How to Write a Novel

You Don’t Have to Be a Pro to Write a Novel that Sells

Maybe you’ve written a complete manuscript, but don’t know why it doesn’t “feel” finished. Maybe you’ve tried to start writing, but can’t seem to figure out where to go. Or, you don’t know which writing books to read, how to plan, or even how to find ideas for your fiction.

Introducing The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction Here’s what we’ve got for you:

  • A systematic, simple way to outline, plan, and finish your novel.
  • A concise, clear tutorial-driven course that walks you through the idea-generation, planning, and writing process.
  • A complete and helpful guide to the best resources, blogs, tutorials and books that can take your writing to the next level.

The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a FREE 20-part email course and ongoing email newsletter. Join today, and finish your masterpiece.

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Need more information? Here’s what you’ll learn:

The four parts of successful novel-writing is all about writing and living well—and especially how they combine and intertwine. That means that not only is this course focused on how to plan and write a novel, it’s also going to show you some helpful ways to stay motivated and productive during the process! The course is split into four sections, or parts, guiding you step-by-step through finding an idea, planning and outlining the novel, the writing and editing process, and staying productive and motivated. Here’s a little more information about each one:

Part 1: Finding and Developing an Idea

Finding ideas is paramount to writing a great book, but many people forget that ideas don’t just show up out of thin air! You need to work consistently and constantly, writing out ideas as often as they come to you. Sure, there are tricks, tips, and guidelines to creating ideas that rock, and you’ll find them listed here. But a great idea is nothing until it’s actually implemented—and we’ll show you how to take an idea from concept to manuscript in no time!

Part 2: Planning and Outlining

Planning, outlining, and structuring a novel are the building blocks of great books. There are as many ways to properly outline and plan a fiction novel as there are fiction writers. The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction is one way of planning that really works. Rather than relying solely on creative impulse, random free-writing sessions, or other less-structured methods, this planning and outlining guide is based on years of research, teaching, and guidelines culled from the greatest writing teachers, novelists, and fiction authors of the modern age. You’ll learn how to write a novel in “two sentences,” use the 3- and 4-Act Play methods of plot structuring, and a simple tactic to develop characters without headaches.

Part 3: Writing and Editing Your Novel

Obviously, you’ll want to actually write the book once you’ve gotten it planned, outlined, structured properly. In this course, you’ll learn some helpful tips and secrets of best-selling fiction writers that will get you from the first scene to “The End.” The writing process is broken down into manageable chunks, letting you focus on the plot, characters, and story, instead of trying to make one scene lead to the next. And when you’re done, we’ll show you a few techniques used by pro editors to get their book polished, finalized, and ready for print!

Part 4: Staying Motivated

Of course, writing a book is a demanding and time-intensive task. Some authors struggle for years to write their first novel, while others can pop out books 10 times a year. Their methods may be the same, but their secrets to staying productive and motivated while they work through the 100,000 words are worlds apart. In The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction, you’ll learn tactics practiced by seasoned veterans the business world, writing world, and other professional industries to stay constantly motivated on reaching their end goal. The methods you’ll learn aren’t just going to help you write your novel, either—they’re “tricks of the trade” that you can use to finish any project, whether it involves writing or not!

Putting it all together

Each of these four parts enhances the others. Together, they’re much stronger than they would be if any of the parts were missing. The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a free 10-part course and ongoing newsletter that’s delivered via email. Each week you’ll get a new lesson on one of the four parts. The lessons go in order, taking you from concept to manuscript, but you can use any of the methods outlined at any point in the game. Again, that means that you can use these lessons regardless of if you’re just starting your writing journey or if you’re finishing your third book. You’ll get lots of links to other helpful content, both on’s website and throughout the web, but with a new frame that will help you “connect the dots” and start putting this advice to work in your own writing. If you’ve ever wanted to see your name in print, start your writing journey today!

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Nick ThackerHow to Write a Novel
  • I am looking forward to getting your free 20 part course.

  • Cynthia Dagnal Myron

    Just signed up! I’m in the process of writing my first novel, but I’m open to guidance to be sure1

    • Great! Glad to have you here — let us know how it goes!

  • DC Lozeau

    I have a published novel and am working on a sequel. Can always use some extra guidance!

    • Same here (about the guidance!). Good luck to you!

  • Carrie

    Hi, I’m just wondering if the course is still available and how I can sign up. When I fill in the above box it says that I am already subscribed to the list.

    • rochellebarlow

      I got the same thing…. is it still available?

      • Sorry Rochelle — see above.

        • rochellebarlow

          I did that, but still got the same email with the free download (awesome, by the way). I’ll just wait a day or two to see if it pops up. Thanks for the help.

    • That’s weird… it should still be available. Try unsubscribing and re-subscribing. That should do the trick. Also, it’s a weekly course and you should get the first email the next day or so.

      • Carrie

        Hi Nick, I have tried everything and still haven’t received the course yet either

        • Hmmm okay. I’m officially going to announce it later, but I’m working on a site that will have all of the stuff on it from the course — stay tuned!

          Sorry it didn’t come through… not in junk/spam either?

  • Chelsea

    Hi, I signed up and all I received was a book on marketing, not the writing course. Will I receive the course?

    • Hi Chelsea;

      It’s a weekly course, so you should get the first lesson in a day and then each week following…

      • Chelsea

        Oh, cool, thanks 🙂

      • Chelsea

        Hi Nick, I still haven’t received any of the emails for this course. I have received some from you but they were just promotional things for your book and one about a recent article you wrote on novel editing.
        Can you help?

        • Weird. I’ll email you the first 7 lessons or so, and let me know if you start receiving any more!


          • rochellebarlow

            Oh! Mine still hasn’t come either, can I get that too?

          • Yep — I’m putting together an online repository of it, should be up soon!

  • Adam Cothes

    How can I get the course, even though I already signed up for your list?