“So, how do you write a novel?”
It’s the million dollar question – and the one that started Now Novel, our online novel writing website. A surprising number of people asked me about writing a novel: those I met through publishing my novel in South Africa and the USA, friends of friends at dinner parties, and readers over email and chance encounters. I wanted to be able to give a real answer to the question. Not just some thoughts on the art of writing, but actual, concrete advice and tips that would help aspiring writers finish their novel.
I wanted to be able to tell people how to write a book, even if you never have.
So, together with a small team, I created a website that offers a structured method designed with one goal in mind: to help you finish your novel. It’s an organized process that’s easy to use, with helpful mentorship and consistent motivation all helping you take one step further to that goal of finishing your novel.
When we looked at what was available for aspiring novel writers, it was all stuffy and dull (and didn’t motivate us at all). We wanted something fresh and unique – an online novel-writing process that was easy, structured and inspiring. So we created www.nownovel.com
But we also recognize that if there’s one thing writers love to do it’s read – especially about writing! And there is such a wealth of advice we have to offer about every aspect of the writing life that it seemed a waste not to put it all in one book: this book that you’re reading right now. How To Write A Novel (even if you never have) is the culmination of months of research and careful thinking about the essential elements necessary to write a book.
So who is it for?
Well, as the title suggests, we wrote the book for first time writers. But it’s also for all those who are already established writers but now want to tackle the Holy Grail of Writing: a novel. Writing a novel isn’t like writing a short story or a magazine article or a blog. It’s a commitment – to a goal that will be with you for many months. A goal that you can achieve, with the right help.
Title: How to Write A Book (even if you never have)
Author : Bridget McNulty
Genre: How To / Non-Fiction
How to Write a Book (even if you never have) is the brainchild of Now Novel co-founder Bridget McNulty – a culmination of all the advice and tips she’s been sharing with the Now Novel writing community over the last year. It’s a fantastically helpful resource for anyone wanting to write their first book, a guide for all those who love writing and want to tackle the Mount Everest of writing projects (a novel) and a reference for writers at any stage of their careers who need reminding of the building blocks of novel-writing: ideas, mood, theme, plot, setting and characters. It’s also, quite simply, a great read.
Find out more about the Now Novel online novel-writing process at www.nownovel.com
Bridget McNulty is a writer and editor with a passion for helping people write novels (even if they never have). She studied Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and went on to publish her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, in South Africa with Struik Publishers and in the USA with St Martin’s Press. Since then, she has co-founded an online novel-writing process, NowNovel.com, that helps aspiring writers start – and finish! – their books, and founded a diabetes lifestyle magazine, Sweet Life, that focuses on the positive side of the condition. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and son, and spends her days reading, writing and drinking tea.