How To (Really) Write a Novel
This is the radical new practical approach to writing a novel, with a series of over 100 motivational lessons to keep you writing daily to complete a novel with purpose and joy. You’ll be guided and supported from a cracking idea through pain-free plotting all the way to The End.
Your daily guidance is given to you in humourous and upbeat videos and text lessons from Booker Prize-listed author, Louise Dean, known for her ‘dark, witty and fearless’ novels. With each lesson you’ll be inspired and enthused to get some more words down. You’ll need to set aside just one hour a day for 3 months.
Discover the course writers describe as ‘life-changing’. It’s also a lot of fun. And why not? Your enjoyment is the key to writing a novel. Once you discover how easy it is to hold down the day job and write, you’ll only wish you’d started before.
What’s more, you’ll develop the technical skills to craft a compelling story and develop a page-turning plot with some unique and brilliant tools to plan, structure and pace your progress.
There is nothing textbook about this course. You’ll find it a breath of fresh air, giving you the confidence to explore the methods of great authors to fast-track your own novel writing.
You’ll be supported to stay on track with one-to-one writer coaching sessions with bestselling and award-winning authors to write to the end.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced writer, this is the course to get that novel done! Sign up and start today. We’re waiting to give you a warm welcome to our worldwide community of writers who have discovered happy writing.
The course at a glance
Create and write a first draft of your novel with daily lessons, writing exercises and tips from the online course created by a Booker Prize-listed author.
Write with one-to-one live coaching sessions by Zoom from bestselling and award-winning writing coaches with accountability built-in to keep you on track.
Weekly online classes
Join the world’s favourite writing group for novelists with author and agent guest events and weekly online writing classes. Engage in lively discussions with fellow writers.
Qualify for enrolment on The Big Edit course to get novels ready to secure world-class agency representation in the literary world with our fast-track direct submission service.
The Ninety Day Novel ®
Over 100 lessons, drip-fed daily, a whole range of writing tasks and personal coaching. Enjoy the course, coaching and community for a year.
The course is carefully structured to support your work-in-progress with video, text and downloads over six phases of development. You’ll be guided with practical writing tasks to prepare your initial idea, construct the novel from the ground up, develop a productive writing practice, power through the middle with bold plotting, and raise the stakes towards a satisfying ending. We keep you on track with our interactive story planning method shared with your coach before your coaching sessions. Accountability is a key success factor for our method. Unlike other courses, we focus on you and your story entirely.
1. The Inspiration and Preparation Phase
Where motivation meets method. Ten game-changing lessons to take at your own pace to get prepared to write your first draft. We’ll share with you our highly effective one-hour-a-day method for writing fiction. A complete mindset reboot and cleanse.
All successful novels take headspace and use the muscle of the heart too. You’ll discover how to create space and get your heart pumping alongside the writing skills you need to achieve your ambitions with our ‘Big Hack’. There’s never a perfect time to write a novel. That’s why the best time to write a novel is now. We’ll show you how. (You’ll find all of these ten lessons waiting for you ready to enjoy before the drip-fed daily lessons begin when you sign up.)
2. The Construction Phase
An intense two-week period to get the groundwork prepared for writing your novel. You’ll receive a lesson a day to help you pace yourself and you’ll start to write when you have everything you need to begin, no more, no less. We’ll start to develop the story outline with the main character, the all-essential character flaw or circumstantial problem, and look at how your setting and cast serve your story. You’ll discover the one-word secret to creating drama – all the key plot drivers you need when you are learning to write a great novel.
You’ll prepare a simple but deadly one-page plan for your first novel that packs the elements really essential to readers, publishers and agents. You’ll meet your writing coach to work through the outline together, get creative inspiration for development, check the plot, receive constructive feedback on your plan and get a big thumbs up to start writing a story you love.
3. The Swim Phase
We’ll advise you to write slowly as you develop the vital organs of your story and show you some novel writing techniques to build your confidence on the page.
We’ll consider who is telling the story, from what perspective and how, the matter of ‘voice’ and how the setting can drive the events unfolding in your plot.
You’ll be introduced to some of the methods of the all-time great writers and learn new techniques to make your writing sharper and smarter. As so many of our writers say, you’ll be surprised at how easy and painless your progress beyond the first 10,000 words has been.
4. The Heat Phase
Fierce and fabulous lessons from the frontline of an award-winning author’s real-life writing method to power you through the middle of your novel. Now you’re really cooking, knowing what’s working, staying on track with your daily writing and checking in with your writing coach to stay motivated.
