How to Write Your First Novel SP

Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start? Does the idea of writing a novel fill you with insecurities and confusion? 

Most new writers don’t know what to focus on, or where to start. Most new authors are afraid that won’t finish, or that their novel won’t be good. 

Fear is a completely natural reaction – writing a novel is a huge accomplishment! And the thought of it can be daunting. But I’ve got great news.  

You can dissolve that fear. You can find your confidence. You can sit down and WRITE YOUR NOVEL. And you can do all of that by arming yourself with the tools you need.  

If you want to be a doctor, you need to go to med school.  

If you want to be an electrician, you need to attend trade school.  

If you want to speak Spanish, you need lessons.  

If you want to write a book, you need to learn how. 

Trying to write a book without knowing HOW is like trying to build a house without a contractor’s license.  

You won’t know where to start. 

You won’t know what tools to use. 

You won’t know how to build a great foundation. 

Five years ago, I made that mistake. I had no knowledge, no idea of where to begin, and I sat down and tried to write my first book.  

 It was one of the hardest experiences of my life.  

Four or five times, I came close to giving up.  

I made the process so much harder than it needed to be. 

Now, five years later, I’ve written fifteen novels. I’ve hit the New York Times Bestseller list six times. I’m published in over twenty countries, and recently attended a movie premiere of one of my books.  

My life has changed in a hundred incredible ways, and it was all because I wrote a novel.  

Now, I want to help you write yours.  

Let’s talk about the common fears associated with writing a book.

Are you overwhelmed at the thought?  

That’s natural! I will break down the process into a step-by-step plan. I will explain every step of the process with video tutorials, whiteboard explanations, and fun and interactive exercises.

Are you worried that you won’t find an idea, or that your idea isn’t good enough? 

I’ll show you awesome ways to find ideas, and how to figure out what separates a great idea from a dud. I’ll also show you how to take an idea from blah to badass! 

Do you think you don’t have time to write a book?

There’s no time limit on your dreams, and writing a novel doesn’t have an expiration date. My course is designed to take at your own pace, and the content never expires. If you can spare three hours a week, you can write the first draft of your novel by this time next year. Think of that! A year from now, you could have written a novel. Give yourself the time. Put yourself, and your dreams first. Find three hours a week, and write your book. 

Are you afraid that your book won’t be any good?  

So was I! But you don’t need to be. I will teach you how to create characters that jump off the pages. I will teach you how to improve your writing, and give you the tools to create an addictive and interesting novel. I will give you the confidence, and show you the joy, in writing a novel. Set aside your fears, and give yourself the chance to be successful. Give yourself the chance to become someone’s favorite author, or to write someone’s favorite book. .

The courses include:

Over 75 Videos

Learn each concept in an easy and fun format.

78 Lessons

This content covers every single step in the process, from Chapter 1 to The End.

Downloadable Course Workbook

Stay on track with a printable workbook and exercise sheets.

Over 14 Hours of Content

Each lesson is packed with helpful tips and instructions. Work through the course at your own pace!

Your course content never expires

The course is continually updated

Exclusive access to webinars hosted by Alessandra

Retake lessons as often as you like

What Our Students Say:

""Thank you Alessandra! These videos are very helpful in clarifying my thoughts on the writing process, the order of things, and in making up my to do list. Thank you so much for taking time to do this!"

-Five Star Review from Andra 

"If you are a wanna be...this course is for you! I strongly encourage anyone who has that book in their head or heart trying to find its way out to jump into Alessandra's terrific Writing 101 Course. Take it in at your own pace, and enjoy her upbeat, funny teaching style. 

This may be just the shot in the arm you've been waiting for!"

-Five Star Review from Tina

Want to know what the course covers?  



  • Welcome!  
  • Two Words That Will Change Everything...  
  • Your Course Workbook 
  • Assignment 1: Set a Goal  
  • What You Need To Write  
  • Decide What to Write  
  • Social Media and Support  

Finding Your Story  

  • Section Summary  
  • Finding Ideas  
  • Assignment 2: Find Ideas  
  • Your Idea Checklist  
  • Assignment 3: Pick An Idea  

Developing Your Story Idea  

  • Section Summary 
  • Are you an Outliner or a Pantser? 
  • Creating Your Outline 
  • What If...? 
  • Assignment 4: What-if-ify 
  • The Stages of Your Book
  • Discussion: Outlining 
  • Are You Done With Your Outline?  

How to Actually Write  

  • Section Summary 
  • How a Book is Built 
  • How to Write a Scene 
  • Your Tackle Box 
  • Using Your Characters 
  • Mini-Cliffhangers 
  • Flashbacks 
  • Time Breaks 
  • Foreshadowing 
  • Using XXX 
  • Dialogue 
  • Assignment 5: Dialogue 
  • Characters & Dialogue 
  • Dialogue Quiz 
  • Descriptions 

Starting to Write  

  • Section Summary 
  • Scrivener vs Word 
  • Assignment 6: 4 Important Questions About Your Book 
  • Types of First Chapters 
  • Assignment 7: First Chapters 
  • Discussion: First Chapters 
  • First Chapter Myths 
  • Assignment 8: Write Your First Chapter 
  • First Draft Thoughts 
  • It's Time to Write!  

The Long Haul  

  • At 15,000 words 
  • At 30,000 words 
  • Discussion: Your Novel 
  • At Your Climax 
  • When You Reach The End 
  • Picking a Pseudonym (or Not) 
  • How to File Your Copyright  

Rewrites and Final Steps  

  • Section Summary 
  • How to Rewrite 
  • Beta Reader 101 
  • Discussion: Rewrites 
  • Self-Published vs Traditional Publishing 
  • When You REALLY Reach the End!  

*Bonus Content*  

  • Editing Your Novel 
  • Author Interview - Jennifer Probst 
  • Author Interview - Lauren Blakely  

Designed, Developed and Taught By:  

Alessandra Torre New York Times Bestselling Author  

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Two of her books have been optioned for film, and her books have been translated into eight different languages, in over twenty countries. Alessandra is a self-publishing advocate and speaks frequently to universities, conventions and author groups.  

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