Masterclass is an online set of classes offered to aspiring writers and authors. In these classes, leading figures in different fields teach their students the tricks of their chosen trade. People like Helen Mirren, Margaret Atwood and Gordon Ramsey teach people acting, writing and cooking respectively. I’ll be focusing on lessons from worldly writers and authors that have sold a lot of books. From learning from best-selling authors, your writing should greatly improve.
First of all, we can learn from authors’ experiences. J.K. Rowling wrote a masterpiece in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. The book, one of the best-selling of all time with over 100 million copies sold, did not initially fare that well in the market place. After her publishing company gave away books to libraries and book stores when one of the publisher’s children like it, it started to do really well. This shows that generosity and perseverance in the face of failure are important characteristics of book success.
Dan Brown, the best-selling author of the Robert Langdon Series, has his own masterclass program. I haven’t signed up to it, but, in the trailer, he said that writers should not worry about being overly original. A lot of the great books out there have predecessors who wrote similar stories. J.K. Rowling dabbled in magical fantasy after J.R.R. Tolkien did in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, for example. It is fine to write something that has been partially explored before, as long as you are not engaging in plagiarism.
In a BBC article, Sophie Kinsella, the successful author of the Shopaholic series, says that getting to the end of the book is one of the most important aspects of writing. You should walk around with a notebook, to jot down ideas; write the story that you would like to read and plan your books. Those are just some of her tips. A full list of her top ten tips can be found below. Here is the link:
In conclusion, it’s great to write and it’s even better to learn from the best out there. You can learn directly from the best-selling authors in Masterclass session. Learning from what is known about publishing experiences, for example, is a great way to make your book a success. One good tidbit is to not obsess over originality. You can get a more detailed list from Sophie Kinsella; at the end of the day, what you learn is what matters most.