So I started the Coursera course, Write Your First Novel, to hopefully guide me through completing a novel. Like most writers, I’ve started many and never finished one. Anyway, since I’m working quite a bit right now (I’m a pharmacist), I’m plugging away at it on my off days.
First assignment was to create the idea for your novel. I already had the idea, but the course helped me write a better synopsis I think:
The first time Chelsea Resmon sees the red filly, Fyrestorm, galloping in the green pastures of Wisdom Ranch and Racing Stables, it’s love at first sight. But Fyrestorm is an outcast at the ranch because of her bad bloodlines. Half-Arabians aren’t suitable for horse racing Chelsea is informed. Chelsea is an outcast at her high school, because she too is different. She can’t help but be drawn to Fyrestorm. Chelsea forms a bond with the filly and begins to ride the magnificent filly in secret. For the first time in her life, Chelsea feels empowered and like her life has meaning, but then an accident threatens to separate Chelsea and Fyrestorm forever.
The next assignment was to create a logline, which is only one sentence and has specific elements to it’s structure. I always struggle with these one sentence descriptions, but here goes:
An ostracized teenage girl captures the love and trust of wild red filly who she hungers to ride to victory before the naysayers can vanquish her dreams.
And the last assignment for week 1 was to create a dramatic question. I first came up with this, which is too vague:
Will Chelsea and Fyrestorm achieve victory despite all the obstacles in their way?
So I changed it to this:
Will Chelsea and Fyrestorm achieve victory despite her mom and Strider forbidding Chelsea to ride the filly after a disastrous accident?
The course is 26 weeks long, I hope to have a rough draft of a novel when finished and I’m going to blog about my journey as I go.
For those who want to join the course here’s the link:
For those who want to join my little writing group, here’s the link: