Established fiction theory
There are many accepted principles of what makes a good story. Use the tried and tested blockbuster and bestseller formula to structure the small and large scale of your plot, ensuring you have a strong beginning, gripping middle and satisfying end.
The practical guide is based on theory gleaned from a range of established sources, including Joseph Campbell, Dwight Swain and Brandilyn Collins.
Modern teaching methodology
In Victorian times they figured if you drilled something often enough, eventually it would penetrate the skull and embed itself in the brain. These days we know this to be an extremely ineffective way to distribute knowledge and understanding. The Novel Factory applies modern teaching methods, including taking into account different types of learners, engaging different parts of the brain, demontration, non-repetitive consolidation and much more.
If all goes to plan, you won't even notice you're being taught!
Business efficiency principles
There's a common image of 'artists' as needing to be completely free of constraints - working whem the whim takes them and following their instincts and muses. Well, most successful authors will tell you that this is not going to get you very far. A professional writer needs structure and objectives, and needs to stick to them.
From pareto's 80 / 20 principle to SMART targets, we apply efficiency theory and practice that has been developed in the business world - where they can't afford to let fluffy misconceptions get in the way of finding true effectiveness.
As with the teaching methodology, you won't notice a lot of the principles that have been applied - but you will benefit from them.
Technological automation and data management
Organization of notes and data is a depressing, time consuming chore. But without well organized information, putting ideas and notes down on paper (or screen) in the first place can mean a lot of wasted effort. This is one of the strongest benefits of using software specifically built for purpose.
The software can sort and categorize your notes, and even highlight where there might be holes in your planning. It can keep track of drafts so you don't end up rewriting the same paragraph hundreds of times, while other chapters languish behind. All the data and notes about your characters are at your fingertips, not buried in a drawer, lost in a pile of bills and old shopping lists.