“How I Overcame Crushing Self-Doubt and Finally Wrote a Novel—And How You Can Too!”

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The writing craft is like an iceberg. Only a small tip of it sticks up above the water. Most of it is hidden below the surface.

You only need to know a small amount, the little bit above the water, in order to write a novel. Once you have mastered that, then you can spend the rest of your writing life exploring those hidden depths in subsequent books.

There’s always more to learn and discover about the craft of writing, but if you try and understand everything before you’ve even written your first book, you will end up confused and overwhelmed!

This course cuts through the noise and gives you what you NEED to know in order to get that first book written!

How will this course help you?

This course is for you if:

  • You dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start.
  • You have started writing, but you’re stuck and frustrated with progress.
  • You’re overwhelmed with all the various writing books and just want a step-by-step path to follow.
  • You have a first draft but it’s not great and you want to make it better before submitting it to agents, or publishing it yourself.
  • You have a published novel out already but it’s not selling and you want to revisit the basics.

This course is also focused on story before language, and satisfying readers rather than critics. If you want to write poetry or prize-winning literary fiction, then it’s likely not for you. But if you want to write a novel that readers love and that could earn you an income, read on.

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How to Write a Novel: From Idea to Finished Manuscript

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.

From the Desk of: Joanna Penn

I’ve written 12 novels as J.F.Penn, hitting the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestseller lists. I’ve sold over half a million books in 74 countries and 5 languages… but I started out just like you.

I always dreamed of writing a novel but I thought I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t know anything about how stories worked, and I didn’t even have any ideas. Years of working in the corporate world had buried my creative side and I didn’t know how to find it again. Self-doubt and lack of confidence made me feel that writing a novel was an impossible dream.

I had no clue where to start and I worked a stressful, full-time job, so I had no time or the self-discipline to write. I was also afraid that writing would be a waste of time and even if I did finish a novel, it would be a failure.

But after years of putting it off, I finally started writing my first novel, Stone of Fire, in November 2009. In April 2011, that first novel came out and I caught the writing bug! I’ve kept on writing since then, eventually leaving my soul-sucking day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur.

It is possible to write your novel and change your life. I know because I’ve been through the journey and in my new course, How to Write a Novel: From Idea to Finished Manuscript, I share how you can do it too.

According to the Association of American Publishers, 82% of people want to write a book, but only a tiny fraction of them go on to actually write one.

Does this describe you?

Are you ready to be one of the successful few and finally write your own novel?

I’m ready, Joanna. Sign Me Up Now!

What's in the Course?

In How to Write a Novel: From Idea to Finished Manuscript you’ll discover:

  • How to master the basic principles of story structure and genre.
  • The mindset you’ll need to master in order to make it to the end of your novel.
  • How to find and gather ideas for your story and do the research it takes to make your book come alive.
  • The essentials of novel writing, including character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, theme and more.
  • How to write that all important first draft.
  • The secrets of editing your work, and how to find and work with a professional editor.
  • A private Facebook Group for Course Members where you can ask questions and network with other like-minded authors.
  • Plus bonus Q&A videos with Joanna answering any questions you have while going through the course.
  • And much, much more!
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What do my students say about the course?

Is it your dream to write a novel?
Are you unclear on the process?
Are you suffering from self-doubt about whether your writing is good enough?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then I’d like to tell you about a new course I’m offering that can help you.

My Story

“This is what I've needed my whole life.”
Nick May

“This course is exactly what I was looking for. I now feel well on my way to writing and completing my first draft. It has been a real breakthrough for me.”
Leigh Anderson

“Joanna's inspiring and logical method of teaching gave me the confidence to begin my own novel. I can't speak highly enough of this course.”

Are you ready to (finally) write your novel?

This course contains everything I’ve learned about how to write a novel that readers love, all wrapped up in a step-by-step guide that will help you shortcut the journey, save time and avoid the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

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When you enroll in the course, you’ll also get special access to eight interviews I conducted with successful authors. You’ll discover how to:

  • Banish writer’s block for good!
  • Create memorable characters that will hook your readers for life
  • Dictate your book
  • Polish your novel to perfection with advanced editing tips
  • And much more!

If you would like to join me, there is zero risk and a 30-day money back guarantee.

I want to make sure that the How to Write a Novel course is right for you. So if you sign up, you have 30 days to test drive it and if it's not the right fit, just email me and I'll give you a full refund. No questions asked!

The bonus interviews are yours to keep, just for trying the course.

Two Easy Payment Options

To make the course more affordable for everyone, there are two payment options. You can pay in full upfront for US$297 or you can pay in 6 monthly instalments of US$50. Just scroll down and Enroll now.

As soon as you join, you will have lifetime access to the course materials, including everything added in the future.

If you have any questions about the course, please email: support@TheCreativePenn.com

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you enroll. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. There are 12+ hours of material as part of the course, but you can space that over several weeks/months or binge it in one weekend if that's your thing!

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You can also download the materials to your own computer so you can keep them offline.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

It’s so important to me that this course provides value for you, so if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, just contact me in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund. Just email: support@TheCreativePenn.com

Is the course useful for people writing in other genres?

I write thrillers, crime and dark fantasy, but the course is useful if you’re writing any genre, because the principles of story are the same, no matter what you’re writing.

What if I write poetry or literary fiction that is not aimed at commercial success?

This course focuses on helping you write stories that readers love. It doesn’t focus on beautiful language, so if that is your primary focus, I’d suggest looking at more literary focused courses. If you understand that literary fiction is a genre like any other, then you may still find the course useful.

How does this fit with your other courses: Self-Publishing Success and Creative Freedom?

This course is about how to write a novel and although there is one video on your publishing options, it doesn’t go into publishing in detail. There are also no specifics on book marketing or making a living with your writing, all of which is covered in the other courses.

The courses are designed as a journey, so you can progress into Self-Publishing Success if you want to pursue that after finishing your novel, or if you want to take it even further, Creative Freedom contains everything you need to know to run a business as an author and how to make a living with your writing.

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Remember, I was just like you. I wanted to write a novel, but I had no idea how to get started. Now I have several novels and nonfiction books under my belt, and I’ve created a thriving six figure business. This course contains all the tips and tricks that helped me write my first novel, and I want to share those success secrets with you. Join me, won’t you?


Joanna Penn

P.S. I’m so confident that this course will help you break through your roadblocks and finally write that novel that I’m offering it to you with a 30-day money back guarantee. If at any time during the first 30 days you don’t feel like this course is for you, just let me know and I’ll give you a complete refund, no questions asked! The bonus insider interviews are yours to keep. What have you got to lose? Enroll today.

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