James Patterson

Lesson time 3:17 min

You've been given the tools to help write your next book. Now what?

James Patterson
Teaches Writing
James teaches you how to create characters, write dialogue, and keep readers turning the page.
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I am peculiar, obviously, and that peculiarity has had its rewards. So I share things with you and you have to pick what's going to be relevant to you. I think, and I said this to somebody yesterday, that the things that seem the dumbest to you right now, the most foreign, that I'm just dead wrong, those are the things you really want to pay the most attention to and really analyze whether they-- because those are the things that are farthest from what you're doing now, and maybe the most interesting, and maybe the most beneficial. The things that seem like oh my God, that's really, that wouldn't work for me, or that's crazy. There's nothing I'm going to tell you that's crazy. That I will guarantee. I am crazy, but what I do is sane. People get too into, this is the way it's been, here's the rules of writing, here's the rules of literature, here's the rule-- who said? Really God does not come down and lay down, here are the 20 commandments of writing a story. And just because it's been done in a certain way forever does not necessarily mean it's right. And also means don't walk away from what's been done, but also you don't have to follow it blindly. Things change. We do new shit. Why am I doing this? I like the feeling of doing something that's going to help people. I just, I like giving pleasure to other people, whatever. That's not the worst thing in the world. There was a story in the San Francisco Chronicle at one point and a whale was kind of hopelessly trapped in a bunch of fishing lines and crab traps and whatever, and it was decided that the only way that they could get the whale out was a bunch of rescuers had to literally swim out there and start clipping away with little scissors all of these lines and ropes. And it took them half a day to get this whale loose and what happened is the whale did not swim out to sea, rather the whale went around, literally, from person to person, these rescuers, nudged them, and these people who rescued said that they would never forget that experience and it changed their lives. And that I think is what it's about to give to somebody else. And that's what really moves me. That kind of thing that I'm going to be out there and to some extent for some of you, it's what I'm saying will change your lives and free you from whatever's stopping you from writing your books or stopping you from writing them successfully. And that maybe you'll nudge me a little bit before you swim back out to sea and become famous.

Set out to write a best-selling book

James Patterson, the author of 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, reveals his tricks of the trade. In his first online writing class, he guides you from the start to the finish of your book.


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

I found James Patterson to be encouraging, inspirational, motivating and passionate. He shares a real-life synopsis for successful writing.

Love James's teaching style! Direct and fast pace narrative

I loved the class! James is a great instructor.

James Patterson's masterclass gave great insight on many areas of writing. I was impressed by what he taught and I will implement his ideas. Thank you for sharing James.


E S.

Loved James' unvarnished advice on commercial novel writing. Learned a lot about pace and the value of outlines, rewriting and editing dialogue. Hoping I can apply it all!

A fellow student

Great. Learned a lot. Had a hard time with the profanity and booze. Funny that you signed another author's book! Always wondered how you could be so prolific! Thank you.

shanell F.

James Patterson makes you feel he's talking directly to you, like a father would. No B.S straight to the point.

Antony P.

It’s a step by step process. Warm ups are pretty much done now. Comes a time to step up and let fly. 🤓

Antony P.

I should let fly, and take my chances. Seems a basic truth I’ll never regret. Thankfully as this class had helped me come to this basic decision, a certain sum of actual money to make a movie as writer director has landed firmly in my grasp. Thanks for the insights!

A fellow student

I thoroughly enjoyed James' candid sense of clarity! Finding my voice in writing is the best take away for me. I totally wanted him to keep speaking even as his MasterClass ended! Great Master Class Mr. James Patterson!

joseph M.

James' real world experience as described first hand...and I didn't even have to buy the drinks. Enjoyed it from start to finish.


Mr. Patterson's demeanor and straightforward approach made absorbing his ideas not only easy but also enjoyable.

A fellow student

Loved it❤️! I was especially inspired by his closing story about the whale. And I hope to be able thank him some time in the near future ,meanwhile I’m restarting his masterclass so I can listen to it a second time!

Jay M.

The greatest lesson for me is to overcome all my self doubt and fear and to just keep writing - every day.