Learn how to write a book step-by-step with Now Novel

Every writer’s story begins with a simple realisation: ‘I want to write a book.’ Writing a novel is challenging, though. Simplify your writing process with dedicated novel writing help. You’ll avoid the most common reasons writers give up and reach your writing goals.

“An online novel writing course that's tailor-made to get you to actually write that book you've been thinking about.” Oprah Magazine

What you’ll find on this page:

1. 5 reasons aspiring authors don’t finish writing novels (and how to avoid them)
2. An overview of Now Novel’s book writing process
3. Why a writing mentor helps you finish faster
4. What members say about Now Novel

5 reasons aspiring authors don’t finish writing novels
(and how to avoid them)

Dana Weinberg , a Harvard-educated sociologist who researches creative writing habits, found that only 3 in 5 people who start writing a book end up finishing.

We wanted to understand what causes 42% of aspiring authors to not finish so we surveyed our 100, 000+ monthly visitors:

Do any of these sound like you? We can help.


What does it take to write a book and steer clear of these pitfalls? A writing plan. One that builds and maintains your motivation to write and helps you focus and structure writing time so that there is more of it to just write.

That’s what our book-writing process does.

Story Idea Finder

Helpful, step-by-step process for finding your novel’s central idea

Build a blueprint to start writing your novel with structure and direction

Writing Groups

Get and give writing feedback and make future revisions easier

Chat with diverse writers who share your goal

Scribble Pad

Save short segments of your novel

Optionally share your novel extracts for helpful feedback

Writing Blog

Get writing advice on all subjects, from finding time to write, writing dialogue, developing story characters and more.

Writing a novel is easier with a writing mentor

The best way to stay accountable to your writing goals is to be accountable to someone else. To finish a book, you need motivation, perseverance and focus. An experienced writing coach will help you stay on track and develop these skills. At Now Novel, your mentor is only an email away whenever you have a question about craft or you want to run a few pages past someone who will share their own insights.

Want to know more? Learn more about the Now Novel process here:


What our mentored authors are saying:

‘My coach brings the genuine enjoyment of reading with the skills of a top substantive editor. Writing is inevitably a process of building towards the next draft, and working with a coach has set me up with a ready-made roadmap, which makes revising seem a fun, rather than daunting, prospect.’

- Stephanie W, UK

‘My mentor’s advice is specific to my own particular style and story objectives. The advantage of a longer term arrangement like this is that it starts to feel more like a partnership. A mentor, much like an editor, wants to see the work. Wants to read and talk about it. This has made a clear difference in my writing. I am accountable; learning; inspired.’

- Chris R, US

You are fully protected by our no-risk 30-day guarantee. If you don’t find writing support helps you set and start reaching writing goals within 30 days, just let us know and we’ll send you a prompt refund, no questions asked.

Read what paying customers say about why they chose Now Novel:

‘I really love the structure the different steps provide. Each step is very thorough, but also very convenient. I also love all of the reference information that is provided - the guides, the forums, the questions, the samples.’ - Anna P.

‘I chose mentorship for someone to help me along the way. I have always been bad at staying on top of things. I think by having someone looking forward to my work I will be more willing to push myself.’ - John W.

‘I enjoy the easy, interactive and friendly approach.’ - Hans M.

‘I was struck by how inspirational and organized the step by step process is. Detailed with everything in one place. The blog is also incredibly helpful.’ - Evelina S.


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