How To Write A Novel


'The first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months, the length of a season. If you spend too long on your piece, the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel.’  Stephen King.


But how do you know you’re doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time?

Award-winning, Man Booker longlisted, published author of four novels, Louise Dean will walk you through creating the first draft of your novel from scratch and guide you through to ‘The End’. 

You'll complete the course with a new writing habit, a way of writing that will last you a lifetime, and the confidence to know you're not wasting your time anymore.

You're a writer, writing.

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Our Famous Ninety Day Novel ® Online Course.

Available worldwide in all currencies. Write with confidence from start to finish with step-by-step guidance via video and text online from an award-winning novelist daily. Get support for your success.



a month for 3 months

The Ninety Day Novel ® course drip-fed daily with over 100 lessons on a beautiful platform with one-to-one support to complete a first draft.

- 3 calls with your writing coach Louise Dean 

- 6 months membership

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a month for 3 months

The Ninety Day Novel ® course drip-fed daily with over 100 lessons on a beautiful platform with priority support to complete a first draft.

- 6 calls with your writing coach Louise Dean

- One year's access and membership 


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single payment

The Ninety Day Novel ® course in a fast-track format with over 100 lessons available immediately in entirety to take at your own speed.

- 4 months access

- 4 months membership

(No one-to-one coaching with this plan.)

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Writing a Novel with The Novelry

Some words from the writers who have finished their novels with us. This could be you in just 3 months time. Happy writing.

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Write A Novel Step by Step

The only online novel writing course based on a working novelist's real method. Step by step, daily guidance is given online every day to coincide with the writing of your novel. You will need one hour a day for 90 days. Find out how writers really write and get that novel done!

Writing coach Louise Dean

Louise Dean Coach

Warm-hearted, constructive, personal encouragement from an author with 20 years experience. The lessons are given by Louise Dean by video and text daily on a beautiful online platform. You'll know just what to do when you hit the white page today and every day from when you sign up.

How to start writing a book

Week 1. Inspiration and Preparation.

Learn the essential writing habits that will last you a lifetime. You will be guided step by step daily to prepare an exciting solid, commercial novel idea. Find the writing plan that will work for your busy lifestyle. 10 lessons immediately at sign up. 

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Weeks 2-3. Construction.

You won't start writing your book until we are confident your idea is in great shape. Find the emotional heart of your story.  Begin by building real people not 'characters'. Cherish this special time of your life as you create the vital organs of your novel. 

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Weeks 4-6. The Swim

Your new process is paying off with fluent, joyful daily writing. Here's where we make sure you've cracked the nuts and bolts of craft skills. We use lessons from great novels written fast to motivate and guide your writing and help you drive the story forwards with some inspired techniques. 

How to write a novel step by step

Week 7. The Heat Phase

This is where we fire your energy levels, unleash your imagination and set a new pace for productivity to power you through the point where so many aspiring novelists typically lose heart. We raise the stakes in your plot and add some serious word count. 

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Weeks 8- 10. Enlightenment

Discover the secrets to the writing of one of the greatest novels of the last 50 years with these game-changing insights. You will be taking your writing to a whole new level and you'll begin to feel rather proud of your new  standard of writing. 

How to write a story plan

Weeks 10-12. Home.

You will look back in wonderment at the shape of the story that has surprised. Time to make sure it chimes with the big storytelling structure that meets a reader's deepest needs. Everything you need to get you to the end of your first draft. 

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24/7. Complete Support

Get instant, useful feedback on your first draft from other writers. Draw upon the 24/7 live online support of a cosy community of published and aspiring writers. Lean on us as much as you need, on your terms. Feel the love.

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