Novel Navigation Session
Novel Navigation Session
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 two 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.
You can buy immediately, or book a free 15min consultation to find out if a session is right for you.
Within 24hrs of buying, I'll send you a consultation form where you'll describe your situation with your novel, and three possible slots in which to book the session.
You can book more than one session at a time if you are looking for more in depth help and guidance. If you do so we’ll figure out a structure and schedule for the block of sessions as a whole.
What folks are saying
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.
Since the session I've focused on backstory for my MC and on developing each character's Plot Embryo, rather than just having a huge one that I jammed all my characters into.
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."
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.
The session helped me get a better handle on my main character, the plot, and a clearer idea of an organization that functions as the antagonist, and their role in the story world.
She helped me identify things I need to address I wouldn't have discovered until much later (or at all). The PDF write up of the session has given me a reference point when I sit down to work and don't know where to start.
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!"
A Novel Navigation Session is guided discussion and brainstorming where we work through one story problem together.
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?
- When you buy, I'll email you a consultation form where you can explain your story problem, send me any relevant outlines or Plot Embryos and we'll book the session for a date which suits us both.
- I'll prepare materials for the session based on your story problem.
- We'll do the session through Skype video call, and get you moving through your story.
- Within two days, I'll send you a PDF write up of the session for you to reference and work with
- 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.
Get a free 15 minute consultation through Skype text-chat
If all current sessions are sold out you can enter your email here and I'll notify you when one is available.