Writing a novel? Here’s how to make sure it happens (even with a busy life)

Learn more about TimYou know what the hardest part of writing a novel is? Actually sitting down to write.

It’s tough! Life gets in the way: You have a demanding job. A family to take care of. A social life that’s starting to blossom again.

Simply put, you’re getting pulled in every direction, and sitting down to write often takes a back seat.

But here’s a way to make sure it happens: the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge.

It’s 21 days of pure 1,000-words-a-day writing bliss, starting September 1st.

Best of all, it’s free.

Each day, you’ll check in (this proves you showed up, ready to get to work), then write 1,000 words.

Then, you can post your word count so we can all see the progress you’ve made.

What does this do? It holds you accountable for showing up, creates a habit of writing every day, and of course, helps you make steady progress on your novel.

All this in just 21 days.

Can you imagine how productive you’ll feel after writing at least 21,000 words?

Whether your novel is a blank page or halfway done, you are welcome to join us. We are welcoming writers of all skill levels, from total beginners to published authors.

As we all connect through daily discussions, some will do more learning, others more teaching … but the idea is that we all help each other write better novels.

All I ask for is an hour of your time each day.

You read that right: just one hour!

Whether it’s first thing in the morning, in the middle of the night, or over lunch (is there a better way to spend a lunch break than pursuing your dream? I say there’s not), you can actually write a novel without spending all of your valuable time on it.

Since a typical chapter is between 2–3,000 words, at the end of the Challenge you’ll be about 10 chapters into your novel. That’s one heck of a good start.

You’ll also be able to start building your Fan Club (your Fan Club helps you cover the costs of self-publishing), get feedback on your chapters (and give your own input and ideas to others), and meet other writers who share your lofty goals.

Don’t let your dream fall by the wayside!

We all want to see you succeed, so grab your spot in the Challenge before it starts!

See you there,
Tim | About me

Great big writing dreams deserve … great big opportunities!

Learn more about TimGreat big dreams deserve great big opportunities … and I’ve got just the opportunity to help you write your first novel.

But … time is running out, because on September 1st, the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge blasts off!

Come write your heart out for 21 exciting days, make some new writer friends, give each other feedback, and finish out with that top-of-the-world feeling that you’ve achieved something great.

(Because you will have!)

The Launchpad Challenge starts September 1st, and no matter your skill level or experience, you’ll be a valuable part of our group. Some will be doing more learning, others more teaching, but together we can help each other write excellent novels.

The day you publish your first novel is closer than you think!

Ready to do this? Join the Launchpad Challenge here

A NEW, fun & easy way to build your author platform (and write a superb novel)

Learn more about TimI’m guessing, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, that one of your strongest desires in life is to write a novel and become a published author … and have lots of people out there enjoying your work, while you get ready to write your next hit.

For some, this goal may seem out of reach. Maybe it does for you, too.

But have you ever tried? Like really tried?

As in, pulled out all the stops and declared, “I AM going to do this, no matter what!”

Maybe you have a good idea. Or you’ve already made an outline of your story. Or you’ve even written a chapter or two.

That’s great …

But now it’s time to bring it all together.

And most importantly, to get people reading!

To help with this, I’d like to introduce:

The Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge!

This is a 21-day writing workshop …


Camp …

Think of it any way you want …

… where you’ll really start rockin’ & rollin’, finding your voice, finding your readers.

You might discover you have a knack—that you didn’t even know you had—for keeping people on the edge of their seats (or just plain entertained) with your words.

During this FREE 21-day experience, which starts September 1st, you’re going to get a taste of what being an independent author of novels is all about.

In our 21 days together, you’ll write a good chunk of your novel, polish it up to attract readers, AND we’re going to show you how to get 10 readers to follow you so you can start out with a solid author platform.

When readers follow you, it means they like what you’ve written and are excited to find out where the story is going!

This keeps you encouraged and gives you more motivation to write. After all, you gotta keep your readers happy, right?

What you’ll end up with is about 10 chapters of your novel—written and polished—10 readers, and a new confidence that you can do this. Sound good?

I call that one heck of a good start.

When you finish the Launchpad Challenge, you can stick with us and write the rest of your book.

