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Writing a Novel Step by Step

A course by Cristina López Barrio , Writer

Writer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2020

Learn the keys to writing a novel and stimulate your imagination with practical exercises that connect you with your inner world

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (2.4K)
  • 62274 students

Learn the keys to writing a novel and stimulate your imagination with practical exercises that connect you with your inner world

For some, writing is a way to dream, escape from reality, and travel to worlds that only exist in our imagination. For Cristina López Barrio, it's much more than that, it's a way of life. After working thirteen years as a lawyer, she decided to devote herself to writing full time in 2009. Since then, she has achieved several important milestones in her career such as publishing her novel La casa de los amores imposibles in 22 countries, getting it translated in 15 languages, and being selected as a Premio Planeta finalist for her book Niebla en Tánger.

The creative process is similar to a roller coaster with its ups and downs. In this course, embark on a literary journey with Cristina and learn how to write a novel from cover to cover, including how to develop your concept, characters, narrators, and the setting and time frame. By the end of the course, you'll have the tools to transform your ideas into words on a page and write an original story.

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What will you learn in this online course?

23 lessons & 23 downloads

9 minutes, 10 seconds
Materials 1
14 minutes, 26 seconds
Theme, Idea and Plot 1
13 minutes, 51 seconds
11 minutes, 6 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (2.4K)
  • 62274 students
  • 23 lessons (4h 36m)
  • 23 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an outline with all the key elements needed to write a novel with an original plot.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Creative minds who love to read and anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel but doesn't know where to begin.

Requirements and materials

You don’t need any prior knowledge, just the desire to connect with your imagination and discover your inner writer.

The materials for this course include two notebooks, a pen or a pencil, and a computer if you'd prefer to write your novel in a digital format.


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Cristina López Barrio

Cristina López Barrio studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid and worked as a lawyer and intellectual property expert for thirteen years. In 2009, after winning the Villa Pozuelo de Alarcón Young Adult Novel Award for her book El hombre que se mareaba con la rotación de la Tierra (Everest 2009) and publishing her novel La casa de los amores imposibles (Plaza&Janés, 2010), she decided to fully devote herself to writing.

Since then, La casa de los amores imposibles has been translated into 15 languages and published in 22 countries including the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Israel, and Mexico. Cristina has also published a collection of stories titled El reloj del mundo (Flash from Penguin Random House, 2012) and several other novels like El cielo en un infierno cabe (Plaza&Janés 2013), Tierra de brumas (Plaza&Janés 2015), and Rómpete, corazón (Planeta 2019). In October 2017, she was chosen as a finalist for the Premio Planeta award for her novel Niebla en Tánger.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    In Search of Inspiration

    • Materials 1
    • Materials 2
    • Imagination 1
    • Imagination 2
    • Looking for Us 1
    • Looking for Us 2
  • U3

    In Search of Creativity

    • Theme, Idea and Plot 1
    • Theme, Idea and Plot 2
    • Theme, Idea and Plot 3
    • Characters: Construction or Possession 1
    • Characters: Construction or Possession 2
    • The Conflict
    • Of Narrators and Gods 1
    • Of Narrators and Gods 2
    • Objects
  • U4

    In Search of Another Dimension

    • Space
    • Time
    • Time Jumps: Narrative Form and Tension
    • Our Novel Scheme
  • U5

    In Search of the Narrative Voice

    • A Good Start
    • Everything Is Possible If You Fit Into the Created World
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing a Novel Step by Step

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Writing a Novel Step by Step. Writing course by Cristina López Barrio Best seller

Writing a Novel Step by Step

A course by Cristina López Barrio
Writer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (2.4K)
  • 62274 students