Follow the Words

David Baldacci

Lesson time 2:51 min

David believes the world always needs fresh voices. He offers his final words of encouragement for all aspiring writers.

David Baldacci
Teaches Mystery and Thriller Writing
In his MasterClass, bestselling thriller author David Baldacci teaches you how he fuses mystery and suspense to create pulse-pounding action.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] - After watching this class, I would love it if people would take away from the lessons that this is just one person's opinion on how to approach the craft of writing. There are a billion others. And I'm sure every person who has sat in this chair or done this program have had different ways of telling stories, different methods and processes they use. But it really all comes down to commitment to wanting to be a writer and being a storyteller. This world always needs fresh voices. Writers change the world. Books change the world. Everybody's waiting for the next book that people will read and say, my god, you know, this is a brilliant piece, and it makes me examine my whole life and what the world should be. So that-- all of you are the next component. You're the next vital cog in keeping this world of publishing and books and reading going. So I am proud to sit in this chair and talk to all of you and encourage you to pursue this because as much as you might need a class from me and I'm giving you some advice and tidbits and pieces of things that you could use in your life, I and the rest of the publishing world and the world in general, we need you a lot more. So for that-- for that hardworking writer who's trying to make it, you know, they have a job, they have a family. They're writing in the middle of the night. They keep getting rejections. Their career seems to be stalled. Nothing seems to be working. They feel-- you know, their confidence is ebbing away that they're not going to be in the right place at the right time. Nobody is going to see their material and actually appreciate it, and it's just not going to happen for them. I was there. I was there with you in the same moment in time. And all of that was happening to me. All of those doubts were creeping into me. What kept me going was simple. I couldn't stop writing. Writers who are meant to be writers will be writers because there's that inner drive that will not allow you to stop. And I've told people over the years-- and I mean it-- that if I had never been published, even at this date, I would still be writing because it was such a critical vital part of my life that I could not give up. If I had given it up, even though I hadn't been published, I would be a lesser soul and a lesser person than I am today. I would be, you know, a shadow image of what I could have been as a human being. That's how important the words are to me. And that will stand you through these tests of time. That will stand you through these periods where you think, nothing is ever going to go right for me. That's the fuel that you can draw upon and the food you can draw upon to keep going. It's not a cliche. I'm not just saying it to make you feel good. I have lived that. So I know that it can work if you persevere. Follow the words and follow your hearts, and good things will happen. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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David Baldacci has captivated readers across the world with gripping, suspense-fueled thrillers. Now the New York Times–bestselling author of 38 novels shares his techniques for crafting authentic characters, developing research-based plots, and navigating the world of publishing. Learn how to write a novel with red herrings, clues, and plot twists that will keep your readers turning the pages.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I loved how real & personal these lessons have been. It has been a joy to listen to real life experiences in a writer's journey. I'm grateful for the advice David Baldacci has given in a sincere and heartfelt way. Thank you!

David Baldacci's Master Class offers inspiration, motivation, and validation to writers and aspiring writers of all genres and abilities. I must confess that I have not read any of his books, but I have know a lot of readers who thirst for his words. However, having watched this course, his advice resonates with valid points across all aspects of the writing process. Excellent! Thank you.

Mr. Baldacci is an amazing teacher. I really enjoyed this Masterclass.

I appreciated David Baldacci's passion and specificity when offering advice.


Aaron M.

One of the best Masterclasses to date. So well done, Mr. Baldacci. Thank you for sharing!

Val C.

I enjoyed this very much and was glad to see that two chapters on the business of writing were included. I believe that what comes after the writing, the business and marketing, is hard for most writers, and this helped fill that gap. Thank you for an interesting course!

Carlene G.

Thank you so much for doing this lesson. I feel motivated and inspired. You said so much I can relate to. It has really blessed me and I'm so thankful. Thank you, David Baldacci.

laura J.

Thank you is barely enough, your a wonderful teacher! I will definitely need to do this class again, so inspiring, fun and informative.

Dorothy N.

Loved your master class. Lots of pearls given. Thank you for your honesty. I am again motivated to get on with my stories.

Dan U.

Excellent! However...great writers know what to do and when to do it. It’s a gift. This man, David Baldacci provides great motivation and covers many nuances of writing. I shall have to chime in again to all of the classes of interest to me and provide explicit detail of all. Mr. Baldacci is charming, brilliant and understands the business side of his craft as well. Thank you so much...Masterclass.com for this collection of superb artists that will surely enhance all those who seek to enrich themselves in their areas of interests!

A fellow student

An excellent class filled with nuts and bolts information and tips. Thank you for your generosity, David.

A fellow student

Great class. I learned a few things and will carry your kind words and advice in my writing.

Beverly B.

Thank you! I am encouraged to plow on and edit my book! I will turn in my manuscript! Thank you!!!

Janelle T.

Thank you for your amazing words of advice. I'm astonished by the way you talk about your writing journey and process, and it strongly inspires me to continue to establish my own. Beautiful!