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Writing a book is challenging, but motivation and focus are easier with personal writing support and group discussion. Develop story ideas, intriguing character arcs, and piece together events, scenes and story locations with the help of Now Novel’s writing tools, services and community

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DEVELOP AND FINISH YOUR STORY WITH COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT:

Find inspiration, make story decisions, meet fellow writers and stay on track to reach your goals.

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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.

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Organized

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.

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Sharing

Trade critiques with fellow members or develop your writing in personal consultation with a writing coach or editor when you upgrade your membership.

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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 >>>

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WORK WITH A WRITING COACH TO DEVELOP AND FINISH YOUR STORY

Finishing a longer writing project takes focus, motivation and staying accountable to your goals. Work privately with an experienced writing coach, or connect with writers at a similar stage of development in a structured, 6-month group coaching program.

JOIN INDIVIDUAL COACHING TO:

  • Develop story ideas and outlines
  • Discuss and solve creative writing challenges with an experienced professional
  • Get detailed feedback on your story to make progress in your current draft
  • Stay focused on your writing goals through regular writing coach check-ins

CHOOSE YOUR COACHING PLAN

WHAT OUR COACHED MEMBERS SAY:

‘I have discovered a support network that not only provides me encouragement and accountability, but also experience and recommendations that have benefited me in planning, executing, and following through with my goals. The personalized attention has helped me most.’

Billy
Now Novel coached member testimonial

JOIN GROUP COACHING TO:

  • Develop your story in an intimate group setting
  • Learn more about writing craft in a structured, 6-month program
  • Access daily drop-in writing sprints, weekly coach Q&A’s and webinars
  • Get weekly workbooks and videos that cover all topics on how to finish your book, from the writing process to developing plot and character arcs and more

FIND OUT MORE

‘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
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WHAT OUR MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY:

I am so glad I signed up for the Now Novel Group Coaching program. The group offers accountability, support from other writers, informative webinars, and knowledgeable coaches. I would highly recommend Now Novel to any writer.

— Lorraine
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Books published using Now Novel

Joe Byrd: a Now Novel success story

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Tangled Fortunes by Kate Baucherel

"It all boosted my confidence and kept me writing until the end of the story".

Novel: Tangled Fortunes
Publisher: Sixth Element

Kate Baucherel

Kate Baucherel, successful Now Novel author
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FIND, FINESSE AND DEVELOP YOUR STORY IDEA

Use your flexible Now Novel Dashboard to finish creating a story outline, in small, structured steps. See your ideas laid out the way you want them in a private outline you can edit and download anywhere to guide your developing draft.

Find your core idea, plot, setting and characters, and expand your initial summary into individual scene and chapter outlines in the Scene Builder. Drag and drop scene ideas to build the story sequence you want. Add research for real story locations or invent imaginary settings using the World Builder.

  • Outline key details of each scene and character: Keep an organized 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
DEVELOP YOUR STORY NOW
Example:
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03

ORGANIZE AND STRUCTURE SCENES AND CHAPTERS

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

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

  • Brainstorm scene and chapter summaries and plan sequences of events
  • Group scenes into structured chapters, acts or other units and rearrange their individual order as needed
  • View an overview of scene and chapter ideas, filtering your overview by chosen keywords and tags
  • Add further narrative detail to flesh out your story’s outline and give yourself a story roadmap
CREATE STRUCTURE FOR EASIER DRAFTS
Example:
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MEET SOME OF OUR COACHES:

Romy Sommer - Now Novel Writing Coach and Editor
Romy Sommer
  • Author of six novels published by HarperCollins London, as well as 7 self-published titles
  • Founder of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa)
  • First South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita® Award
Hedi Lampert - Now Novel Writing coach and editor
Hedi Lampert
  • Mondi Award-winning writer and editor
  • Experienced features writer
  • Author of fictionalized memoir, The Trouble with My Aunt
  • Special interest in creative memoir and life-writing
Zee Monodee - Now Novel Writing coach and editor
Zee Monodee
  • Mauritian author of feel-good romance
  • Experience as senior editor at Eilander Publishing and Love Africa Press
  • Bilingual in English and French
  • Special interest in romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and women’s fiction
Nerine Dorman - Now Novel Writing coach and editor
Nerine Dorman
  • Editor and multi-published author
  • Editor of the Bloody Parchment anthologies
  • Author of award winning YA novel Sing Down the Stars
  • Special interest in science fiction, fantasy, horror and YA

Other key areas we can help you with:

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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.

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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.

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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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Developing a story outline online is a simple way to gather all your best novel ideas in one place. Extra novel help such as structured critique, scene outlines and an editor's guidance will help you finish a story. Finishing a book takes motivation, perseverance and accountability. With the right tools and dedicated support, you'll finish a novel and reach your goals.