Use writing tools and guidance

TO HELP YOU DEVELOP, EXPAND AND FINISH YOUR NOVEL

Writing a book is challenging. Sometimes it's hard to find focus and motivation, develop characters, piece together events, scenes and story locations, plus find an idea for where to go next.

Develop your story now

DEVELOP AND FINISH YOUR STORY IN EASY, FOCUSED STEPS:

Find inspiration, make story decisions, stay on track and reach your goals.

Helpful

Find and develop story ideas using the private Story Dashboard. Get examples and recommended reading as you go. Get extra help developing when you upgrade to coaching.

Organised

Organize all your best ideas easily in a private story outline that fills in as you go. Outline and restructure scenes and chapters in the Scene Builder.

Easy

Develop your story in simple steps suited to all skill levels. Transform your story plan into an actual novel with personalized help from a writing pro when you upgrade to a coaching package.

Motivational

Enjoy the focus and structure of having a guide and plan for your book, and extra motivation when you work with a coach who checks in regularly and answers your questions.

THREE WAYS TO DEVELOP AND FINISH YOUR STORY >>>

01

FIND AND DEVELOP STORY IDEAS

Use your flexible Now Novel Dashboard to finish creating an outline, in small, easy steps. See your ideas laid out the way you want them in a private outline you can download to guide your draft.

Find your core idea, plot, setting and characters, and expand your intial summary into individual scene and chapter outlines using the Scene Builder. Add research for real story locations or invent imaginary settings using the World Builder.

PLAN YOUR NOVEL NOW
Example:
Now Novel dashboard - Cinderella example


WHAT OUR MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY:

Thank you, this tool is amazing and I'm finally able to lay all of this out in a way that is acessible to me. I'm seeing patterns that I hadn't noticed before and I'm able to restructure the entire story.

— Josh
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02

BRAINSTORM AN OVERVIEW OF EVENTS USING THE SCENE BUILDER

After you've developed characters, settings and plot points in the dashboard, use the Scene Builder to:

  • Outline key details of each scene and character: Keep an organised skeleton of core story events
  • Group scenes into structured chapters, acts or other units and rearrange their individual order as needed
  • Find the focus of each scene before you draft it
  • Add further narrative detail - 'where to go from here' - to your existing story outline
CREATE STRUCTURE FOR EASIER DRAFTS
Example:
Now Novel Scene Builder overview

03

DEVELOP AND FINISH YOUR STORY WITH COACHING

Finishing a longer story such as a novel takes focus, motivation and staying accountable to your goals.

A WRITING COACH WILL HELP YOU:

  • Develop ideas and outlines
  • Meet your personal writing goals and deadlines
  • Discuss and solve creative writing challenges
  • Turn your story plan into an actual novel
CHOOSE YOUR COACHING PLAN

WHAT COACHED MEMBERS SAY:

I am so much more motivated than ever before. Bridget's insightful articles, and my brilliant, endlessly patient and encouraging mentor, have quite honestly, changed my whole approach to writing.

Karen
Now Novel coached member testimonial

MEET SOME OF OUR COACHES:

Writing coach Bridget
Bridget McNulty
  • Editor
  • Features writer
  • Content strategist
  • Author of Strange Nervous Laughter (Struik/Macmillan)
Writing coach Romy
Romy Sommer
  • Author of five novels published by HarperCollins London, as well as 7 self-published titles
  • Founder and Chairperson of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa)
  • First South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita� Award
Writing coach Alyssa
Fiona Ingram
  • Author and writing coach
  • Author of award-winning middle grade The Chronicles of the Stone adventure series
  • Writes Regency romances as Arabella Sheraton

Other key areas we can help you with:

IMPROVING YOUR CRAFT

Find coached writing courses and DIY workbooks with video lessons. Join free email mini-courses to develop your craft and write better characters, dialogue, plots and settings.

EDITING AND POLISHING

Manuscript complete or nearly finished? Elevate your writing to a higher, publishable standard with the help of a manuscript evaluation, developmental editing, copy-editing or proofreading.

DEVELOPING A CHARACTER, SETTING OR SCENE OUTLINE

Add an interesting new character to your story's cast, brainstorm a key story location or outline the next scene in your story.

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

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