How To Write A Novel

The novel writing course created by a writer for writers. Louise Dean is the award-winning Man Booker longlisted author of four internationally published novels. Winner of the Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize. Nominated for The Guardian First Novel Prize. Winner of Le Prince Maurice Prize. Nominated for the Dublin Literary Prize. Louise's novels have been reviewed and praised widely and her fourth novel was an Oprah Book Club choice.

The Novel Writing Course

Katie Khan signed up for our Ninety Day Novel ® course in August 2017. Katie wrote her novel in ninety days. Katie's novel was published by Penguin Transworld in August 2018. Many writers like Katie have discovered the new way to write a novel with a day job.

Our Writers' Success Stories

Read our writers's stories. Many of them have now found literary agents and published their books. This could be you, and soon! Scroll through their stories here.

Write Your Novel Step by Step

In April 2017 Louise Dean set herself and a group of writers a challenge to write a novel in ninety days with day jobs and the Kritikme novel writing course was born! Yes, it's possible to write a novel, have a job and kids, if you follow the method. In fact, it's better to write to a deadline so long as you have proper support and guidance and don't make beginners' mistakes at the outset. Step by step, daily guidance is given online every day to coincide with the writing of your novel. Find out how writers really write and get that novel done!

Writing coach Louise Dean

Louise Dean Coach

Warm-hearted, constructive, encouragement from an  author with 20 years experience. The lessons are given by Louise Dean by video and text daily on a beautiful online platform. You'll know just what to do when you hit the white page today and every day from when you sign up.

How to start writing a book

Week 1. Inspiration and Preparation

Learn the essential writing habits that will last you a lifetime. You will be guided step by step daily to prepare an exciting solid, commercial novel idea. Find the writing plan that will work for your busy lifestyle. 10 lessons immediately at sign up. 

Write a book online plot

Weeks 2-3. Construction

You won't start writing your book until we are confident your idea is in great shape. Find the emotional heart of your story.  Begin by building real people not 'characters'. Cherish this special time of your life as you create the vital organs of your novel. 

Creative writing point of view

Weeks 4-6. The Swim

Your new process is paying off with fluent, joyful daily writing. Here's where we make sure you've cracked the nuts and bolts of craft skills. We use lessons from great novels written fast to motivate and guide your writing and help you drive the story forwards with some inspired techniques. 

How to write a novel step by step

Week 7. The Heat Phase

This is where we fire your energy levels, unleash your imagination and set a new pace for productivity to power you through the point where so many aspiring novelists typically lose heart. We raise the stakes in your plot and add some serious word count. 


Steps to writing a book - theme

Weeks 8- 10. Enlightenment

Discover the secrets to the writing of one of the greatest novels of the last 50 years with these game-changing insights. You will be taking your writing to a whole new level and you'll begin to feel rather proud of your new  standard of writing. 


How to write a story plan

Weeks 10-12. Home

You will  look back in wonderment at the shape of the story that has surprised. Time to make sure it chimes with the big storytelling structure that meets a reader's deepest needs. Everything you need to get you to the end of your first draft. 

Writing course support

24/7. Complete Support

Get instant, useful feedback on your first draft from other writers. Draw upon the 24/7 live online support of a cosy community of published and aspiring writers. Lean on us as much as you need, on your terms. Feel the love.

Sign Up For The Ninety Day Novel ®

Take the award-winning author's novel writing course whichever way suits you best. Suitable for writers of any genre of novel and memoirs too, and if you're writing children's or Young Adult, Sci-Fi, fantasy or historical fiction, check out our Classic course for the complete guide to world-building. This is a worldwide online course and we accept all currencies.



or $89 a month

The Ninety Day Novel ® course with over 100 lessons.

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- lessons drip-fed daily to coincide with your daily writing

- pay as you go monthly

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or $190 a month for 3 months

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- 3 calls with your writing coach Louise Dean 

- 120 days access

- 3 months membership of the writers's community

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or $253 a month for 3 months

Ninety Day Novel ® course drip-fed daily with over 100 lessons.

- 6 calls with your writing coach Louise Dean

- 365 days access

- Annual membership 

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or $508 single payment

Ninety Day Novel ® course with over 100 lessons available immediately in entirety.

- 2 calls with your writing coach Louise Dean

- 120 days access

- 120 days membership

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Our Other Novel Writing Courses

If you need to come up with the idea for your novel, or you're 'world-building' for Young Adult, Children's, Fantasy, or Historical fiction and you want to plan your book and create material, then go for The Classic Course.

"All autobiography is storytelling, all writing is autobiography."

J.M Coetzee

"It's probably natural for readers to move into writing, and that's essentially what happened to me. Creating people out of nothing and putting them on paper seemed like an amusing and interesting thing to do. Writing novels is a great deal of fun. The play element in it for me is very large. "

Annie Proulx

"When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. "

Kurt Vonnegut

"Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."

Doris Lessing

"What makes a novel feel vital is when it comes into being as it is written, in much the same way as the moment occurs as it is lived. So what I was doing was writing blindly, unknowing of what would come next."

Karl Ove Knausgaard

"I write a lot of material that I know I’ll throw away. It’s just part of the process. I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one."

Barbara Kingsolver

"My novel took up the sweetest part of my mind and the rarest part of my imagination; it was like being in love and better. All day long when I was busy ... I had my unfinished novel personified almost as a secret companion and accomplice following me like a shadow wherever I went, whatever I did."

Muriel Spark

"The scariest moment is always just before you start."

Stephen King

"It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live."

John Fowles

"Each book is, in a sense, an argument with myself, and I would write it, whether it is ever published or not."

Patricia Highsmith

"I have been a man who is always about to go into a room and write. That's where I'd rather be, most of the time"

Hanif Kureishi

"No tricks."

Raymond Carver

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Win a free place on The Ninety Day Novel Course.

Enter the draw to win the course. All entrants will win a free trial of the course to warm up to write a novel. The winner will be announced 14th October 2018 at our blog.

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Memberships, Awards, Recognition

The founder of Kritikme, Louise Dean, is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education, Member of The Society of Authors, Winner Best Newcomer Independent Professionals in Education 2016. Louise Dean's novels have won The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize and been featured in Oprah's Book Club.


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