Reverse-Outlining Your Novel

Many writers begin their outlining at their story's opening pages. But what if I told you the best way to outline is at your story's last pages?

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The ending is easily the most important part of your book.

So why do most writers plan out their ending last?

While writers naturally plot chronologically, I think a lot of problems can be solved if you start with the most important part of your story--its ending--and work your way backward from there.

That's what I'm tackling in this course.

Even better? I'm tackling it in a way that applies to outliners and non-outliners alike.

Enticed yet?

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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses

Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.

Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.

That's what you get in each of these mini courses.

Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.

Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.

Instead, each mini course will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.

Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!


What This Course Covers

This mini course explains how to write an ending that will wow your readers--and how to then use your ending to reverse-engineer the beginning and middle of your book. The techniques used in these lessons can be applied at any point during the writing process--whether you're still plotting your book, you're in the middle of writing the book, or you've already written it. Check out the course syllabus below to see what you'll be learning.


Do You Want to Create an Ending that Enthralls Readers?

If so, you need to structure the whole book so that it's leading up to that ending.

That's what this course is going to teach you how to do.

The process of reverse-outlining your novel can end up solving the problems of a bland ending, a sagging middle, and an irrelevant beginning.

I'm covering all three of those issues in this course.

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Your Instructor

Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf

I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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