From James Patterson's MasterClass


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

Topics include: We hope you feel inspired and excited by all the information James has shared!


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

Topics include: We hope you feel inspired and excited by all the information James has shared!

James Patterson

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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.

The perfect motivation for finally writing my book. Up to 40k words

Love the power and flow James builds structure to the process of putting words to paper.

Thank you James Patterson for all your humor and advise . I have read your books for a long time and you are my number 1 favorite author ,

Well, I have two pages of exciting notes! I enjoy James and his straight forwardness, He adds humor which is wonderful and makes me feel relaxed!


A fellow student

Your easy style and practical tips have helped me to understand more of where I am on my writing journey

A fellow student

I have thoroughly enjoyed you sharing your experiences in this session. Most of all you were candid about your life as a writer. Thank You Mr. Patterson!


The course was interesting and helpful in writing dialogue and telling a good story.


I find him to be refreshingly down to earth. A nice guy, a good father ...someone I’d want to be friends with. And he’s a heck of a great writer!

Redmond R.

This course is the best written and most informative course out here on MasterClass (RL Stein brung a very close second). If all courses were like this I would keep MasterClass

Lorraine A.

Here's your nudge, James Patterson. You deserve it for making me see what needs to be seen.


Dear James, This has been one of the most practical writing classes on this site. I listened to your advice twice, and will take it to heart and will definitely nudge you again when my novel becomes famous! Respect, Amy

Fred K.

I liked the course and found it helpful. I did not see how to get into the notes or lesson assignment.

Cynthia W.

This is my first class and I am afraid I screwed up the star category to a three when it should have been a 5. I love Patterson's style of writing and thought he was clear and concise in illuminating his particular style. Yes, I enjoyed the feeling of actually meeting the man and seeing his genuineness and honesty.

Andrew Stephen L.

Pale Snails Tails The debate was on between the dolphin and the whale.Should pale snails tails be allowed in the sales?The dolphin wanted to exchange two fish for the delicious sort after dish of pale snails tails, flailed and sundried on nails all the way from Exotic Wales.Unfortunately the whale had never seen a snail but the dolphin assured him that he had one day done a triple reverse flip and seen one on a sailing ship and so he really knew what he was talking about.The whale had recently been released from jail and was on his way to the English Dales; He thought 2fish was worth it for the perfect wish of the most sort after dish of his pale snail tails,flailed and sun dried on nails, deep fried with kale all the way from Exotic Wales. The whale was about to go,so the dolphin,who was also on his way to the English dales to deliver some dolphinian mail,gave a discount of one fish if the whale took his mail quick.The dolphin said that they were VINTAGE pale snail tails,sun dried on nails deep fried with kale all the way from Exotic Wales.Oh VINTAGE PALE SNAILS TAILS,you hadn't said,said the head of the very large whale.The whale agreed to the deal,switched the fish and took the dolphin mail and won the most sort after dish of snails tails sun dried on nails all the way from Exotic Wales .The whale decided to eat the snails tails when he arrived safely in the English Dales,then he swam off with the Dolphin mail. On the way he met a she-whale,they were chatting when she got trapped in a whirlpool; oh no the whale who had already fallen in love had to nudge,nudge and nudge her free,fortunately he was a big whale and saved her that day from the wave that might have swept her away.Phew she kissed him and the happy whales decided to get married on arrival in the English Dales.He was a happy happy whale. 🙂 Off they swam together and he impressed her by offering her some of his vintage pale snails tails, flailed and sun dried on nails, deep fried with kale all the way from Exotic Wales. Todays date was march 2010,they were about to tuck on in when the whale noticed the best before date was December 2008!! What!!! In a rage he realised they certainly were VINTAGE!,He'd been had!He almost came off the rails and went mad! On arrival in the English dales he met a lark,he decided he'd sell most sort after dish of the perfect wish of vintage snails tails,flailed and sun dried on nails, deep fried with kale all the way from Exotic Wales.He decided hey why not?do a quick sale before they started to rot.The lark was very hungry and agreed to buy them for two fish.The whale was about to swap the perfect wish of the most delicious dish of snails tails,flailed and sun dried on nails,deep fried with kale all the way from Exotic Wales,when he realised he might end up back in jail.The whale gave up the idea and gave them away,he swam away into the high tide, with his best princess she-whale to get married in the English dales and decided that on their honeymoon they would return to Exotic Wales to to find some fresh pale snails tails,flailed and sun dried on nails,deep fried with kale;yet really the whales knew not what Pale Snails were, or if delicious their tails!!!!!!!