How to Write a Novel

Turn your dreams of being a published author into reality!

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What if I told you that in just a few short months, you could be holding your own completed novel in your hands?


Could it really be possible to write a novel from start to finish, without radically changing your lifestyle?

The answer is YES… and if you want to be a successful writer, this could be the most important thing you ever read.


Dear fellow writer,

Have you ever felt that you were running out of time to write your novel, the dream you’ve always wanted to fulfill?

Be honest. Have you ever:

  • Had a great idea for a novel but lacked the time to develop it?
  • Tried to start a novel but quit after a few chapters because you didn’t know what to do next?
  • Been interrupted so much while you were trying to write that you just gave up?
  • Fantasized about holding your very own novel in your hands?

When I was a little girl, people told me I could be anything I wanted when I grew up. I dreamed of one day being a famous writer. Growing up, I read countless books on the art of creative writing, but I could never find the answers I was searching for. Questions like:

  • How do I decide what to write?
  • How do I develop my characters?
  • How do I schedule my day so I have time to write with all my responsibilities?

As the years flew by, I kept promising myself that one day I would write a novel. But without the answers to my questions, I couldn’t see how being a novelist was even possible. I finished school, entered full-time work and couldn’t believe the lack of energy, focus and motivation I felt after a full day of work.

I felt like I would never have the time to satisfy my life-long dream of writing a novel.

One day, I realized that there were no easy answers to the questions I kept asking. I realized that if I ever wanted to finish my novel, I needed to create my own answers.


We have more responsibilities than ever before

It’s not your fault that society places such demands on you. Between work, family, running a household – where is the time for writing?

It’s not your fault that you don’t know what to do in order to finish your book, either. Society paints writing as something mysterious, as a talent that cannot be easily explained or learned, but talent is only a part of it.

Imagine if you could find the time in your hectic day to devote to writing your novel. Even with a job, raising a family, preparing meals and running a household, it is possible to fulfil your dreams and take care of your responsibilities at the same time.

You don’t need to quit your job, hire a nanny or move to a tropical island to be able to write a novel!

I’m going to give you practical tools to help you get started, get finished, and get published.

Once upon a time, I made a promise to myself. I was going to write and publish a novel. I gave myself a deadline. I set to work. And then…I just gave up. I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t have time in my busy day, especially after I took on more and more adult responsibilities like a full-time job, a relationship and my first house. I spent hours surfing the internet, looking for a way to overcome these difficulties. I despaired that I would never finish even one novel.

And then I had a baby, and if I thought I was busy before, I had no idea how busy I would be as a parent!

I ruminated a lot when my daughter was young. Mourning the loss of the person I used to be and the opportunities I believed I had wasted. I thought my dreams had become impossibilities. I thought I would never be able to write my books, because my job was to be a mother and wife and nothing else.

I didn’t write anything for six months after my daughter was born, even though I wanted to. I missed writing so badly, but I couldn’t see how I could possibly be a competent mother AND be able to have a time-consuming hobby like writing .

I didn’t know how to take care of my family and be true to myself at the same time.

I thought about all of the things I wanted to teach my daughter, things that I had been told when I was a little girl. Things like, “You can be whatever you want when you grow up,” and, “The only difference between a dream and a goal is a plan.”

I wanted her to be able to do anything she wanted in life – but first, I realized, I had to show her.

Show her that I meant what I said. That dreams really can come true.

Instead of her asking me one day, “Mum, what were your dreams when you were a little girl?”

She won’t need to ask. Because she will be able to see my novels, displayed proudly on the bookshelf in our living room.

My turning point!

I identified the main problems I had were really a lack of time, a lack of direction, and a lack of accountability, among others. Once I properly identified the issues preventing me from writing, I researched and tried many methods to overcome them. I took courses and read books on time management; I juggled my baby in a sling while I typed with one hand.

After a lot of trial and error, I devised a system that worked. In just three short months, while I took care of an infant (who had an immense dislike for sleep), ran a household, looked after my personal responsibilities and didn’t eat take-out every night – I wrote a full-length novel from start to finish.

And published it myself.


Soon after publishing my novel, Walking Dead Girl, it shot into the top ten on Amazon’s Dark Fantasy bestseller list. I couldn’t believe it.

