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Jo Jung-rae shares his know-hows on writing novels that touches readers' hearts

In this class,

Learn about the process of writing a novel from research to revision from the author of "Taebaek Mountain Range" and "Arirang".

All Lessons : 19 | 2:06:58

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Lesson 1

02:22

Intro

Based on his 50 years of literary life, Jo Jung-rae, a big star in the Korean literature community, called “the victory of the writer's spirit,” It suggests the way to go.

Based on his 50 years of literary life, Jo Jung-rae, a big star in the Korean literature community, called “the victory of the writer's spirit,” It suggests the way to go.

Free 1st lesson after sign up!

Lesson 2

05:59

Historical Epic Novel and Writer’s Spirit

This section discusses why Jo Jung-rae wanted to write historical sagas and the kind of writing that he wants to create.

This section discusses why Jo Jung-rae wanted to write historical sagas and the kind of writing that he wants to create.

Lesson 3

05:42

Novelist's Qualities

What is more important to become an excellent novelist: talent or determination? In this section, we hear what Jo Jung-rae has to say on the qualities of a novelist.

What is more important to become an excellent novelist: talent or determination? In this section, we hear what Jo Jung-rae has to say on the qualities of a novelist.

Lesson 4

06:05

How to Get Inspired

Inspiration means the divine revelation received. In this section, you will hear Jo Jung-rae's experience and thoughts on how artists get their inspiration.

Inspiration means the divine revelation received. In this section, you will hear Jo Jung-rae's experience and thoughts on how artists get their inspiration.

Lesson 5

12:21

Learn from「Arirang」(1) - Importance of Research

While writing his novel Arirang, Jo Jung-rae circled the planet three times for research purposes. In this section, the writer's retelling of his experience shows why on-site research is necessary.

While writing his novel Arirang, Jo Jung-rae circled the planet three times for research purposes. In this section, the writer's retelling of his experience shows why on-site research is necessary.

Lesson 6

06:18

Learn from「Arirang」(2) - Title & Background

The title is a crucial element that decides the fate of a novel, and background decides its mood. This section, which takes Arirang as an example, guides you through how to create a title and set the background of a novel.

The title is a crucial element that decides the fate of a novel, and background decides its mood. This section, which takes Arirang as an example, guides you through how to create a title and set the background of a novel.

Lesson 7

12:55

Learn from「Taebaeksanmaek」(1) - Sense of Calling

As Jo Jung-rae's first historical saga, The Taebaek Mountain Range is his masterpiece that has received much love from Korean people. However, Jo Jung-rae had to endure opposition for 11 years as he had to contest the accusation that The Taebaek Mountain Range violated the National Security Act. This section will fill you in on the writer's extraordinary sense of calling that has enabled the completion of his work in the face of the harsh political pressures.

As Jo Jung-rae's first historical saga, The Taebaek Mountain Range is his masterpiece that has received much love from Korean people. However, Jo Jung-rae had to endure opposition for 11 years as he had to contest the accusation that The Taebaek Mountain Range violated the National Security Act. This section will fill you in on the writer's extraordinary sense of calling that has enabled the completion of his work in the face of the harsh political pressures.

Lesson 8

09:30

Learn from「Taebaeksanmaek」(2) Creating a Character

This section discusses the characters of The Taebaek Mountain Range to describe how to render unique and vivid characterization.

This section discusses the characters of The Taebaek Mountain Range to describe how to render unique and vivid characterization.

Lesson 9

02:49

Narrative Point of View

Jo Jung-rae explains that perspective determines the vividness of characterization. This section describes how the differentiation between the first-person perspective and the third-person perspective influences the novel.

Jo Jung-rae explains that perspective determines the vividness of characterization. This section describes how the differentiation between the first-person perspective and the third-person perspective influences the novel.

Lesson 10

08:30

People Who Influenced My Writer Life

The birth of a great artist requires not only the individual's abilities but also a supportive environment. This section shares stories about his wife Kim Cho-hye and his father Jo Jong-hyeon, who have made Jo Jung-rae who he is today.

The birth of a great artist requires not only the individual's abilities but also a supportive environment. This section shares stories about his wife Kim Cho-hye and his father Jo Jong-hyeon, who have made Jo Jung-rae who he is today.

Lesson 11

06:58

Works That Influenced Me

Even a literary master is influenced by the works of others. This section shows what works greatly influenced Jo Jung-rae and what the writer realized.

Even a literary master is influenced by the works of others. This section shows what works greatly influenced Jo Jung-rae and what the writer realized.

Lesson 12

05:24

「Han River」(1) – Background of Writing the Work

In this section, you will hear a talk about the background of the creation of The Han River, the novel in the trilogy of modern history of Korea that is most popular among readers in their 20s or 30s.

In this section, you will hear a talk about the background of the creation of The Han River, the novel in the trilogy of modern history of Korea that is most popular among readers in their 20s or 30s.

