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Novel Writing Courses and "Novel Writing on Edge" Work and Study Forums

From Concept to Query

Welcome to Algonkian Author Connect. Our Novel Writing Program's course methodology, editorial consults, and sell sheet approach, when coupled with the "Novel Writing on Edge" maxims and essays, as well as other AAC content, creates for aspiring fiction authors the perfect online location for the conception, writing, test marketing, and overall production of very good, if not brilliant, genre and literary novels.  Click on "About Author Connect" to learn more about the mission, and on the AAC Development and Pitch Sitemap for the big picture.

Early stage novel writers are the most content, blissfully unaware of all they do not know. Middle stage novel writers are anxious, each day awakening to a state of ever-diminishing certainty. The more pitiable though are the late stagers, wisely understanding that even a small portion of remaining ignorance might yet be their undoing.

- Michael Neff

Novel Writing Program You might well ask, for starters, what is the best approach for utilizing the four forums below as efficiently as possible? If you are new to AAC, or a member and not an Algonkian alum, the single best approach is to begin with the forum, "Novel Writing on Edge." Read the introduction and the novel writing topics arrayed in the forum, and once done, proceed to the more inclusive NWOE novel writing and development guide which is broken into three major sections, all of them crucial, and linked to the NWOE main website.

att.jpg However, if you are an alum, the best course of action is to obtain a login to the Algonkian Novel Writing Program (at no cost - request from AAC admin via the contact form), then proceed with the course modules while also absorbing the NWOE guide on a parallel track.

att.jpg It is also advisable to learn from a "negative" by paying close attention to the forum that focuses on bad novel writing advice. The next forum is a great overview by writers that covers four of the best books on novel writing. Don't neglectIt's worth a close look, i.e, if you're truly serious about writing a good novel. 

att.jpg On a parallel track we would be remiss not to remind you to also examine and reflect upon the AAC content in other forum sections (e.g. Kara's Cabinet). All contain valuable and often fascinating insights and advice regarding the world of books, novel pitching, and even reviews of novel writing videos.


  1. Novel Writing on Edge - Necessary Nuance, Strong Bewares, and Actual Results

    Novel Writing on Edge Platitudes, entitled amateurism, popular delusions, and erroneous information are all conspicuously absent from this collection of detailed novel writing guides and maxims. From concept to query, the goal is to provide you, the aspiring novel author, with the skills and knowledge it takes to realistically compete in the novel market of the 21st century

    Novel Writing on Edge Labors, Sins, and Six Acts - The NWOE Novel Writing Guide
    Novel Writing on Edge Best Ten Steps For Starting the Novel - All Genres
    Novel Writing on Edge Writing Novel Scenes - Drama, Sex, and Sass


  2. Bad Novel Writing Advice - "Novel Writing On Edge"

    YT Vids The best "bad novel writing advice" articles culled from Novel Writing on Edge. The point isn't to axe grind, rather to warn writers about the many horrid and writer-crippling viruses that float about like asteroids of doom in the novel writing universe. From conferences to writer groups to chat boards, they never cease to appear and threaten extinction. By posting these articles, we dearly hope we can at least save a few thousand misdirected souls. Will we?

    att.jpg Top Worst "Worst Writer Advice"
    att.jpg Are Writer Groups a Really Bad Idea?
    att.jpg Should Workshop Leaders Give Poor Writers False Hope?


  3. Art and Life in Novel Writing

    Novel Writing ProgramWriter takeaways on craft learned from the best books on plot and technique utilized in the commercial novel writing program including "The Art of Fiction" by John Gardner, "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass, "Write Away" by Elizabeth George, and "The Writing Life" by Annie Dillard.

    NOTE: the links below are selections from our AAC forum, Kara's Cabinet of Themes and Curiosities.

    Writing Goals Writing and the Disquiet of Self Doubt
    Knowing Your Genre You Don't Understand Genre?
    Publication Are You Ready to Get Published Part I
    Publication Interview With Blake "Save the Cat" Snyder

  4. Novel Writing Program - Modules And Consults

    Novel Writing CoursesNewly updated narrative, developmental, and editorial courses that compose the Algonkian Novel Writing Program. Crucial elements analyzed and applied include high-concept premise, counter-trait characters, Six Act Two-Goal Novel, hooks and core wounds, scene selection, set cinema, and more. All genres. Registration here. Program concludes with faculty video-consults to address final edits and query letter. Free to Algonkian alums.



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