Find Time to Write Your Novel
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Find Time to Write Your Novel

This course shows you how to find time to write AND breaks novel writing into small steps. Led by a published novelist.
3.7 (4 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,538 students enrolled
Created by Louise Tondeur
Last updated 4/2019
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll know how to create characters, plan and write a novel
  • You'll know how to find time to write your novel

  • The ability to write fluently
  • Enthusiasm for writing
  • Desire to write a novel

Have you always dreamed of writing a novel, but don't know where to start? Is lack of time holding you back? I'm a published novelist and a Creative Writing tutor. Join me as I break the novel writing process down into small steps, and show you how to find time to write your book.

Who this course is for:
  • If you want to write a novel
  • If need help finding time to write a novel
  • If you want a handy step-by-step guide to novel writing
Course content
Expand all 74 lectures 04:11:21
+ Find Time to Write Your Novel
21 lectures 54:25

Why writing isn't about coming up with a brilliant idea.

Preview 01:40

Is writing every day for you?

How to establish a writing habit

If you're struggling to find time to write, the only honest approach is to look at what you do with your 168 hours a week.

Track Your Time

Look at the results of your time tracking to discover where you could fit in some writing time.

Review the results of your time tracking

Popping in to ask you if there's anything else you'd like to see on this course. Let me know in the Qu and A.

Popping in to ask you a question

Harness the power of lists. Try out some of the techniques we'll be using during the rest of this course - and plan a novel in an afternoon.

Preview 07:35

Look at repetitive tasks you perform and save time using some tried and tested productivity techniques.

Productivity techniques

Discover the two possible outcomes of time tracking - and why you might need to apply the brakes.

Two possible outcomes of time tracking

The only way to write a novel is to turn up. Make a commitment to your writing habit - and get your book written.

Commit to a writing habit

Our writing space is as important as our writing time. Here's how to make yours work.

Space to write

Use writing prompts to get started.

What to do during your scheduled writing time

You may already have a writing habit - so what happens next?

What if I’ve already got a writing habit?

In this video I go over some equipment you'll find useful when writing your novel - from basic to more advanced.


I often get asked this question - but what's the real answer?

Preview 01:07

Knowing how many words you're aiming for - and how many words you tend to write in a typical writing session - means you can work out how long it will take to write your book.

How much do you write in a typical writing session?

It's much trickier to time your redrafting, because it's hard to know when it begins and ends. Come up with an estimate so you allow yourself enough time to do it.

Time your redrafting

This video is designed to help you better understand your writing habit - by jotting down a few choice words at the end of each writing session.

Preview 04:36

I include several writing tools in my free Udemy course - called Starting to Write - but here are two of my favourites.

Two of my favourite writing tools
+ Planning your novel
35 lectures 01:51:13

Planning a novel? Start by dividing it in 3! And if after that you're ready to try your hand at something more complicated, try the three links in the resources.

The Three Act Structure

How to 'see' the patterns in a story in one sitting.

How to See a Story

What goes into the beginning of a novel? How do you kick things off and keep your readers interested?


What goes into the middle of a novel - often thought of as the hardest part to write?


What goes into the end of a novel? How do you tie up all those loose ends but keep the reader hooked until the last page?


In this video I sum up the Three Act Structure.

The Three Act Structure in a Nutshell

This video introduces the concept of the 'narrative arc.'

What is a narrative arc?

Find out how easy it is to find pictures of the narrative arc online.

How to find diagrams of the narrative arc online

This video is all about a concept that non-writers find hard to understand - why we need some mulling time.

Preview 04:20

The environment your character lives in (or finds themselves in) and the problems they face are inextricably bound up with the story you're going to tell about them.

How to create a character in a world with a problem

In this video I give you a challenge - one that will make the process of writing and submitting (or publishing) a novel easier to understand.

The Challenge

In this video you review the results of the challenge I set you - so come back to it when you're done!

Review the challenge I set you

Nobody sits down and writes 100,000 words. Knowing that can free you from feelings of inadequacy and judgement.

