About us

So who is behind Now Novel?

We're a small team who are committed to figuring out the best way to help aspiring novelists actually write their books. When we looked at what was available out there, it was all stuffy and dull - we wanted an online novel-writing process that was easy, structured and inspiring. We offer direction and motivation, in one package.

Who is this 'we' we speak of? Meet the Now Novel team:

Bridget McNulty

Bridget McNulty

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
2. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
3. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
Ultimate drink while reading:
A pot of freshly brewed Ceylon tea with milk, no sugar.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
I think the Theme Finder is really fun - it makes you think about more than just the obvious plot-character-setting elements of your novel, and can uncover some surprisingly deep elements hidden within your idea.

Brendan McNulty

Brendan McNulty

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. Omnivore's dilemma by Michael Pollan
2. The amazing adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
3. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowksi
Ultimate drink while reading:
A nice glass of red wine, preferably a cabernet sauvignon.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
I like the skeleton, its where you start to see all the hard work you've put in come together.

Dagmar

Dagmar Timler

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
2. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
3. Dry by Augusten Burroughs
Ultimate drink while reading:
Hot chocolate.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
Ideas finder, it's a lot of work but its cool to get to the nugget of your idea.

Jordan

Jordan Kantey

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
2. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
3. Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ultimate drink while reading:
A mug of rooibos tea or a glass of port
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
The critique section - gaining feedback from others is helpful since being emotionally invested in what you've written colours your perception of it.

Jenna

Dr Jenna Barlow

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Ultimate drink while reading:
Hot chocolate with a dash of coffee.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
I love the author dashboard – it’s easy to navigate and a great way to keep your ideas organised.

Peter

Peter Barlow

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
2. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
3. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
Ultimate drink while reading:
Iced tea.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
It’s an end-to-end service, from helping with motivation and ideas to getting the finished manuscript edited, typeset and out into the world.

Alyssa

Alyssa Hollingsworth

Top three favourite novels of the moment / all time:
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
Ultimate drink while reading:
Rose tea with honey.
Favourite part of the Now Novel process:
Mentorship! I love helping people develop and discover their skills, their passion, and their story.

Where does the novel writing expertise come from?

Bridget McNulty is a published author, journalist and blogger. She studied Creative Writing at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (summa cum laude), and has also taken writing courses at the University of KwaZulu/Natal and read every creative writing book under the sun. When her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, was published by Struik in South Africa in 2007 and by Macmillan in the USA in 2009, she found her inbox flooded with emails all asking the same thing:

"How do you write a novel?"

This is her answer.

In between writing novels (and online novel writing courses), Bridget is the editor of and regularly writes for numerous magazines and other publications, including National Geographic Traveller, Woman & Home, the Sunday Times and Cosmo.

What makes us special?

  • We believe it’s possible to share inspiration and knowledge online. No matter where in the world you are, you can be supported, inspired and directed in your novel-writing goals.
  • We believe motivation is as important as know-how. Writing a book is difficult – that’s why so few people do it. We bring you support, direction and inspiration to make it easier. And we don’t let you quit!
  • We believe in you finishing your book. We’re not only trying to share writing techniques, we want to support you in finishing your book and achieving your dream.
  • We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and with the right process and the right support, you can do it.

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