Start (and finish) your story

USING EASY WRITING TOOLS!

Get everything you need to brainstorm and develop story ideas, settings and characters, create outlines, plot and develop scenes, chapters and drafts, and finish writing your book.

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SEE YOUR BEST IDEAS COME TOGETHER

Start and develop your story in small, easy steps.

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Start and stay focused with outlining and brainstorming tools that help you develop your best ideas. See recommended reading and examples as you go and hone your writing craft.

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Organised

Create story structure from the start. Answer concise prompts to add details of plot, character and setting to a private, comprehensive outline that's generated as you go.

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Easy

Use the simple step-by-step process to find and summarize your core idea. Build story arcs and your characters' world as you complete a focused, flexible outlining process.

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Discover inspiring ideas, and share extracts with peers (or an experienced writing coach) for constructive feedback.

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FIND YOUR IDEAS

Complete the Now Novel dashboard process to develop ideas and explore story avenues that you haven't thought of yet.

Save your ideas to a convenient story outline automatically when you complete each step.

Save and print your private outline any time from your story dashboard.

Example:
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Get everything you need to finesse your story ideas and writing craft and finish your book!

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DEVELOP YOUR PLOTS

Use the step-by-step questions in the Now Novel process to unearth your core story and build direction.

Plan intriguing story arcs, one character or scene at a time. Read helpful writing prompts and articles relevant to your challenges to hone your writing craft.

Develop your core plot, characters and settings, then create and organise scene summaries using the ‘Scene Builder’ tool for a chapter by chapter guide to help you draft each story segment.

Example:
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PROFILE YOUR CHARACTERS

Discover and know your characters in enough detail for scenes to almost write themselves.

Brainstorm 13 key attributes for each character including roles, goals, strengths, flaws and more.

You'll finish with a detailed summary of each character's core attributes and a helpful overview of your story's key cast in your outline.

Example:
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Take the first step to finishing a story and meeting your writing goals:

SEE YOUR IDEAS COME TOGETHER

Build a private, comprehensive story outline you can save or print as you go.

Brainstorm all your characters (protagonists, antagonists and more), as well as key story settings, plot points, scene and chapter outlines.

Import your outline to view your ideas alongside your draft in Google Docs using our free add-on. Premium members can outline multiple stories and toggle between them - an easier way to plan an entire series.

Example:
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What Now Novel members say:

I absolutely loved my experience and have signed up for the Coaching+ program next!

Christie

A good, solid program to help guide new writers toward their first draft, first round of edits and first publish.

Ryan

I've been trying to get an idea for a novel for over a year and a half. Now Novel helped me develop a clear idea of what I wanted to write in two hours.

Nick
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KEY AREAS WE CAN HELP YOU WITH:

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING CRAFT

Find coached writing courses, DIY workbooks (with video lessons) and free email lesson series to develop your writing craft and write better characters, dialogue, plots and settings.

DEVELOPING YOUR IDEA

Get feedback and motivation to guide you and keep you accountable to your goals as you finish your draft. Go your own way or get extra guidance from an experienced writing coach.

FIND A NEW IDEA OR CREATE A KEY CHARACTER NOW

Try the first free section of the process now. Includes finding and developing your story's core idea and creating your first detailed character outline:

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