The Novel in Ninety Course

'This course will get your book written! That dream of writing a novel isn’t a dream anymore it’s my reality thanks to this course.' Ros Try-Hane

The right course at the right time

How it works

The short, inspiring, daily lessons will lead you through the writing of your novel to success. Watch and read them on your commute on any device. You will need just one hour a day for writing for ninety days, until you're holding the manuscript of your novel in your hands.

1. Inspiration and Preparation

Establish the right habits, get the right tools, prepare the right frame of mind to start in great shape. When to write, materials needed, how to live for the next 90 days, finding privacy and the right time, choosing the 'hero' novel for your journey. These 16 short posts of vlogs and text are waiting for you on arrival to be taken before starting the daily lessons which are drip-fed from the following day.

2. Construction

Once you have refined your idea to one sentence using our one word clue for great concepts, we begin writing, drawing on the best practices of the great novelists. Casting real people, plotting without plotting, choosing the right point of view, finding the emotional heart of the novel, motifs, use of 'peculiarities', and how to deploy the full stop.

About 10,000 words done.

3. In The Swim

Using three famous novels written in four weeks or less we bring pace to the writing process and boost your productivity. We examine the novel writing techniques of three great novelists and find out how they wrote great books fast. Pacing the narrative, conflict, the 'mysterious fourth part', the romantic imagination, the purpose of redemption. Now you're really writing - fast!

About 30,000 words done

4. Heat

At about 30,000 words, the writing of a novel can sag and typically writers give up here. So this is where we fire your imagination, motivation and creativity, and remind you of why you're writing. Counterintuitively, we make it harder here, challenging you to raise your game, drawing upon some innovative novel writing techniques.

 

5. Enlightenment

A big stretch of ambition and skills combining poetry with programming. We 'juice' the many drafts of one of the greatest novels of the last 25 years and show you how it's done from the first line of the first chapter to the ending which destroys the flaw in the writer. Your writing will never be the same again. Your book will be bolder than you ever imagined.

50 - 60,000 words done.

6. Home

The Kritikme Five F's will give you the complete structure for your novel. So this is where plot happens for great writers! Based on Aristotle's Poetics, the Five F's underpin the plot structure of most great novels. This phase will deliver you to the front door of your finished manuscript, accomplished and exhilarated.

 

The home stretch to 70,000 words. Well done!

Complete Support

Writers write better in good spirits. Your tutor is with you all the way. You will share your journey with other writers like you and make friends no doubt but unlike other courses there is no requirement to share work. Enjoy the cheerful and kindly closed group for writers writing with Kritikme.

Draw upon the support as much as you need, on your terms, when you want. Have fun.

The little extras:

Some of the additional support features of your plan:

The Buddy Plan

Get matched with a writer like you starting the same time or writing in your genre for accountability and to cheer each other on. It's optional, but our buddies become great friends. You'll find you have a lot in common. Just email us and say 'Buddy me!'

Home Retreat Week

One week every season, we book a week off work, down tools at the day jobs and stay home to write. With the social media embargo, evening team chats, and word count progress at out group, it's the way to add serious weight to your manuscript.

Sunday Evening Team Chats

Every other Sunday at 8pm, your tutor Louise hosts a live online team chat which you book in for in advance here. We kick off with 'How was your writing week?' There's a lot of laughter, and sharing of novel writing tips.

The Members Lodge

Membership during your plan. Writers prizes and awards. Reading lists and playlists. Discounts and reviews of writers' products. Details of publishing professionals who want to work with Kritikme grads. Fast kind feedback on your work - 'Kritikme!' 

The Tutor

The course with the award-winning author of books published internationally. Louise Dean will be with you all the way. Monthly novel planning chats online, one-to-one.

'It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.'

Ernest Hemingway.

Some of the other authors ...

"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

Make a dream a reality.

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'Utterly brilliant. Life-changing, in fact. The course, the community and the guide, Louise, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you're serious about writing a novel, don't let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it's fresh and you're on fire. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it.'

— Rashmi Sirdeshpande

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