Continue to build your author platform and attract readers and followers.

And then publish your novel, much to the delight of your eager readers.

Or …

You can do your own thing.

But either way, this is the jump start you need …

… to feel motivated …

… feel confident …

… and feel encouraged to keep going with it.

It’s all about getting started, then putting in the effort every day.

I want to see you succeed as an indie author, and here’s your chance to show the world you’re serious about it!

Sign up now and I’ll send you some warmup exercises to get you ready for September 1st!

See you there,
Tim | About me

It’s novel time! This September, your author career blasts off

People in a meeting. Photo credit: @fauxels

This September, join us in a virtual roundtable of ideas for your novel. (Photo credit: @fauxels)

Writers, it’s time.

Brew the coffee. Steep the tea.

Or pop the cork if you need something stronger!

And get ready to write a novel (in good company) when you join us in the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge.

Starting September 1st, you’ll write, write, write, and then write some more.

(… otherwise known as “days well spent” … am I right?)

But when you finish writing each day, you’ll be able to share your work with the rest of us, if you choose.

When we share our work, we all help each other come up with more ideas, polish our writing, and fine-tune our plots.

It’s like a virtual roundtable of ideas: when we put our heads together, we’re unstoppable.

All of this helps you write a much better novel!

What you’ll end up with is a novel that you know readers already enjoy, so unlike writers who prefer to go it alone, you won’t have to worry about what people will think—or if they’ll even like it—as you put in the work to finish up your first draft.

Learn more about TimRight now, we’re introducing ourselves in our discussion group and sharing writing prompts, so join us early and use the extra time to get your ideas together … and prepare to write 1,000 words a day starting September 1st!

See you there,
Tim | About me

A book signing by this time next year? Let’s make it happen!

Learn more about TimAugust 2022 will be a very special month.


Because that’s the month your friends and family will gather around for …

… your big book release party!

And it will be a huge celebration, because publishing a book is a milestone that so few ever reach.

Being the author of a book—a book that is published and out there for people to buy—is a huge leg up in life.

After all, why do you think people wait in line for an author to sign their book? It’s because it’s so rare they ever actually meet an author! And they want proof that it happened 🙂

The first step to the life you’ve imagined is to write and write and write, every single day.

You probably already knew that.

But I’ve got just the thing: the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge. It starts September 1st (hurry, get in now!), and runs for 21 days.

In that time, you’ll feel a shift within yourself.

At first you might wonder what it is.

But I’m here to tell you …

That’s what it feels like when a dream becomes reality.

The power to become a published author lies within you—and only you.

This is because …

Only you can decide that you’re perfectly capable of writing a novel, which you most certainly are.

Only you can take charge of your life and set out on the road to literary achievement.

Only you can jump on board, starting today, starting now, and become the prolific author you want to be.

You’ve dreamed about it, now do it. Take charge today by joining us in the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge.

Write your heart out. Change your life.

Yes, September is all about writing your novel. But … there’s a lot more

Learn more about TimThese days, it seems like everyone wants to write a book. Have you noticed this?

It’s admirable, quite frankly.

But the truth is, not everyone will do it. Not by a long shot.

In fact, if you were to get started now and follow through on writing your novel, you would belong to a very small, elite club of people who managed to summon the will to actually sit down and do it.

And that’s HUGE.

So, how about it?

September 1st is almost here, and it’s your perfect opportunity.

We’re getting a great big group of writers together for the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge … a 21-day writing jamboree where you’ll be challenged to write 1,000 words each day.

Just to, you know, bring a brand-new novel into the world. ‘Cause that’s just how you roll.

But that’s not all. Our online writing community, ChapterBuzz, helps you to …

Make connections with people. Build your readership. Make friends with other writers in our discussion group. Get feedback on your writing, and offer your own critiques of others’ work. Build your online presence as an author. Stand out, over time, as one of our best writers.

All this to say … September is about so much more than just writing a novel. It’s the launchpad for your writing career!

Don’t wait until September, though—you’ll want to sign up early to get started exploring our community, meeting people …

… and, of course, getting your ideas together.

