Write Your Novel in 4 Months

Writing Coaching & Editing

Write Your Novel in 4 Months

In only 4 months, go from thinking about writing your novel or short story collection to holding a completed first draft in your hands.

Get valuable support from your writing coach and editor, learn craft and strategy, gain invaluable writing skills, and stay focused and on track. This step-by-step process takes the guesswork out of writing your novel or collection of short stories and guides you through each stage toward completion.

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Are you ready to write your novel but are unsure where or how to start? Our One Lit Place Write Your Novel in 4 Months program is the perfect way to kick-start and sustain you and your writing.

Writers who attempt to get their first draft down without support often falter or quit entirely. Those who get regular, specific infrastructure, guidance, instruction, and the personal one-on-one help and accountability from a writing coach and editor see markedly greater productivity, confidence, and success. Your coach will ensure you’re generating pages and pushing toward your first draft.

By writing 3 pages a day for 5 days a week, after only 4 months, you’ll have the first draft of your novel in your hands!

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Free Book Planning Worksheet & Consultation

1. Fill out our worksheet designed to show you your goals for writing a novel or story collection, what kind of coaching or editing support would benefit you most, and how to implement a strategy for approaching the writing process.

2. Schedule your FREE no-commitment consultation to discuss ways we can support you throughout the work, so your book makes it to publication!

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How It Works: Write Your Novel in 4 Months

You and your writing coach establish a working strategy, which involves implementing a schedule of accountability meetings and check-ins for advice, prompts, and resources.

Along with that regular support, you get to work with 3-5-4:

  • Write 3 pages a day
  • 5 days a week
  • for 4 months

At the end, you will have 260 pages: a completed first draft of your novel!


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The novel-writing process happens in three main phases: Early Drafting, Feedback and Editing, and Late Stage Proofreading & Publication Support.

Write Your Novel in 4 Months: Inception & Early Drafting

– Early stage guidance, support, and editorial assistance via chat, phone, and/or video conference
– Establish project purpose and structure
– Design infrastructure for writing process and writer’s schedule

Weekly or regular check-ins with your coach and editor suggested to maintain accountability and to discuss any issues or challenges that arise.

*By writing 3 pages per day, 5 days per week, in 4 months, you will have a completed first draft.

Mid-Stage Coaching & Editing

– Developmental feedback on early manuscript pages
– Continual support and instruction on writing craft

Your coach and editor is on hand to provide feedback and walk you through how to implement any changes, make editorial changes on your behalf, or teach you editorial skills so you can self-edit as well as have your editor’s eyes on the work for an outsider’s take on the manuscript from macro to micro.

Late-Stage Editing & Publication Support

– Collaboratively refine book purpose, structure, pacing, and flow
– Provide substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading
– Assist with query, synopsis or proposal & publication support

Your editor will help refine the draft at the chapter, section, paragraph, and line level so it is lean, concise, purposeful and correct. A publication strategy can be determined to help you know whether to aim for self-publishing or traditional publishing and what steps you can take to achieve that publishing goal.

Many writers talk about wanting to write novels, but only those writers who sit down and make the writing happen are the ones whose books make it to the shelves, influence our thinking, and effect change.

It’s your time.

Ways We Help Writers:

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Writing Courses & Seminars at One Lit Place at onelitplace.comHow Does the Relationship Work with My Writing Coach and Editor?

Your writing coach/editor will collaborate with you to determine what plan and kind of attention would be of best benefit to you and your writing. Not sure what you need? No problem; they’ll talk with you to see what you wish to achieve with your writing, how you work best, and where you are in your process to come to an early stage plan for getting you generating work, keeping to a schedule, and learning craft, technique, structure and strategy.

How Do My Writing Coach and I Work Together?

You will have a private team area in our editors’ platform where you can chat in real time and easily exchange documents. You’re also welcome to connect over video conference, chat on the phone, or do a hybrid of all of these methods: whatever works best for you! We recommend a weekly or regular check-in with your coach during the first 4 months, but throughout the process, you can collaborate with your coach/editor as much or as little as you like and as is beneficial to you and your developing manuscript.

What Do I Need to Do to Begin?

We begin with a signed agreement, so you know your work and ideas are confidential, how the relationship works, and how payment is made. Then once payment for the initial block of time of 5 hours is made, we get you set up in our editors platform and you’re good to go!

Financial Investment

The fee for working with a coach and editor begins at $80/hr. (Some of our team have a higher hourly rate). Despite the fact that we provide a fully-realized book-writing plan, there is no financial commitment needed from you as you will only be billed in 5-hour blocks. Your coach keeps track of the time they’re spending and pro-rates in 5-minute increments, so you only pay for the time you use (ex: a 35-minute call is billed at 35 minutes). We share our time sheets with you at the end of each paid period so you can see where your budget is going.

Coaching often merges with editing as you develop your ideas and embark on a manuscript or individual writing assignments. The rate for all coaching, editing, and proofreading is the same, so you can continue working with your editor all throughout the project clear to publication.

Feel free to be in touch any time by email or phone- we offer a free, no-commitment consultation to all writers and are happy to answer questions any time. We’re always ready to see how we can help you reach your writing goals!

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