This module focuses on concepts, skills and techniques for the pre-writing development of a professional quality, full-length narrative project. Each session examines a particular element of the pre-writing process, building into a complete process you can use to hone and shape a potential novel or novella. The first sessions interrogate the initial stages of your creative process, such as defining the purpose of your work and examining ways to develop ideas into stories. Next, sessions on characterisation will help you to build a unique, believable protagonist and supporting cast. In the following weeks, you will critically examine the roles of plot and structure, then explore thematic architecture and world-building to create a purposeful network of themes and ideas underpinning your narrative. The final weeks will be dedicated to troubleshooting techniques and synopsis writing sessions to give you the tools to shape a compelling journey for your project and its characters while embracing the challenges of effective pacing and elegant exposition.