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Write Your Book: Start Strong and Get It Done

Lesson 9 of 21

Story Structure: Introduction


Write Your Book: Start Strong and Get It Done

Lesson 9 of 21

Story Structure: Introduction


Lesson Info

Story Structure: Introduction

Now we're gonna shift and we're gonna talk about story structure. So, story structure is the whole everything related to the shape of the story. How does it proceed? What does it look like? What is this thing that you're building? So we start to get into questions about the plot and questions about the protagonist because these things all go into this idea of what is the structure? How is it going to go? And it is the structure of story is something that I consider myself a student of. I just am fascinated by it, and it's kind of ruined me for reading or watching movies or anything (laughs) 'cause I'm constantly going, oh that was an interesting structural thing that they did there (laughs), or what was the author, how is the author gonna pull this off in this structural way? And the thing I always say about structure is that you can steal it. So that's what's great about structure is you can look at what somebody else has done, and it doesn't even have to be in your genre. And you can...

say, I wanna do that. So, you can borrow the structure. It's very much like in music symphony has a certain structure versus some other form of music. And you can say, I'm gonna adopt that shape or structure for what I'm going to write. So it's a really powerful thing to think about. And we're gonna go through a bunch of things that add up to, at the end of the structure segment I want you to be able to really see not, before we were looking at the book at a really high level. Now I want you to be able to see how is it gonna go? How is it gonna unfold?

Class Description

Do you dream of writing a book but can’t seem to get started? Or maybe you’ve started but can’t quite get to “The End”? You’re not alone! Most people who set out to write a book don’t know how to begin or how to proceed through the development of their story. They quickly get overwhelmed with the sheer number of decisions to be made and often fall into frustration or even despair.

The truth is that creativity alone won’t get your book out of your head and onto the page.In this course, you’ll learn to capture your creative energy and master your craft with a step-by-step plan to build your story from the ground up. You’ll create a framework that can support your book-writing process the same way a foundation holds up a house.

Author, teacher and book coach Jennie Nash will help you learn about your characters, your structure and your story so you can stop staring at a blank page wondering what to write next and instead move forward with confidence. You’ll get to know your story inside and out so that this time, you’ll finally finish your book—and finish strong.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design every element of your novel or memoir, including the protagonist, plot, story structure and a project success plan.
  • Define your narrator’s voice.
  • Determine where your story begins and where it ends.
  • Decide what point you’re making about human nature.
  • Make sure you’re giving your ideal reader exactly what they want.
  • Gain the confidence you need to push past any doubts and finish your book.


Nom Johnson

This is the first class I purchased on CL. I listened in on the Live Streaming day, taking notes furiously while feeling sooo blessed to finally have found such an outstanding industry expert who knew -- really knew -- what writers problem areas and blindspots were. Furthermore, Jennie is a GREAT teacher who doesn't just tell her listeners how to do things smarter but takes us by the hand and leads us through smart exercises or great stretches of well laid out logic that is deeply illuminating on how to do our job, LOADS better! And that, in the 1st draft instead of the 5th or 10th (if we're still tenacious enough to be hanging in by then.) I purchased it because streaming quality was poor (not sure why, I have top rate streaming package; made me think it could be a CL purposeful thing) and the course content too great to not own. I've started relistening, and will do so as many times as I need to in order to receive full benefit from Jennie's obvious expertise and great instruction. For ANYONE starting out in the world of novel or memoir writing, I DEEPLY RECOMMEND you get this course along with Lisa Cron's Story Writing one. With the 2 of them you will have done yourself the biggest favor EVER on the learning curve of the art -- and the science -- of writing the best book you're capable of.


Loved watching Jennie give this class. She brings great clarity to the writing process that for so long for me, has been so daunting. I can't wait to learn more from Jennie who's passion for writing is incredible, but also her heartfelt compassion for us writers is nothing I have ever seen. Thank you Jennie. ~Denise

Deborah Lucas

I love listening to Jennie Nash, especially for free any day. But I found this class to be so valuable, I bought it in a flash. I recommend it for anyone working on a novel. Even if you are well into a manuscript, this class will give you structure to understand your plot/emotional trajectory as well as the audience you are writing for. I can't say enough good things about it. FABULOUS!!!!