With exercises


With detailed feedback


Now Novel writers
  • How to write your first 3 chapters and create a plan to finish
  • How to troubleshoot your writing process and stay on track
  • How to develop an effective plan to finish your story
  • How to write summaries, plans and synopses that sell your story
  • Writers who want to write a book but don’t know where to start
  • Writers in the beginning stages who want someone to hold them accountable to their goals
  • Writers seeking practical advice, exercises and examples to create effective first chapters and develop a good story


Kickstart provided me with the timelines I needed to keep myself accountable, along with a wonderful coach who followed up with me as needed and offered helpful, detailed advice in a tactful manner. I would definitely recommend this program for anyone who is looking for a little nudge to begin their novel-writing journey!

— Christie

A great program with a very reasonable price and exactly what I needed to rewrite my novel. It helped me get all the facts straight and helped the ideas mature in my mind by straightening out the details. It asks questions that I normally don't think about when creating stories and they made all the difference.

— Abby

I am so much more motivated than ever before and I’ve learned so much. With Bridget’s insightful articles, and my brilliant, endlessly patient and encouraging coach, have quite honestly, changed my whole approach to writing. I cannot recommend Now Novel enough.

— Karen
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Now Novel icon - lightbulb representing getting to know you
Getting to know you

Meet your coach and complete initial exercises to delve into the writing process.

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Creating your synopsis

Use the story dashboard to develop ideas and flesh out more of your story’s characters, plot points and settings.

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Creating your novel plan

Turn the outline you worked on in Week 2 into a summary you can use to guide you as you proceed.

Now Novel icon of notebook and pen - finishing your first chapter
Finishing your first chapter

Learn to make an impact with your first chapter and finish writing your own.

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Finishing Chapter 2

Learn the elements of effective second chapters and finish writing your own.

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Finishing Chapter 3

Learn about writing third chapters, finish your own, and submit your first three chapters to your coach for feedback.

Coaches and editors you’ll work with:

Romy Sommer - Now Novel Writing Coach and Editor
Romy Sommer
  • Author of seven novels published by HarperCollins London, as well as seven 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
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
Jordan Kantey - Now Novel writing coach and editor
Jordan Kantey
  • 10 years' experience editing fiction and content
  • Now Novel Writing coach since 2016
  • Honours in English Literature (with distinction)
  • Special interest in literary, historical, and contemporary fiction

Books published using Now Novel

Bitcoin Hurricane by Kate Baucherel

"It all boosted my confidence and kept me writing until the end of the story. Now Novel has been a great springboard for success."

Novel: Bitcoin Hurricane

Kate Baucherel

Kate Baucherel, successful Now Novel author
Whisky & Wildflowers by Mark Lamot

"Five stars for the comprehensive range of topics and materials. A great feature of the site is the community of aspiring writers."

Novel: Whisky & Wildflowers

Mark Lamont

Mark Lamont, successful Now Novel author
Killer Motives by Bonnie Traymore

"I took the 'Kickstart Your Novel' online class which was a great value and really gave me the motivation to get going."

Novel: Killer Motives

Bonnie Traymore

Bonnie Traymore, successful Now Novel author
Oprah Magazine logo for Now Novel review in O Magazine

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

Oprah Magazine


Week 01

In Getting to know you, you'll:

  • Read this week's guide and develop your writing process
  • Take the Now Novel Writing Style Test to better understand your writing process
  • Do the recommended reading and complete your assignment
  • Watch Week 1's supplementary video, Kickstart your Novel: Doing the hard work so that creativity can flow
Week 02

In Creating your synopsis, you'll:

  • Read this week's guide and complete as much of the Now Novel outlining process as you like
  • Learn how to turn your novel into a one-line, one-paragraph, and one-page synopsis
  • Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
  • Watch the video Kickstart your Novel: Creating your synopsis
Week 03

In Creating your novel plan, you'll:

  • Learn how to write a synopsis to send publishers and create a plan for your novel
  • Watch the video lesson 4 key elements every scene needs
  • Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
  • Watch the video Kickstart your Novel: Rubbish first drafts
Week 04

In Finishing your first chapter, you’ll:

  • Learn what you need to include in your first chapter
  • Watch the video Snagging attention with your hook
  • Do the recommended reading and finish writing your second chapter for feedback
  • Watch the video Kickstart your Novel: Not knowing what happens next
Week 05

In Finishing Chapter 2, you’ll:

  • Learn how to write a second chapter (what successful second chapters do)
  • Watch the video Then what? How to develop a scene
  • Do the recommended reading and finish writing your third chapter for feedback
  • Watch the video Kickstart your Novel: Procrastination, and how to beat it
Week 06

In Finishing Chapter 3, you’ll:

  • Learn how to write a compelling third chapter so that publishers want to read more
  • Watch the video Ending your scene
  • Do the recommended reading and complete your third chapter for feedback
  • Watch What now? Setting processes in place to complete your book

In the final week of the course, you will also submit your entire first three chapters and story plan for feedback from your coach.

Kickstart your story now: