Novel Boot Camp – July 2016

Novel Boot Camp 2016 – Starts July 1st!

The third annual Novel Boot Camp will be held this July. It will include lectures, discussion questions, and writing workshops. This year, for the first time, lectures will be done in video format. To join Novel Boot Camp 2016, you can follow the blog or my YouTube channel.

Novel Boot Camp 2015

The second annual Novel Boot Camp was held in August 2015.

Novel Boot Camp 2014

Novel Boot Camp was a lecture series and online workshop held in July of 2014. The posts are listed below for your convenience.

The Lectures

Lesson #1: The First Page Promise

Lesson #2: Introducing the Main Character

Lesson #3: How to Avoid Info Dumping

Lesson #4: Writing Believable Dialogue

Lesson #5: Character Motivation

Lesson #6: Internal and External Conflicts

Lesson #7: Be Ruthless

Lesson #8: Writing Believable Antagonists

Lesson #9: The Saggy Middle

Lesson #10: The Character Arc

Lesson #11: Developing Your Voice

Lesson #12: Writing a Series

Lesson #13: Handling Romance

Lesson #14: Strengthening the Setting

Lesson #15: The Climax

Lesson #16: Nailing the Denouement

Lesson #17: Dialogue Tags

Lesson #18: Identifying Your Novel’s Genre

Lesson #19: How to Self-Edit


The workshops are closed, however you are welcome to view and learn from the old posts.

Workshop 1: The Genre Guessing Game

Workshop 2: First Page Critique Session

Workshop 3: Help Me, Help Me!

Workshop 4: Ask the Editor

Workshop 5: Query Letter & Blurb Critique

Connect with Other Novel Boot Camp Participants

Even if you missed Novel Boot Camp, you are more than welcome to join us on Twitter or Facebook.

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This free online course is one of the most ambitious things I’ve ever taken on. My goal is for the course to be a wild success so that it can be repeated (with new content!) year after year. If possible, your donation would help support the huge time investment of Novel Boot Camp. If you can’t afford a donation, I totally understand! Please consider sharing my posts and writing positive reviews on your blog.

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82 thoughts on “Novel Boot Camp – July 2016

  1. shellysteig says:

    Hi Ellen, Is there any way to access the earlier lectures? I got waylaid by some family 911s and wasn’t able to keep up. I’m trying to catch up now…

  2. Aleksandar Zaykov says:

    Hey Ellen,
    My wholehearted gratitude for what you’ve been doing for all of us. After reading, watching, listening to a ton of materials on writing I can say with absolute certainty that you blog, videos and NOVEL BOOT CAMP are the single most relevant source there is.
    Big ‘Thank you!’ and YOU ROCK!

  3. smithreynolds says:

    I love reading selections and commenting, but boy, once I leave a comment and try to access the next story, it’s really hard to get back there. That may be one reason people quit commenting.

  4. nicolelochoa says:

    I am very excited to watch these videos. I found you on YouTube and watched all I could there. Your teaching is succinct and clear. Thank you for your contribution to my writing.

  5. johnsonofdaw says:

    It maybe just me Ellen, but I find it very frustrating trying to navigate around your website, I’m forever finding myself in 2014 or having to go to your search or back to an email to find what I’m looking for. A simple index at the top of the homepage with links to the pages would be a big help.

    Thanks for so much free advice.

    • Ellen_Brock says:

      In the sidebar on the blog page if you scroll down you can select the month from the drop-down menu. If you select July 2016, you will only see posts from this Novel Boot Camp unless you click on the recommended posts at the bottom or side.

    • Pam Portland (@TruckingWriter) says:

      This is my third year trying to make it through Novel Boot Camp. (My first year I took a new job the day it started and I found myself packing up my home and moving halfway across the country. The second year I was at said job in a remote location with no internet, so I would download the content and read or comment during the rare intervals where I had wifi.) I found the best way to follow along is to subscribe and get daily notifications for each lesson. I can simply click on the lesson title at the top of the email and go directly to the newest lecture. Even when I get a few days behind, the lessons are waiting in my inbox in chronological order.

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