For those of you on the NaNoWriMo journey, when the dust of November settles, the daily routine and regimen of The Novel in Ninety plan at kritikme.com could be just the thing. You’ll find yourself establishing an enduring writing habit. The coach is none other than award-winning novelist Louise Dean who writes alongside her 70 writers and provides daily guidance.
One of the primary obstacles to finishing a book, for many, is coping with the onerous demand of a day job. Although William Vanderbilt once stated that “Inherited wealth is a real handicap to happiness. It is as certain a death to ambition as cocaine is to morality,” few struggling writers would agree. For those of us lacking the poison of inherited wealth, we manage our work during the precious time available between waking and sleeping.
Kritikme is all about fitting a writing schedule into your daily life. Louise Dean has invented a useful aid to those whose lot in life is to work for a living. The writing guidance is fun, irreverent and inspiring.
The course is an enjoyable potpourri of elements, combining daily lessons, community support, narrative critique, and philosophical musings on the art of writing itself. Louise drip feeds the lessons to your inbox, and advises against worrying too much about plot. Instead, she encourages you to find your way by simply writing each day. The idea is to create a thrilling journey for both writer and reader.
The best bit about not plotting too much is that you keep your thoughts fresh and original. A plotted novel is potentially a dead novel. All that plotting may deaden your enthusiasm for creating the actual narrative!
I’ve been giving the course a tryout, and so far, I’ve found the community warm, fun and hugely supportive. As a frequent visitor to the members’ lodge, I’ve enjoyed meeting other writers, reading their work, and receiving incisive feedback on my own first drafts. The quality of the prose is high, many of these writers will, in my opinion, morph into published authors in due course, if they haven’t already done so. The members’ community is a closed community, only open to subscribers, so it feels safe to go in there and expose that raw, just being worked out, story in progress.
Getting feedback – or Kritik- on your work from other writers is optional, but it’s a fantastic resource. Once you put yourself in the hands of working writers, you find great sympathy and understanding. Spirits run high at Kritikme, and there’s a real sense of being on a journey towards publication, and rooting for each other along the way, which is priceless.
I’d recommend giving this course a go, and there’s a 10% discount available until November 30th, valid for all three months of the course, with the code NLW10.