Your daily word count will increase as you get deeper into the story and raise the stakes in your plot to head towards the midpoint, going from the old world of your main character’s problems into a new world of opportunity.
Here’s where you fall in love with your story.
5. The Enlightenment Phase
Game-changing insights daily to power you through your writing. We’ll examine the nuts and bolts of one of the greatest award-winning novels of all time to consider how to be both poet and programmer as you craft your novel.
We’ll show you the master strokes to fulfil your early promises to the reader with deft and economical touches that give those ‘a-ha’ moments. We’ll banish backstory and overwriting in favour of creating scintillating detail that advances the story line by line. You’ll see for yourself on the page that you’re becoming a good writer and mastering the craft skills.
6. The Home Phase
Here’s where it all comes together with the last 20 lessons combining the key elements of storytelling: theme, character, dramatic irony, narrative arc, and sub-plots working in harmony for a satisfying ending.
We’ll ensure your story plays out with a grand finale by finding your secret storytelling code. Your writer coach and our community will be cheering you all the way to The End. We’ll advise you on next steps and whizz you a course certificate to celebrate your achievement. You’ll have a novel done and can then move on to the next step in the process towards publication at your own pace, and after a well-deserved break and celebration.
You’ll be guided how to choose your writing coach in your course before you get started writing. You will be able to work side-by-side with a bestselling author as your mentor to ask them about their writing life and discover techniques appropriate to you and your story. Our writing mentors are positive, constructive and encouraging, and you’ll find your sessions allow time for questions to explore your plot in detail and get expert ideas to develop your fiction writing. Schedule one-to-one author coaching sessions by Zoom available in all time zones with the author mentor of your choice.
As a member, you’ll enjoy the support of our thriving and active worldwide online community, interaction with fellow students and be able to join author guest sessions and Q&As with literary agents and publishing professionals, as well as weekly online writing classes. You’ll be able to join specialist genre writing groups and live online workshops. You’ll get access to our library of recorded writing masterclasses with bestselling authors. We offer a phenomenal selection of resources for writers of every genre of fiction writing and memoir.
You’ll have a testament to writing skills of a high standard with our certificate of completion. Proof of expertise with an accomplishment overseen by a respected professional. The Novelry is the writing school recommended by the world’s leading literary agencies.
The Novel Development Plan
Have you got a novel in draft, either partially drafted or fully drafted but still at first draft stage? Is it time to take it all the way to a manuscript ready to submit to literary agents and publishers?
The Novel Development Plan would be the right choice to take it to the next stage working with an author writing coach and professional editors. The plan begins with helping you to revise the outline for the novel to get the story straight in the early lessons of The Ninety Day Novel Course, and a one-to-one coaching session to review the outline for your story before you proceed to develop your work through the course. You will then work with professional editors on The Big Edit Course to raise the novel to publishing standards. Includes The Ninety Day Novel Course, Membership and The Big Edit.
A managed pathway for submission to our literary agency partners.Sign up
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Your lessons are drip-fed to you daily to help you pace your writing journey with The Ninety Day Novel Course.
You can get access to all lessons immediately with The Novel Development Plan.
✨ If you are seeking extra feedback on your work as you write, why not consider The Finished Novel Course (without The Classic Course) which offers all the ingredients of The Novel Development Plan plus 3 feedback sessions and a full manuscript read? Find it here.
Reviews of Our Writing Courses
Writers love The Novelry
“Invaluable. A big eye-opener. I’ve done many writing courses, many of which rely heavily on the workshopping method. The Novelry’s Ninety Day Novel Course offers far more. It combines structured ‘how-to’, teaching, including textual analysis of works by great writers, coaching and one-to-one tutor contact including detailed feedback on problems, writing etc, all in one package and all available as you write your novel.”
“The Novelry teaches the fundamentals of storytelling, editing and how to grow an idea into a published piece of work. Apart from learning a lot, I have made friends with lots of interesting people at The Novelry. I also appreciate the way the accomplished writer coaches communicate. The Novelry is a warm, supportive place for people at all stages of writing. The Novelry has exceeded my expectations and enriched my life.”
—Dr Brooke Nolan
“The Novelry gave me the confidence that I could write a novel in ninety days. It works with your schedule so you can still do your full-time job, and introduces you to a community of writers. The program and its tutors make me feel welcome and treat me like a writer, not just a student. I learned how to build upon my writing layer by layer instead of getting overwhelmed by everything all at once.”
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