READY TO START WRITING YOUR NOVEL WITHOUT FEELING OVERWHELMED, EVEN IF YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME?
Yes, you can do this.
Maybe you’ve thought about writing a novel for a while but you’re not sure where to start.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP.
You might be wondering if you should even bother starting your novel. It’s not like you’re some kind of literary genius. You’re just a regular person with an idea.
BEFORE YOU DISMISS YOUR DREAM OF WRITING A NOVEL, ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
- Do you have a story you want to share with the world?
- Have you been keeping notebooks with plots and character sketches but can’t ever find the time to put it all together?
- Are you overwhelmed by decisions about point of view, plotting, and structure, and unsure about how to combine it all to create a compelling story?
- Do you read stories by successful novelists and long to learn more about their process so you could make progress on your own work?
If you answered these questions with a confident “yes,” there is good news.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY STUCK.
If you’ve been dreaming of writing a novel but haven’t taken action on it, you’re not alone. Most writers have to overcome a lot of obstacles in order to even start writing. We recognize that:
- Calling yourself a writer can feel terrifying.
- Setting aside your precious time to write fiction can feel indulgent.
- Seeing people roll their eyes at your “little writing project” hurts.
- Figuring out how to bring together all the elements of a story can feel confusing and overwhelming.
How do we know this?
. . . because we’ve experienced it in our own lives.
. . . because for the past five years, we’ve been helping writers make progress on the writing path.
At hope*writers, we help writers understand how to balance the art of writing and the business of publishing without sacrificing their meaningful lives.
Every writer has to start somewhere. We firmly believe your story can change lives.
But that doesn’t mean you need high stakes pressure or tight deadlines to help you start writing a novel.
Instead, we want you to know that there is a way to start your novel that:
- Doesn’t overwhelm you, but still shows you what’s really important.
- Lays out a clear explanation of your options so you can make progress on your manuscript with confidence.
- Gives you practical insight and craft tips from successful novelists who’ve been there.
- Feels friendly instead of competitive.
That’s why we created an online training that is focused on helping you start.
INTRODUCING HOW TO START YOUR NOVEL
How To Start Your Novel is focused on helping you start your novel . . . Novel idea, huh? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist a little novelist humor.)
Getting started is where most writers struggle because they:
- Are afraid to start for fear of making a mistake.
- Think they have to have hours each day to dedicate to their writing.
- Get discouraged when they can’t keep up with the grueling schedule they created.
They forget that when it comes to writing, your pace is your pace.
Some writers will be able to whiz through the training content and write their novel in a month or two, while others may take years.
This isn’t a race or a competition. How To Start Your Novel is about providing the foundational training you need to make progress on your writing.
Whether you’ve been dreaming about writing a novel for a long time, are serious about getting your novel published, or just want to learn more about the mechanics of writing fiction, How To Start Your Novel is for you!
How To Start Your Novel includes:
- Exclusive teaching and interviews from well-known novelists sharing their craft and techniques that actually work.
- Printable worksheets to keep you on track.
- Writing prompts to help you when you feel stuck.
SEE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS FROM . . .
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through award-winning novels, nonfiction, and speaking events for women. Her tagline undergirds everything she writes: "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope." She and her grade-school-sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.
Becky Wade makes her home in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three children. She’s the Christy Award Book of the Year, INSPY Award, and Carol Award-winning author of heartwarming and humorous contemporary Christian romances.
Shawn Smucker is the award-winning author of These Nameless Things and Light from Distant Stars, the young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, and the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Julie Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and TEDx speaker whose work has earned literary acclaim across both the inspirational and general market. In addition to writing contemporary and historical fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s books, poetry, and essays, she served a two-year stint as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and currently works as a developmental editor, book coach, copywriter, and ghostwriter across numerous genres.
Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Redeeming Love, as well as its spinoff products, A Path to Redeeming Love: A Forty-Day Devotional, and Redeeming Love: The Companion Study. Her other bestsellers include A Voice in the Wind and The Masterpiece. Her books have been translated into more than 30 different languages, and she has been featured in Christianity Today, Today's Christian Living, CBN.com, and many other outlets.
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Follower of the Word series, The Soul Chronicles, and the award-winning Ravenwood Saga. When she’s not writing, she enjoys games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
Steven James is the critically-acclaimed author of seventeen novels. He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and is the author of Story Trumps Structure and Troubleshooting Your Novel. When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches Novel Writing Intensive retreats across the country with New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. Steven’s latest book is a near-future sci-fi thriller called Synapse.
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.
Ariel Lawhon is a critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. She is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress; Flight of Dreams; I Was Anastasia; and Code Name Hélène. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, Indie Next, Costco, Amazon Spotlight, and Book of the Month Club selections. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four sons. Ariel splits her time between the grocery store and the baseball field.
Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling novelist with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning works of historical fiction have been named to numerous lists, including Publishers Weekly’s annual roster of 100 best books, Library Reads Top Picks, the Real Simple annual tally of best books, Booklist’s Top Ten, and Book of the Month. She lives in Southern California with her husband and yellow lab, Winston.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
You can get unlimited access to How To Start Your Novel for just $29!
When you purchase How To Start Your Novel, you’ll get access to ten exclusive training interviews with popular fiction writers, helpful worksheets to keep you focused, and writing prompts to help you break through writer’s block.
MEET YOUR HOST
Hi there, I’m Emily Conrad.
I'm a hope*writers team member and author of the novel Justice.
I believe the story in your heart has the power to bring hope to a world that needs it. By learning from the masters of our craft, finding encouragement, and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!), you’ll be on your way to crafting a meaningful story.
As a novelist myself, I understand the road can be daunting, and that’s why I’m excited to be the host of How To Start Your Novel.
Your story can make an impact, and we’d love to help you tell it.
WHAT FICTION WRITERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOW TO START YOUR NOVEL:
ALICIA WORELY PALACIOS
"After listening to the unbelievably helpful interviews, I have a better sense of what to do before I start writing the novel. The authors answered questions I didn’t know I had, and their answers gave me a sense of what I want to do next. I am less likely to get discouraged having heard what successful writers have done to reach their goals (and how long it has taken them). I feel so much more equipped to do the hard stuff thanks to the resources shared."
“The interviews were so ENCOURAGING! Thank you for leading this and coordinating such a great lineup of authors. It was so inspiring to hear how the different authors got started and to hear the challenges they encountered along the way. It can be easy to think they have it all together since they are accomplished, well-known authors, but it was so refreshing hearing them talk about all the work and challenges that went into publishing their books. I also loved the specific questions about writing that helped me understand more of the craft (how to write good openings, character development, first vs. third person, etc.).”
“I felt encouraged that every writer's path to success is very unique. While there are great road maps, our skills and connections and journey may look entirely different than another person. So I feel more empowered to just write and see where it takes me.”
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE?
WHAT IF I GET STUCK?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?
WHAT IS HOPE*WRITERS?
HOW TO START YOUR NOVEL
10 Exclusive Interviews From Well-Known Novelists
Printable Worksheets + Writing Prompts
Lifetime Access to the Training
At some point, you will have to invest in your growth as a writer. By doing that at the beginning of your journey, you set yourself up for long-term success because you know where you’re going and how to get there.
Stop wondering and wandering and start writing your novel today!