Lesson 13

11:24

「Han River」(2) – Importance of the First Line

A novel is a linguistic tapestry woven with beautiful, various-colored verbal warp and weft. The first sentence especially demands the greatest attention from the writer, as it must capture readers to continue on to the second and third sentences. Let's check out the unique sentence building method as taught by Jo Jung-rae.

A novel is a linguistic tapestry woven with beautiful, various-colored verbal warp and weft. The first sentence especially demands the greatest attention from the writer, as it must capture readers to continue on to the second and third sentences. Let's check out the unique sentence building method as taught by Jo Jung-rae.

Lesson 14

08:18

Using Dialects in Writing

Jo Jung-rae frequently uses the Jeolla dialect in his works. In this section, you will see through various examples what effects the use of dialects can create.

Jo Jung-rae frequently uses the Jeolla dialect in his works. In this section, you will see through various examples what effects the use of dialects can create.

Lesson 15

04:21

Making People Impressed by the Writing

A writer must be able to touch the hearts of readers through his or her writing. Jo Jung-rae, the literary master, shares “how to write in a touching manner” on ViBLE.

A writer must be able to touch the hearts of readers through his or her writing. Jo Jung-rae, the literary master, shares “how to write in a touching manner” on ViBLE.

Lesson 16

04:22

Revision

Revision is a process that is integral to better perfect writing. This section shows Jo Jung-rae’s revision method.

Revision is a process that is integral to better perfect writing. This section shows Jo Jung-rae’s revision method.

Lesson 17

05:19

Rules for Writers

Jo Jung-rae says that there are rules which writers must observe. In this section, you will find the four principles that the novelist has practiced through his 50-year literary career and the three kinds of attitudes that artists must remain wary of.

Jo Jung-rae says that there are rules which writers must observe. In this section, you will find the four principles that the novelist has practiced through his 50-year literary career and the three kinds of attitudes that artists must remain wary of.

Lesson 18

03:16

Relationship with Your Readers

What does readership mean to a nationally renowned writer who has recorded 15 million copies in novel sales?

What does readership mean to a nationally renowned writer who has recorded 15 million copies in novel sales?

Lesson 19

05:05

Outro – Advice for Aspiring Writers

Jo Jung-rae says that there is a magical way to write well. This section presents the recipe that all literary aspirants must check out.

Jo Jung-rae says that there is a magical way to write well. This section presents the recipe that all literary aspirants must check out.

Recommended to

Readers who want to learn about novels and authors

Those who want to write to move people's hearts

Aspiring writers

Those who want to learn about Jo Jung-rae's artistic spirit

MASTER STORY

“Literature should contribute to humans for their decent human being lives.”

 

Novelist Jo Jung-rae, who has devoted his life to literature to the extent that he is called the victory of the spirit of the writer.

He is a great star in the Korean literary world who set a record with cumulative book sales exceeding 15 million copies by portraying the tragedies of modern and contemporary Korean history with " Taebaek Mountain Range" "Arirang" and "Han River."

 

Jo Jung-rae, who said inspiration is a “momentary ignition of countless accumulated thinking”,

wrote his work every single day, comparing his writing period to "an ecstatic literary prison."

He emphasizes the importance of steady effort rather than a natural gift.

 

Looking back on his 50 years of literary life, he uses his signature modern and contemporary history trilogy as an example

to tell the process from the conception of a novel, coverage, creating the character, sentence writing, to the know-how of revision.

This class also contains the literary world of Jo Jung-rae, such as his thoughts on the spirit of the writer, the novelist’s qualities, and the attitude novelist should have, through the behind-the-scenes story of his work.

 

For aspiring writers,

readers who love literature,

and anyone interested in our society,

 

ViBLE will be the best "ViBLE" to learn novelist Jo Jung-rae's creative writing theory.

Q & A

Q. What do you think the artistic spirit is?

Cultural historians around the world have formerly stated what authorship should be. They said that writers are supposed to tell the truth and that they should resist all that is inhumane in any time period, under any circumstances. As this calls for resistance to inhumane contradictions, writers have no choice but to be progressives.

Q. What would you like to say to those who want to become writers but unsure of their talent?

Genius is found not only in the arts but also in all other areas. Those geniuses have one thing in common. People who are called geniuses are those who reap huge achievements by keeping up with their lifetime work pursuing one single thing that they never get tired of. Thus, geniuses are not born but made. Made by whom? Yourself.

Q. How do you choose subject matters?

What is the most effective subject matter for writing? One important factor is that we have to choose issues that apply to everyone, issues that people can reach a consensus on, or issues connected to everyone’s lives. Then, we have to make a distinctive, novel, original, and touching description of the issue. Those should be the basics behind artistic work.

Q. What do readers mean to you as a writer?

Without readers, writers cannot exist. I want to tell you that writers cannot live any more as writers without readers than monarchs can rule without their territory. Don't forget that readers are level-headed. Please keep in mind that they will only show responses to well-written works. How many readers your works are going to have is up to you.

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