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Writing Popular Fiction

Lee Child

Writing Popular Fiction

Write a page-turning thriller with the award-winning author of the Jack Reacher series.

This course includes:

35 lessons

8 hours

30 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Lee on a creative journey as he shows you how to turn your blank page into a complete story.

  • Craft a thrilling plot
  • Switch narrator perspective
  • Build complex characters
  • Find your niche
  • Write natural dialogue
  • How you can make a living as a writer

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With over 200 million copies sold worldwide and multiple awards under his belt, Lee Child is the undeniably successful author of the popular Jack Reacher book series, which have also been adapted for the screen with two blockbuster movies, as well as a new TV series on Amazon Prime. And to add to his inspirational success story, Lee Child is also living proof that it’s never too late to get started, as he only started writing at the age of 40 after being made redundant from his job.

Lesson plan (35)

  1. 01

    Writing Popular Fiction Introduction


  2. 02

    Where story comes from and what it's for


  3. 03

    If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first


  4. 04

    Why I love series fiction


  5. 05

    How I wrote my first book (part one)


  6. 06

    How I wrote my first book (part two)


  7. 07

    Book 2 and beyond


  8. 08

    How to not make your reader seasick


  9. 09

    Voice is not a metaphor


  10. 10

    Big words and big themes


  11. 11

    Plot is a rental car


  12. 12

    Robin Hood and the writers' room


  13. 13

    Character is king


  14. 14

    Ditch the bad advice


  15. 15

    Don't fall in love with your hero


  16. 16

    Why Hook Hobie is like my grandfather


  17. 17

    Reacher, and why he isn't boring


  18. 18

    To plot or not to plot (part one)


  19. 19

    To plot or not to plot (part two)


  20. 20

    Research is a dish best served cold


  21. 21

    Churning, smoothing and combing


  22. 22

    Don't forget you're still a reader


  23. 23

    The Killing Floor edit


  24. 24

    The book is the thing


  25. 25

    Why a Ford is better than a Rolls Royce


  26. 26

    Ditch the airs and graces


  27. 27

    How not to write dialogue


  28. 28

    A prose that trips forward


  29. 29

    Suspense is not like baking a cake


  30. 30

    Write the slow stuff fast and the fast stuff slow


  31. 31

    Hitching a ride on a strong first sentence


  32. 32

    The Sun Also Rises: writing time and place


  33. 33

    The sense of an ending


  34. 34

    The back end of a big machine


  35. 35



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