   I had not only achieved my dream, I had exceeded it.

And now? I’m using the same system I perfected to write my second novel.


I am proof that this system works. And I know it will work for you as well.



Course Features

Flexible Content: Study at your own pace

Private Members Forum: Exclusive writers mastermind

Group coaching calls: Private calls throughout the course

 Course Outline

Week One: You as a writer

Uncovering your writing desires
Goal setting
Why you want to write
Writing for you

Week Two: Scheduling

What your week looks like
Childcare alternatives
Prioritizing your work
Your dream week
Maintaining balance
Setting a deadline for your first draft

Week Three: Essential Writing tools

Nailing down your schedule and telling the world
Creating an inspiring work space
Setting up your ideas notebook
Creating your writing habit

Week Four: Your Novel Blueprint
Beginning with the end in mind
Breaking it down
High-level story sketch
Getting to know your characters inside & out
Exploring genre and figuring out where your story fits best
Deciding on a word count ( depending on your genre)
Trusting your subconscious to help you tell the story

Week Five: Structure and Substance

The hero’s journey
3-act structure
Series or standalone?
Planning your work, chapter by chapter
Living your story
First scenes and crucial story elements
Cliffhangers and ever-afters

Week Six: Accountability
Group coaching call with Jessica this week!
Staying the course
Overcoming obstacles along the way

Week Seven: The Writing Journey

Fears & Insecurities
Keeping track of everything – tools and continuity spreadsheets
Live Q&A to discuss anything and everything about your writing!

Week Eight: Charging through the middle

Keeping your writing fresh in the middle of your novel
Writing with the end in mind
How to keep going when it’s all too hard
What to do when your story takes a different direction

Week Nine: Stayin’ Alive

The (sometimes lonely) writing life
Hanging in there
Are you on track to meet your goal?

Week Ten: Editing Module

Taking a break from your work after typing “The End”
How to maximise your read-throughs
Hiring a professional: Costs, expectations and results
Get exclusive academy rates for Jessica’s selected editors and proofreaders

Week 11: Formatting Module

The best formatting software
DIY formatting VS hiring a professional
Detailed formatting instructions for Amazon and all major online bookstores
Detailed formatting info for paperbacks through Createspace
Cover Creation
Plan your book launch

Week Twelve: Publishing Module

Decisions: Self-publishing, traditional publishing or both?
Deciding where to sell your work
Pros and cons of KDP select
Group Q&A with Jessica to discuss anything you want about writing & publishing!
Celebrating your success!


This course is available until September 30th, 2013. After that, I’m closing enrolments for 2013. The class won’t be available again until 2014 and the price will definitely be rising in 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The guided course will begin on Friday 20th September, with the last lesson (week 12) being released on Friday 6th December. There will be one week’s break in between the writing and editing modules. You’ll have access to the private mastermind group for a whole year, though!

Do I need to be a mom?

No, you don’t! Although the course has been specifically created for mothers, anyone wanting to write a novel is welcome to take part.

Do I need to finish my novel in 12 weeks?

Nope, that’s just a guide. If you want to write quicker or take your time, it’s totally up to you. Everyone is different!

How does the course work?

The course starts on Friday, September 20th and runs for 12 weeks. There will be one vacation week between weeks nine and ten to allow for some space and time away from your novel before we delve into editing, formatting and publishing. However the course remains open and available year-round so you can start whenever you please. Going on vacation? Not a problem. Just pick up where you left off. Having a baby? That’s fine, just take whatever break you need and come back when you’re ready. You have a full years access to everything on our site, and by downloading each lesson to your own computer, you’ll have them for life!

Do I get any support after the 12 weeks?

Absolutely! Your course fee includes a one year membership to the private writers forum. So everyone taking the course will be able to keep in touch, offer support and keep you accountable.

What is your refund policy?

Please note that I do NOT offer refunds. I have poured every single thing I know about writing, editing and publishing into this course. If you’re not 100% sure you are ready to write your novel in the next year, please do not purchase the course.


About the creator of the academy

Author photo Jessica Roscoe is a mentor and coach to women wanting to achieve their writing dreams. She is also a published author and mumma. You can find her at The Creative Mumma where she blogs weekly on issues affecting mothers and their creative work.