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Writing a Novel They Can't Put Down

At a Glance

  • In-person seminar on novel writing in any genre
  • Covers the essentials of structure, characters and conflict
  • Essential techniques for getting your novel noticed and sold

What are agents, editors and readers looking for in a novel? It’s simple: a story that catches them up in a fictive dream and doesn't let go. Because these days, that’s the only kind of fiction that has a chance to sell and go wide. Fortunately, what works to make this happen is a part of the craft that can be learned.

In Writing a Novel They Can’t Put Down, writing teacher and bestselling thriller author James Scott Bell reveals the essentials you need to sell in today's competitive marketplace. Over the course of this 2 ½-hour workshop, you’ll learn:

The LOCK System foundation for your novel

  • What makes for a compelling Lead character
  • The one essential secret to a high-stakes Objective
  • How to create the strongest Confrontation possible
  • What it means to Knock Out the reader at the end

A deeper understanding of structure

  • The Disturbance
  • The Doorways of No Return

Characters that jump off the page

  • The 5 essentials of unforgettable characters
  • Exercises for coaxing out the extras in your characters

How to write a novel with no dull parts

  • Scene structure
  • The one essential for all great scenes

Ready to get your novel out of the slush pile and on to the bestseller charts? Sign up for Writing a Novel They Can’t Put Down today.

What past students have said about James Scott Bell's workshops:

I needed advice before I tried to write a novel. The usual axiom — write what you know — wasn't helpful. So I turned to James Scott Bell. He taught me how to structure a great entrance — the equivalent of gliding down a spiral staircase in a wedding gown — and how to keep the next 400 pages from becoming as hopelessly tangled as the crumpled papers and wads of gum in my old desk. My novel sold.
– Sarah Pekkanan, author of The Opposite of Me

I am inspired by Bell's enthusiastic approach, and impressed with his numerous, helpful insights into the craft of storytelling.
– Bill Marsilii, screenwriter, Deja vu

If Jim Bell is teaching and I'm within a hundred miles, you can bet I'll be there! His commitment to the craft of writing is surpassed only by his enthusiasm for passionate storytelling.
– Angela E. Hunt, bestselling novelist

Hours of pure gold! This was far and away the best writing class of any kind I've ever taken.
— Philip N. Andreen, Assistant City Attorney, Pasadena, CA

I didn't want the class to end! It was so helpful. Mr. Bell put me on the right track with my novel-in-progress.
— James H. Bracy, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge

I had a novel with problems I didn't know how to solve. After James Scott Bell's class, I knew the solutions. This was easily the most practical writing class I ever attended.
— Darryl James, Topanga, CA

James Scott Bell's suspense writing class was incredibly practical, full of techniques that work. I found out what my 800-page manuscript was missing, and used Mr. Bell's techniques to put in what needed to be there. I've recommended this class to all my writer friends.
— Rebecca Berger, Northridge, CA

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/15/2012
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of the writing book Plot & Structure, and thrillers like Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back, One More Lie and many more. His short fiction has appeared in two anthologies and he is currently at work on a series of pulp style boxing stories featuring Irish Jimmy Gallagher. Under the pen name K. Bennett he is also the author of the Mallory Caine zombie legal thriller series, which begins with Pay Me in Flesh.

Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine, to which he frequently contributes, and has written four craft books for Writer’s Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision &...