Have you been wondering what the Now Novel process is like to work with? We’ve received several Now Novel reviews detailing what writers have found most useful about the process:
“It’s a much more hands-on approach that I really liked. When you start, you go through many, many steps in which you build up your idea, your characters, your setting, theme and much more. You do all of this in a very manageable steps-based approach that doesn’t feel like it’s such a big deal. I submitted a section from the beginning of my story for critique, and the comments I received in return were both insightful and encouraging. It helped me make it better and exposed me to some questions that real readers might ask.”
Abbi Perets (http://getwhatyouget.blogspot.com/)
“Working with a mentor has made all the difference for me in drafting my novel. Being held accountable is a huge motivator. Having someone knowledgeable to talk with about plot and character issues is — and I don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating here, because I’m not — life-changing. Working with a mentor is perhaps the greatest investment you can make in yourself as a writer.”
Allison Read (http://www.nownovel.com/blog/started-writing-book/)
“The mentorship opportunity at NowNovel.com is exactly what I needed to stop talking about writing my book and start writing it. With four kids and a full-time job, it was easy to find excuses not to focus. But having Bridget to talk to and help me sift through ideas got me ready to write! I have almost 10,000 words now and plan to have a rough draft finished in the next two months. I would never have made it to this point without her and the mentorship program.”
“Now Novel helps you write a novel, by providing the steps and tools needed to succeed. I like the navigation and functionality of the site. Now Novel is easy to use. I also love the mood creator.”
Read Stacie’s whole Now Novel review here.
Niecyisms and Nestlings
“Now Novel is a guided, step-by-step program that will give registered users the guidance and structure needed to keep on-task toward the completion of your book. With a literary program available online and at a fraction of the cost of other writing courses scheduled at an instructor’s convenience, creating with Now Novel is certainly to the author’s advantage.”
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
“Writing a short story or novel can be a stressful task and using Now Novel is a great way to communicate with other writers and get a mentor to help you tell your story. The program is an interesting way for someone to figure out exactly what they want their novel to be about and how to succeed in writing the novel. Overall, I have enjoyed Now Novel and I recommend it other writers.”
Cammo Style Love
“Now Novel is perfect for someone who wants a little something else in their writing experience. It’s like a full-fledged support group, on top of being a place to write. It keeps track of your word-count and overall progress right there on the side panel. There’s a blog, forum and even a place to get some of your worked critiqued, and no one would have to know who the heck you were. That is pretty cool. Some other cool things about Now Novel is that it really helps almost anyone to write a book. All in all its a super neat and very unique program.”
“The site really helps you map out your novel and should, hopefully, help me actually finish a novel. I do like how everything is organized out in little check lists – which is how I tend to do things myself. Maybe with the site I will actually follow through? Let’s hope so! I want to finish a book!”
The Fifth Dimension
“The interface is very user friendly, and walks you through the whole process, holding your hand tight. That’s a strength of the program, as are the different sections that cover different elements of the story. This is great for inexperienced writers, who may not be familiar with these, and is a nice reminder for even those with experience.”
If you have any questions about Now Novel and how we can help you finish your novel, do contact us.
Another Now Novel review from Lize Smith’s blog Flutterlings: ‘Groups provide a space for conversation, support and critique, all essential in keeping you writing. The Now Novel website is a great resource for aspiring authors.’ Read Lize’s review here.
Member Eve, who chose to have a Now Novel writing coach, had this to say:
‘NowNovel, my coach and Bridget McNulty’s book How to Write a Book (even if you never have) combined are my writing fairy godmother. I am no longer a pumpkin waiting for her novel to appear. I now have the tools, the inspiration and most importantly the discipline to move from being a want-to-be to being a writer.’
Egypt-born author Mahi Wasfy completed her novel with the help of a Now Novel writing coach. Read about Mahi’s experience in our author interview with Mahi here.
User Timothy Sellers had the following to say:
@nownovel Your website is helping grow into a better author. Many thanks to you and your website! Keep up the great and inspiring work!
— Timothy B. Sellers (@MrWriteAlot) September 24, 2015
We’ve also been sent an independent review of founder Bridget’s book, How to Write a Book (even if you never have) by John Coombe. Read it below. Thanks John!
How to Write a Book (even if you never have) by Bridget McNulty
Published in 2014 – ISBN number 978-0-620-63732-9
Reviewed by John Coombe – October 2015
This is a good book to buy. At time of writing, it costs 5.24 UK pounds in Kindle form from www.amazon.co.uk, (not much more than R100). It is also available as an e-book from www.nownovel.com.
The book can be read from beginning to end to get a comprehensive appreciation of the novelist’s craft, or perhaps more usefully, become a mine of information and advice for writers and authors, published or not.
The author was educated in Durban, and won a scholarship to study Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, was published in 2007 in South Africa and the USA. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Bridget has compiled this book from her experience with people using her online structured method for writing novels called Now Novel.The following summary of the Table of Contents covers the main teaching points.
Chapter 1 – Finding the right idea for your novel
Chapter 2 – Understanding mood and choosing theme
Chapter 3 – Story type and plot details
Chapter 4 – Character studies
Chapter 5 – Setting specifics
Chapter 6 – The writing process
Chapter 7 – Motivation and discipline
Chapter 8 – Publishing 101
Each chapter is fleshed out, under many sub-headings, with ideas and advice and alternative techniques. The reader is never boxed in. I quote from Chapter 3 on ‘Story and plot’… ‘A good tip to bear in mind is that your conflict should arise naturally from your plot and your characters, and it should follow an overall pattern of rising intensity.’ Rising intensity! That is a thought to hang on to.
In chapter 6 on ‘The writing process’, the section on constructive criticism is invaluable if only for one sentence. I quote. ‘It’s important to remember that no matter how connected you feel to a piece of writing, you are not your writing, and criticism of your work does not amount to criticism of you as a person.’ How comforting!
There is a lot of reading in this book (the e-book is 328 pages long). It is good therefore that the author’s style of writing is fluently direct. What may seem to be repetition is the emphasis on important aspects in different ways, either from the author’s own experience, or by quoting the writings of other authors and scholars. This is a helpful approach.
As a choice in a crowded field, an advantage for Bridget McNulty’s book is that she quotes extensively from many sources, thus distilling the best advice she can find under one set of covers. Bridget’s passion for helping others is expressed in her own words – ‘… the goal is always the same: to help you get your story out into the world.’
Buy How to write a book (even if you never have). You’ll not regret it.