of the trickiest writing skills and produce a final chapter. They will also learn some valuable self-editing skills and gain some knowledge about the current publishing world. Those who finish this course will receive an ebook with articles supporting the lessons taught.
Lesson One: Dialogue and Action: two weeks
Students will receive tips on mastering these two key elements. They will choose a scene from the outline created in Novel Building 101 - one full of dialogue and one full of action and write a 500 word passage for each element for the instructor to edit.
Lesson Two: Digging In: two weeks
Students will receive tips and guidance to building a detailed synopsis from their outline created in Novel Building 101 using all the information they have created since the development of that outline.
Lesson Three: Self-Editing: two weeks
Students will receive tips on what to look for in their own writing and how to polish it before an editor ever sees it. They will choose a section from their synopsis, write the full scene and self-edit it before sending the lesson on to the instructor.
Lesson Four: Fantastic Finale: one week
Students will receive tips about how to choose the best ending for their tale and write the last chapter for the instructor.
Lesson Five: Researching the Options: one week
This week, the instructor will share a list of publishing options, pros and cons and point students toward doing their own research. At the end of this week, they will have compiled a list of possible publishers for their book, why they have chosen the publisher and the pros and cons of each company.
Objectives: In this course, students will create passages of dialogue and of action, learn self editing skills and produce a strong synopsis. Each student will have at least one completed chapter for their book at the finish of this course. They will also have their storyline ready to be fleshed out and walk away with some knowledge of the publishing options available to novelists today.
Prerequisite: A student willing to learn some of the hardest parts of novel writing and work hard in constructing their novel.
Workshop Duration: 8 Weeks, - contact instructor for start dates. (This class can be taken in two parts at $75 each. See Novel Writing 101.)
Private Mentoring: $30 per student per course
(Helpful but not mandatory.)
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