Why a novelist doesn't sit down to write 100,000 words

Doing the maths to work out how long each part of your novel will be - and how long each will take to write.

The Maths

This video is about the power of problems - they allow you to create a story.

Plot points from problems

What other characters do you need in your novel? This video gives you some techniques you can use to get started.

Populate your novel

There are lots of ways to create characters. In this video I give you a few techniques you can use.

Other ways to create interesting characters

Getting to know a character's background will give them some depth - and 3D characters are the key to a good story - so how do you do it?

Get to know your characters’ backgrounds

How do you flesh out your characters now you've got to know them?

Flesh out your characters

What do you care about? What story do you want to tell? Take some time to ponder what you're really writing about.

Know your theme

Think you can get away with googling everything?! This video shows you the kinds of research available to writers.

Research for novelists

We've already divided into beginning, middle and end - so now I want you to take that approach even further.

Divide your novel into chunks

How to avoid distractions so that you can write 1000 words per session.

Avoid distractions: Writing 1000 words per session

The next few videos are all about the details of planning. First off: plan your beginning.

Plan your beginning

Now you get to plan your middle: don't forget to use those problems.

Plan your middle

You may want to wait before planning your end, but this video shows you how to do it, whether you work on it now or later.

Plan your end

Why planning doesn't come first.

Planning all the way through the process

You've armed yourself with a plan: so now what do you do?

Using your plan now you've got one

This video shows you an alternative to the 'linear' approach to writing - create some signpost scenes first.

Creating signpost scenes

So now you have your signpost scenes, what do you do next?

Now you've created your signpost scenes, what next?

In this video, I show you my own scene cards and the headings I use to create them.

Creating scene cards

Now you've got a pretty good idea of how long your novel will be and how long it will take to write, go back to your schedule to make sure you've allocated enough time.

Schedule your writing time

There are several stages in the writing process - this video sums them up so you've got a handy way to remember them all.

Stages in the writing process

In case you want to go deeper, here are some of the books on novel writing that I like.

Books on novel writing

Here are some books on time management and productivity that will help you find time to write.

Books on Time Management and Productivity
+ Getting published
12 lectures 39:38

If you want to make money from your writing, here's a crucial step you need to take now.

If you want to make money from your writing, do this.

This video sums up the three main routes to publication.

The three routes to publication

Literary citizenship - what is it, and why is it important?

Literary citizenship

Presenting your work well - whether you're editing it or submitting it - is professional and it allows you to 'see' it with fresh eyes.

Present your work well

If you want to be a published writer, then there's a certain standard - a quality bar - you need to reach first.

How to prepare for publication: The Quality Bar

This video is all about the so-called 'traditional' route to publication - that is, how to get published by one of the big presses.

Going the Trad Route

There are a lot of small presses out there, so who do you approach? And how is it different from the traditional route?

The Small Press Route

You're usually going to include a cover letter or email with a submission. So what do you write about?

What to include in your cover letter

Once you've submitted your work, do you wait patiently for an answer, or do you ring them every day?

Checking in

Why no one really knows how long a synopsis 'should' be - and how to write yours.

The Synopsis

If you want to self-publish, where do you start? Is it possible to do it for free?

The Self-Publishing Route (Part one)

I sum up the tools you might need in order to self-publish and let you know where to go for detailed help.

The Self-Publishing Route (Part two)
+ Bonus Section
6 lectures 46:04

This video is about building an author platform, and points you towards a few extra resources.

Platform building and extra resources (bonus lecture)

This video is all about small steps method and how it started - you've been using it all the way through this course in fact!

The Small Steps Method (bonus lecture)

An invitation to take part in my other Udemy courses - with coupon codes in the resources.

Preview 01:40

I show you how to plan your novel in one afternoon. This is a 35 min video so if you'd prefer the 4 minute version - same techniques, same topic, but much shorter - click on the link in the resources.

How to plan a novel in an afternoon (bonus lecture)
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