We’ve got plenty of writing prompts, discussions, and inspiration from famous authors to help you do it.

That way, you can hit the ground running on the 1st.

I’m excited to welcome you. Let’s write!

21 days of writing bliss

Learn more about TimWriting is blissful, isn’t it?

But writing 1,000 words a day for 21 days straight with a fun, motivating group of writers bursting with the same enthusiasm you have for storytelling?

Downright heavenly.

That’s what we’re doing starting September 1st in the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge. Are you in?

Bring your laptop, pen & notebook, stone tablet & chisel—whatever you prefer to write with—and join us.

It’s an event not to be missed … and it’s free!

We’ll be here with hot coffee & donuts every morning (in the comfort of our homes), cranking out chapter after chapter and getting our novels done.

And in between, we’ll find time to chat online about writing, read each other’s stories, and help each other reach the finish line.

That’s true writing bliss!

Pre-register for the Launchpad Challenge today, and hit the ground running September 1st. You’ll be glad you did … and so will we!

Happy writing,
Tim | About me

Got 1 hour in the morning? You can write a novel

Learn more about TimHere’s a fun writing equation:

One hour in the morning


A little imagination


A novel?

That’s right, an entire novel!

If you’ve ever wished you could set aside a few weeks just to focus on your writing, or hoped for an excuse to condition yourself to write every day, you are in luck.

That’s what our upcoming event, the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge, is for!

Join us and prepare to write 1,000 words a day for 21 days, meet the other writers in our Facebook discussion group, and get feedback on your work so you can write a novel that totally rocks.

At the end of the Launchpad Challenge, use the momentum you’ve built (and your daily writing habit) to finish the remaining chapters and finally be able to type “The End” on your manuscript. You now have a completed first draft!

Remember, using these simple ingredients…

1 hour a day + your imagination…

The literary world is yours to conquer! Join us today!

Let’s hear your answers: what was the last big goal you achieved?

Learn more about TimWriters, it’s time to brag a little!

Here’s today’s question:

What was the last big goal you achieved? This can be writing related, but doesn’t have to be.

I hear from many of you telling me about mountains you’ve climbed, and I couldn’t be prouder. These accomplishments range from publishing a book to completing your first draft to simply finishing a writing course to improve your skills.

Taking action to improve yourself is what life is all about!

Maybe writing has taken a back burner and you’ve been focusing on health & fitness goals. Travel or “bucket list” items. Charity work. Home improvement projects—the list goes on.

You see, whatever you’ve done to improve your life, spruce up your surroundings, help the people around you, or fulfill lifelong dreams, it all helps to set the stage for what is perhaps the biggest dream many of us have: publishing a novel and starting a career as an author of books.

Is the next big goal you achieve writing your novel?

If you want to go for it, the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge blasts off on September 1st, and you’re invited.

There’s plenty to do, starting today, to get ready for it, so hop on board now and you’ll be able to join our private discussion about the last big goal you achieved, and even talk about upcoming goals you’re laying out for yourself.

Your input is valuable!

Don’t just dream of writing a novel, do it!

Learn more about TimMany dream of it, few follow through.

Writing a novel is a big project, but the rewards are also big.

Can you imagine living the life of a professional author, making a living from the books you publish?

Writing from anywhere, not tied down to an office?

Traveling the world on exciting adventures … all in the name of researching your next novel?

This is the dream. And no matter who you are, it’s within your reach.

That’s why I’m inviting you to blast off—starting in just a couple of weeks—toward the writing career you’ve always wanted.

Geared toward beginners, the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge is your ticket to a new life, one where your novel actually exists in the world, and you’re connecting with other writers who are gladly helping you on your journey, while building your audience.

Readership is everything!

You’re not expected to be a skilled wordsmith to take part in the Launchpad Challenge—many of our writers are beginners who are preparing to write their very first novels.

So don’t worry about whether your writing is perfect, because that will come with time.

Every big name had to start somewhere, and there’s no time like the present to begin!

And when your book hits the bestseller lists, you can turn around and give the same encouragement to the writers you know who are just starting out.

Just remember the age-old wisdom: If you can dream it, you can do it.

See you there!