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Writing: Book Writing: Creative Writing Skills: Punctuation

Writing: Creative writing skills: Novel/non-fiction book writing: Punctuation: Writing/outlining: Fantasy world building
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 29h 53m
Language: English
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Writing to Tell Your Story Today… 
Isn’t it time you finally told the story inside your heart?  Within this course, I will explain how to organize and begin writing a short story, novella, novel or non-fiction book.  The concepts are similar for each form.  The number of balls you need to keep in the air and for how long are the only things that differ. 
  If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
  — Lord Byron 
Learn the Components of Successful Storytelling… 
Plot, character, and place.  Learn how to juggle them all like a professional.  Learn how to discipline yourself to put the first words on the page.  Learn the even greater discipline required to put the last words on the page. 
  The thing about writing is that you never stop learning and improving your craft, and a review of the basics is helpful even to an established, USA Today bestselling author like myself. Jackson’s deceptively simple course on writing a first novel is concise, and covers crucial points that every writer should know and constantly keep in mind. I especially enjoyed his advice on handling writer’s block and its causes; I am guilty of reason #3. Sigh. A useful course, even for those who think they don’t need it.
  — Lisa Cach, USA Today Bestselling Author of the “1,001 Erotic Nights” series 
For the Storyteller, There is No Greater Joy… 
All your life, you’ve carried this story with you.  Perhaps uncertain or fearful of rejection.  But there is no burden greater than carrying an untold story. 
  A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
  –Franz Kafka 
Your All in One Source for the Inspiration and Technique Required to Tell Your Story… 
This is your call to arms.  Tell your story now before it’s lost forever…

You will learn

✓ Learn writing basics including punctuation, sentences, paragraphs and essays
✓ Learn advanced writing techniques such as the use of foreshadowing and cliffhangers
✓ Learn how to write short non-fiction books quickly and easily
✓ Learn Advanced dialog to draw the reader into your story
✓ Learn how to self-publish a book on Amazon
✓ Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a book cover
✓ Learn how to discover your personal writing style
✓ Learn how to self-edit your book manuscript


• A PC or Mac
• Microsoft Word 2010, 2013 or 2016
• A rudimentary understanding of English

This course is for

• Anyone looking to grasp the fundamentals of writing using the English language
• Anyone looking to brush up their writing skills
• Anyone interested in writing and publishing a book
• Anyone with a need to tell a story that buried inside
Author, Publisher and Educator
I was born in the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California.  After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California.
Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley.  Two months after that and I was married as I have been happy ever since (for 40 years).
After 14 years at Lockheed, I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet.  Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee.  Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees.
I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored!
Throughout my professional career, I’d always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training.  So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write.
I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn’t take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing.
In 10 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books.  I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale.
By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled.  I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations.
Since 2014 I’ve published over 48 online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and Skillshare. My goal is to provide low-cost high-quality screencast-based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP.  I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques.  Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.
I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada, with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat.
I’ll see you in the classroom,
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 29h 53m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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