Don’t be intimidated by what academia has thrown at you.
How to write a novel, narrative writing, and descriptive writing, is not rocket science but it is a “technology”. All, so called “writing systems” leave out one of the most important ingredients.
Writing fiction, including story writing and writing a novel requires a great deal more than just story starters and writing styles – it requires an understanding and utilization of “mock-ups”.
Any creative writing course, that doesn’t teach the all-powerful but terribly simple concept of Mock-Ups, is leaving the job less than half done.