Write Your Novel in 4 Months: Complete Program

If you’ve been wanting to write your novel but weren’t sure how to begin, our Write Your Novel in 4 Months Program is exactly what you need to finally see the draft in your hand.

With our framework of continuous dedicated personal mentorship, self-guided instruction, and a daily writing plan, all you have to do is show up and write, and we take care of the rest.

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What is the Write Your Novel in 4 Months: Complete Program?

This unique program is a carefully designed infrastructure of continuous dedicated mentorship through weekly meetings and live chat, self-directed study, and a clearly laid out writing schedule. Everything you need to write a novel is planned, leaving you free to focus on your writing. At the program’s end, you will have a full novel draft.

The Program’s Framework

Your Personal Mentor

From the very beginning you will have a mentor by your side who is your brainstorming, support, and accountability partner, and there to offer strategies for maximizing your writing and staying motivated. Having dedicated support and the awareness that someone who knows you and your work  is invested in your success makes an enormous difference when you’re writing a book.

Self-Directed Study

Weekly lessons help you develop your novel; in them you will learn new approaches to writing craft and practice, determine best strategies for aspects of novel structure, and see how to manipulate a variety of techniques for establishing setting, developing character, creating tension and plot, how to deal with point of view, different ways to write scene and what your first edit will look like once you have your draft completed.

Your Daily Writing Schedule

Your writing calendar shows you your progressive daily page count for 4 months. Five days a week, you write 3-4 pages per day, which yields a 240-320 page draft. You can share your calendar, progress, and challenges with your mentor to stay accountable and get new strategies for staying on schedule.

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Time Commitment

The program design requires you spend about 8-9 hours per week*:

  • 3-4 pages per day of writing, 5 days per week
  • Weekly 30-minute mentor meetings
  • Approx. 30 minutes per week for the self-guided lessons

The program was designed to be a manageable length so writers with jobs, families, and other obligations can do the work and not have to make a heavy compromise on your life, while at the same time, 4 months is a productive period when you can see the finish line in fast approach.

*The program length and workload is adaptable to suit all schedules and writing styles.

What You Get

  • Weekly 30-minute virtual meetings with your mentor + live chat as needed (16 meetings total)
  • Comprehensive course lessons containing video, lecture, and additional suggested resources and readings (20 lessons total)
  • Customizable writing schedule
  • Downloadable sheets and guides
  • 24/7 access to secure chat group of fellow program participants and private group on Facebook

The Self-Guided Course Lesson Contents

The 8 Modules contain 20 lessons: 3 pre-lessons, 16 weekly program lessons, and 1 post-lesson. Each lesson is timed to correspond with your novel’s development. Worksheets, downloadable checklists, readings and resources, and videos are all included!





Your Mentor

By the end of your first week of enrollment, you will be matched with one of our mentors. Our mentors are published authors, skilled writing coaches & editors and part of the One Lit Place Creative Team. Each has a minimum of 10-year’s experience working with writing clients of all genres and holds either a PhD and/or MFA (or M.A.) in Writing and English Literature.

Their energetic outsider’s view of your work and process always provides a wonderful dose of fresh air, and whether you’re an emerging writer and this is your first book or you’ve published numerous works, they will design their approach to meet you exactly where you are and with the tools and suggestions you need so you feel heard, understood and uniquely supported.

The Lessons’ Instructor

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Ongoing Registration On Your Schedule

This program is open for you to begin any time.

Imagine if you were to register right now: in 4 months, that novel you’ve been holding on to (for how long?) or thinking about will finally be a reality!

Where before COVID-19, our time was spoken for and squeezing in a big project like writing a novel was that much harder (like trying to move a mountain), now, many people are seeing that time is softer, more forgiving. We may not have more of it, but we can allocate it differently.

Bringing in your novel now may feel less high stakes but yield the same result; by waking an hour earlier for the next four months or adjusting your afternoon schedule, you can finally achieve this important goal.

You may never “feel ready” to write your novel, but when you leap in, we will be there to support you every step of the way to make sure your book happens.

What Happens When You Enroll

Day 1: The program begins the moment you sign up. You receive your Welcome email containing a link to the Member Area at One Lit Place, where you will access your first Preparatory Lesson containing a workbook and video to get you started off on the most powerful foot.

Day 3: Access your second preparatory lesson with downloadable files, the link to our private Facebook group, and the first day’s preparation task.

Day 5: Your last preparatory lesson, which will take you through a 2-day task as you organize your writing process for the next 4 months.

Day 7: Lesson 1 and your schedule kicks in and today you begin writing your novel.

The middle of the second week: You’re paired with your mentor and receive an invitation to your private team in our editors’ platform where you connect and schedule your first meeting.

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Course Outcomes

This program’s infrastructure defines what you will do, when you will do it, and how you will make it happen, so in 4 months, you finally will have the novel you’ve been wanting to write.

Everything that makes writing a novel on your own challenging has been replaced with solutions: one-on-one collaboration with a skilled writing mentor, a daily plan, and guidance on novel-writing craft, mindset, and practice.

Are you ready to write your novel? What are you waiting for?

Enjoy 7 full days of the program before deciding if it’s for you.

Writing a novel is one of the most fulfilling and exciting things a person can do. With the support and guidance of a mentor and overall program infrastructure, you will be free to get your best work done.  

Other Program Plan Options

If you’re looking for a lighter version of mentorship (bi-weekly meetings rather than weekly meetings) or would like to do the program on your own with the self-directed lessons and writing schedule, you will find other options to help you write your novel:

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You’ve been ready to write your novel for a long time. Now is your time.

We’re looking forward to writing with you.

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