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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

    05:34

  2. 02

    Where story comes from and what it's for

    15:12

  3. 03

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

    14:41

  4. 04

    Why I love series fiction

    14:06

  5. 05

    How I wrote my first book (part one)

    17:12

  6. 06

    How I wrote my first book (part two)

    17:25

  7. 07

    Book 2 and beyond

    25:19

  8. 08

    How to not make your reader seasick

    18:54

  9. 09

    Voice is not a metaphor

    15:47

  10. 10

    Big words and big themes

    14:46

  11. 11

    Plot is a rental car

    17:28

  12. 12

    Robin Hood and the writers' room

    14:02

  13. 13

    Character is king

    13:51

  14. 14

    Ditch the bad advice

    13:29

  15. 15

    Don't fall in love with your hero

    09:47

  16. 16

    Why Hook Hobie is like my grandfather

    11:52

  17. 17

    Reacher, and why he isn't boring

    09:58

  18. 18

    To plot or not to plot (part one)

    14:26

  19. 19

    To plot or not to plot (part two)

    16:14

  20. 20

    Research is a dish best served cold

    14:03

  21. 21

    Churning, smoothing and combing

    15:21

  22. 22

    Don't forget you're still a reader

    09:40

  23. 23

    The Killing Floor edit

    24:13

  24. 24

    The book is the thing

    12:04

  25. 25

    Why a Ford is better than a Rolls Royce

    10:22

  26. 26

    Ditch the airs and graces

    05:17

  27. 27

    How not to write dialogue

    23:45

  28. 28

    A prose that trips forward

    20:47

  29. 29

    Suspense is not like baking a cake

    15:09

  30. 30

    Write the slow stuff fast and the fast stuff slow

    17:38

  31. 31

    Hitching a ride on a strong first sentence

    13:57

  32. 32

    The Sun Also Rises: writing time and place

    19:49

  33. 33

    The sense of an ending

    17:04

  34. 34

    The back end of a big machine

    26:52

  35. 35

    Conclusion

    01:07

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