The Art of Story

The Ultimate Guide to Fiction Creation from The World's Foremost Writing Guru | taught by Rob Parnell

Course description

In this unique writing course, Rob Parnell, the world’s foremost writing guru and Kindle bestselling author, will show you how to take control of your fiction. no matter what your level of writing experience.


Ask yourself, “Can the process of writing a great novel or short story be broken down into simple step-by-step components - that can be taught?”

After taking “The Art of Story”, your answer will be a resounding ‘yes’!

Here’s Rob: “They say the craft of writing can be learned - but not the ability to write brilliant stories that resonate with millions. I disagree. My philosophy has always been that the more we write, the better we get. And that perceived genius is a mere by-product of consistent, directed action towards the goal of perfection. It is only critics (who probably can't write fiction anyway) who believe that brilliance is somehow bestowed upon a lucky few.”

The Art of Story will teach you:

* The techniques employed by all great fiction writers
* The simple secret of apparently flawless stories
* How to structure compelling novels and short stories
* How to totally win over editors and publishers
* How to ensure long term fiction writing success.

This ground-breaking new course encompasses four modules:

Module One: "Theme, Purpose and Perspective"
First, the mechanics of story form, a detailed look at those that are appropriate for your stories - with tips on how best to achieve excellent and compelling results. Also examined are the writing disciplines for short, medium and longer works. Plus, how different genres require differing approaches.

Module Two: “Essence and Idea Development"
Practical issues. How to develop characters and their agendas into a plot. Understanding point of view and the narrator's perspective. How to plan and brainstorm ideas to find the heart and theme of your story. Structure versus content; writing style, tone and sensory density. What's the difference being literary fiction and commercial storytelling - and which is your natural specialty?

Module Three: "Construction and Meaning”
Literary technique: the use of words as tools or descriptors. How transparency between the reader and the writer is achieved. Creating character empathy, the use of imagery, and conveying meaning through metaphor and the use of simile.

Module Four: "Message and Market Considerations"
How to write and edit for your target market. Inspiration versus method: learn about the rhythm and resonance of the author's voice versus the cadence of character. Market relevance, the importance of objectivity in your message - and your quest for literary immortality.

Throughout the course you will build on your understanding of story as a medium of creative expression. There’s vital new information on the essential elements of story: the effective stringing together of emotional story 'beats', scenes, events and transitions to maximum effect. How to pace and build intensity from the beginning, through the middle, to a satisfactory and climactic end.

Plus, tips on how to vary speech, advice on internal dialogue and how best to convey the inner journey of the characters without the use of exposition.

Also, writer's motives for telling great stories is examined, plus other more practical issues are dealt with: how to achieve the professional writer's mindset, and the use of templates for the effective planning and execution of your stories.

Other topics include establishing convincing time-lines, emotional scenarios, creating subplots, foreshadowing, and developing relationships, and, if required, building a sense of mystery and suspense.

Plus, as you'd expect from Rob Parnell, there’s a wealth of discussion on originality, integrity, self belief, inspiration, and maintaining motivation and commitment to your writing.

“The Art of Story is probably Rob Parnell’s best work yet. Get the edge that gets you published."

Rob Parnell
Rob Parnell
Your Personal Instructor

Rob Parnell is the owner of The Easy Way to Write, established in 2002, a website dedicated to helping writers earn money from their passion. He is also the proud founder of The Writing Academy.

Rob has been teaching online since 2002. Since that time he has published over thirty number one bestselling books on genre fiction writing, freelance writing, motivation, productivity and getting rich and healthy. When it comes to making a living from writing, he is man who knows what he's talking about! You'll enjoy his down to earth style and the sense Rob somehow knows you like a friend!

Rob has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's like a compulsion - and he still hasn't run out of things to say...

His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, graphic novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers. Also a musician and composer, singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior and the popular bestselling children's author.

They live in their new home beside the Flinders Ranges - away from it all - with their beloved pets, Wally the dog and Jessie the cat.

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Rob@easywaytowrite.com

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Reviews (4)

The Art of Story

by Nick Huonder
I feel this was the most useful course I have found on writing a story. Rob has broken down the process of the basic structure of story,and its elements in a way that makes it easy to understand. This simple presentation was just enough information that I know by referring back to it as needed I can finally write something worthwhile. If you have been frustrated by this whole process of understanding how to write a story I think you will be quite satisfied with this course.I highly recommend it!

I keep returning to this course

by Britt Malka
I love to try out the new things I learn, and the chapter structures in this course is completely new to me. I love it. I used to have 3 scenes per chapter just because... Yeah, well, I liked the number three. This new way of structuring scenes and chapters should make my writing better. We'll know soon, because I'm outlining a novel using that structure now.

A road map to follow

by Mary James
Rob Parnell has developed another online class which succinctly gives aspiring writers a road map to follow for story ideas, plotting, and execution. He breaks the concepts down into easy to absorb portions for writers to improve their skills. M. James
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The Art of Story

by Nick Huonder
I feel this was the most useful course I have found on writing a story. Rob has broken down the process of the basic structure of story,and its elements in a way that makes it easy to understand. This simple presentation was just enough information that I know by referring back to it as needed I can finally write something worthwhile. If you have been frustrated by this whole process of understanding how to write a story I think you will be quite satisfied with this course.I highly recommend it!

I keep returning to this course

by Britt Malka
I love to try out the new things I learn, and the chapter structures in this course is completely new to me. I love it. I used to have 3 scenes per chapter just because... Yeah, well, I liked the number three. This new way of structuring scenes and chapters should make my writing better. We'll know soon, because I'm outlining a novel using that structure now.

A road map to follow

by Mary James
Rob Parnell has developed another online class which succinctly gives aspiring writers a road map to follow for story ideas, plotting, and execution. He breaks the concepts down into easy to absorb portions for writers to improve their skills. M. James

I was stuck

by Liz Kelso
I was having trouble mapping my story. After this course, I was able to map Part I and Part II of my novel in less than 30 min. Once I learned the formula, it was easy. This is an invaluable course. Thanks Rob.