Novel Navigation Session

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Novel Navigation Session

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Re-orienting & guided problem solving
for writers stuck in narrative wilderness.

To write a novel is, always, to traverse unknown lands.

I've been stuck in my share of narrative ditches, been caught after dark without shelter or campfire. I've trekked over subplots in circles, before finding my way out.

It's why nothing makes me happier than using what I know of the trail to help you find a path through the woods of your novel.

If you've come up against an impassable thicket of a story problem, sometimes the difference between flailing for weeks and getting through it in an hour is a new set of eyes on your map and compass.

To have someone else show you where you've gone off your trail.

In a Novel Navigation Session through Skype, I won't tell you where you should go, I'll help you fight through the trees and get where you want to go.

  • Together we'll explore the problem and come up with a number of possible solutions.

  • Within three days of the session, I'll send you a PDF write up of our session, including brainstorming prompts for you to take away and work with.

  • And because I want to be sure that you get where you're going, I'll send you an accountability followup email one week after the session to check how you're getting on.

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What folks are saying

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Mikaela Withers

Writer and academic writing consultant working on her first novel The Forest in Winter

"My sessions with Rachael have been so inspiring and instructive.

I've struggled with finding a way to manage an idea that always seems a bit fuzzy at the edges, and Rachael's ability to structure the sessions and set clear achievable goals has made so many parts of my novel become much more concrete. 

Perhaps best of all, I'm consistently amazed that our sessions stay with me for weeks, even months afterwards. I find myself making discoveries and coming to new understandings about various aspects of my work because of something we discussed weeks earlier. 

I can honestly say that with Rachael's help, I am beginning to realize that this project is going to be more than just an idea, and that I am, in fact, writing a novel."

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Sim Bajwa

Writer and bookseller published in Nasty Women and working on a novel about magic, sex workers and revolution.

"Brainstorming together with Rachael was collaborative, fun and broke my problem down into manageable chunks.

She was really approachable and took the time to go through everything in detail. Rachael knows that one size doesn't fit all and had a tailored approach to my specific problem - it felt like she was just as invested as I am in the story."

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Tatiana Mejia

Writer and social worker working on her first novel about magically forged paintings.

"I was worried I was too early in the writing stages to book a session and that I had too many questions, I didn't know how to narrow down what to work on and Rachael helped me with that immensely.

I'm so new to writing it can feel like I'm floundering, but having someone to talk it through with was so much more helpful than me just fighting with my brain. 

I was nervous, but Rachael was so easy to talk to, patient and able to follow my jumpy brain. She was prepared in ways I didn't expect or wouldn't have thought of!"


Who are the sessions for?

  • If you're writing a story, and you need help, it's for you!

  • It doesn't matter where you are in the writing process

  • You don't have to have a finished draft or even a finished outline

  • You don't have to call yourself a writer

  • Sessions are designed to help you get past a sticking point at any stage in the writing process

  • It doesn't matter what kind of story or what genre you're writing

Problems a Novel Navigation Session could help with:

  • Can't figure out a particular scene or plot point

  • A general plotting problem

  • Can't figure out Plot Embryo Quadrants

  • Can't make Plot Embryo as whole work (1h30m session recommended)

  • No Character motive or backstory

  • No Ending

  • Can't make a particular worldbuilding mechanic work

  • Character relationship dynamic doesn't work

  • Don't know theme or plot doesn't convey the theme

  • Other problems concerning the big picture or 'narrative substance' of your novel

A Novel Navigation Session IS NOT:

  • A manuscript critique or edit

  • A solution for problems with style and texture

  • A solution for problems with language, spelling and grammar

  • A beta read of your work

  • A solution for writing problems which are outside the fabric of your story (ie. time management, motivation)

What do I need to know about this 'Plot Embryo' stuff?

If by some miracle you've arrived at my site and haven't already learned what the Plot Embryo is, it's the magical plotting framework I, and many writers, use to map our a whole plot on one page.

Novel Navigation Sessions are geared to use the Plot Embryo to help you build a cohesive, satisfying plot, to triage parts which aren't working, or plug in missing elements.

My free seven-day course introduces and teaches the Plot Embryo method for plotting your novel. You absolutely don't have to do the course before booking a session, but you will get more out of it if you do.

How does it work?


Within 24hrs of purchasing you'll recieve an email from me with your booking link. Your submission will allow me to prepare a personalised session plan. The link will ask you to:

  • Fill in a short form explaining what you want help with

  • Attach your outline or plot embryo

  • Pick a time slot from my calendar which works for you.

The Session

  • We'll do the session through Skype video call, and get you moving through your story.


  • Within three days of your session, I'll send you a PDF write up of the session for you to work with going forward

  • A week after the session, I'll follow up with you to see how you've been getting on.

Which length of session should I pick?

This really depends on the scope of the problem.

  • For problems around one plot point or particular aspect of your story, a one hour session should be fine.

  • For more complex problems which may span across a whole plot, or problems getting a whole plot embryo to work, an hour and a half session is likely needed.

  • If you're unsure, grab a 15 min consultation below and I can advise which is best suited for you

Can I book more than one session?


If you have a handful of plots you're struggling with, or would like more help you can book as many sessions as you like. If you book a series of sessions, we'll come up with a structure to work on the knottiest problems and get you where you want to go with your plot.

Not sure if a session is right for you?

Book a free 15 minute consultation through Skype text-chat

Ready to book?

Within 24hrs of purchasing you'll recieve an email from me with your booking link.

The link will allow you to:

  • Fill in a short form explaining what you want help with

  • Attach your outline or plot embryo

  • Pick a time slot from my calendar which works for you.

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