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KICKSTART YOUR NOVEL

Kickstart your novel in 6 weeks!

Start – and finish – the synopsis and the first 3 chapters of your book in 6 weeks with the help of your personal writing coach when you enroll in Kickstart Your Novel.

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Cost: $199 $149 (25% off)

Dates: Start anytime!

What's included? 

6 weeks to your completed submission


How long have you been trying to get the idea for your book out of your mind and onto paper? Our writing coaches will ensure you stop procrastinating and start producing. A synopsis and the first 3 chapters of your book are the minimum required by publishers and agents considering your book for publication. Completing this fully-coached, intensive 6-week course will help you produce just that.

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Your kickstart toolkit includes:

  • 6 modules with weekly audio lessons
  • Weekly check-ins with your coach and email access for questions
  • Lifetime access to Now Novel's tools and guides (usually $49)
  • The organization processes required to structure your novel effectively
  • The methods to set up your writing life to ensure you actually write
  • A plan for how to approach the next batch of your writing
  • Motivation tips to keep you writing (even when you don’t feel like it)
  • Assignments every two weeks relevant to your milestones

Meet your instructors:

Bridget McNulty
Alyssa Hollingsworth




Author, writing coach and course tutor


Now Novel Co-founder, writing coach and course tutor

Alyssa holds an MA with honours in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa university. She is represented by Amber Caraveo at Skylark Literary and her novel The Eleventh Trade will be published in 2018 by Macmillan (US) and HotKey (UK).

Besides coaching aspiring authors, Bridget has worked as an editor, features writer (for major publications from Cosmopolitan to National Geographic Traveller) and blogger. Her novel Strange Nervous Laughter was published by Struik (SA) and Macmillan (US).


Bridget McNulty teaches this course, and it’s her voice you’ll hear in the audio lessons. Our core team of writing coaches are made up of Bridget and Alyssa, and one of them will be assigned to you for the entire six-week period. Learn more about them below:

  • Access your course anywhere, any time
  • Unlimited lifetime access to Now Novel's tools and guides
  • Audio lessons and assignments designed to help you finish your synopsis and first 3 chapters
  • Email access to your coach
  • Hands-on guidance to reach your goals

Get an action plan for finishing your synopsis and your first 3 chapters in just 6 weeks. With lessons, recommended reading, assignments, discussion and your writing coach available on email throughout, you’ll not only make a solid start on your book, but know exactly how to continue working with it until you’ve finished a complete first draft.

Your structured weekly lesson plan

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What Karen O. says about working with her coach:

'So many times I have started a novel only to fizzle out after 10 - 20,000 words. Now however, I am at the point where the end of my first draft is in sight. 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.'

Set up and troubleshoot your writing processes

Take the Now Novel Writing Style Test: Develop the structure for how you'll approach your writing
Join your group to build motivating connections with other storytellers
Do the optional recommended reading and complete your assignment
Talking Points: Doing the hard work so that creativity can flow

Week 1

Getting to Know You

Week 2

Creating your Synopsis

Complete as much of the Now Novel process as you like
Talking Points: Taking the plunge and getting started – writing the first sentence
Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
Discuss the areas you found challenging with your coach
How to turn your novel into a one-line, one-paragraph, and one-page synopsis
How to write a successful second chapter: what second chapters do

Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
Talking Points: Procrastination, and how to beat it
Video lesson: Then what? How to develop a scene
Feedback on previous week’s assignment

Week 5

Finishing Chapter 2

Finishing the third chapter so publishers will want to read more; tips for writing a great cover letter

Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
Talking Points: What now? Setting processes in place to complete your book
Video lesson: Ending your scene
Feedback on previous week’s assignment

Week 6

Finishing Chapter 3

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Here’s the complete lesson plan:

Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment

Week 3

Creating your Novel Plan

How to turn your story blueprint into a synopsis to send publishers, and a plan for your novel 
Talking Points: Rubbish first drafts
Feedback on previous week’s assignment
Video lesson: 4 key elements every scene needs
What you need to include in your first chapter
Video lesson: Snagging attention with your hook
Do the recommended reading and complete the assignment
Talking Points: Not knowing what happens next
Making an impact on your reader from the first sentence

Week 4

Finishing your First Chapter

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