I began the first Two Year Novel Course at Forward Motion (www.fmwriters.com) in January, 2004. The course covered writing a novel from the very first idea all the way through submission (or later, for Indie Authors -- all the way to publication). The course is filled with information to help people at every step, and while some new writers found it useful, even those who had written a few novels found things to help them shift their thinking for newer projects.
I am ending the last set of the original classes in December, 2011. I had also published two books (one for each year of the course) at Holly Lisle's store, but those are no longer available.
Since everything was closing down, I thought to give the course a break, edit the books in a year or so, and make them available again . . . later.
However, many people began asking me about the classes and the books. I knew I didn't have time to edit the entire two (or even one) year course right now so I decided to put the material out in sets, which I could edit as groups, making the work a bit less daunting and giving people the ability to take the entire course or pick up the ones they want.
There will be nine pieces in all:
Basics (this one) Weeks 1-5
Characters Weeks 6-13
World building Weeks 14-25
Outlines Weeks 26-33
Writing the First Draft/1 Weeks 34-45
Writing the First Draft/2 Weeks 46-65
Editing -Second Draft Weeks 66 -77
Editing - Final Draft Weeks 78 - 88
Submission and Publication Weeks 89 - 104
This is a total of 104 classes so if you do one a week (I always started the courses the first week of January), you will have completed everything in two years. This is how I presented the 2YN course online for eight years. I hope to have all the pieces edited and up for sale by the end of year one, though, so people will not have to stick to this timeline.
Each class includes the 'lecture' plus an assignment and examples.
Not everything will help you, and certainly not everything will help with every book you write. However, the more an author is willing to look outside their usual patterns, the more likely they are to find the spark to write something new and different.
The first set will be out in the next few days so people can be ready to start the classes in January. The sets will be $0.99 each and I will put them out as often as I can, but there is no schedule. How often depends a great deal on the rest of my work. While I don't intend to do extensive editing, the publishing world has changed drastically in the eight years since I began this course. Also, the course was originally designed to run on Forward Motion, and I am removing those references so people will not be tied to any sort of on-line structure.
I will announce here and on Twitter (LazetteG) as the pieces are available. Look for the 2YN tag.