Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and how you can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence

Are you writing a novel? Do you want to make sure you finish? Will you get lost and fizzle out? Will you spend more time reading about how to write than actually getting the words down?

Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes’ journeys. It’s great to know that – but while you’re reading about it you’re not writing your book.

And what these books don’t tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel holds your hand all the way. It’s a writing buddy – and mentor – to get you from beginning to end.

BUY from: Amazon , Kobo or Smashwords or iBookstore


In 10 easy steps Nail Your Novel will tell you:

  • how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it
  • how to do your research and how to use it
  • how to organise your time.
  • how to plot and build characters
  • when you’re going to hit problems and what to do about them
  • how to write on the days you don’t feel inspired
  • how to reread what you’ve written and polish it.

Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft – strictly when you need them. I’ve written more than a dozen novels that have made it into print – and this is how I did it.

You don’t even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says.

There’s also a companion workbook:

Praise for Nail Your Novel

From Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Art Reviews Examiner: ‘Over the years, I have become particularly leery about their authors − self-proclaimed experts who spend their time rehashing old ideas. However, Morris is different. She is an expert with an innovative mind who can teach you a new thing or two about writing.’

From Publetariat: ‘This book is a plotter’s dream (and can help pantsers too)’

From Sarah Peppel, Genesis Moments, A Writer’s Journey: ‘One chapter in and I was ready to write PAGES and PAGES.’

From Write It Sideways, favourite books on writing: ‘takes you from page one to done, breaking down the process of writing a novel into easily digested bites. It’s also filled with great activities to help you get unblocked if you get stuck.

From Webbweaver: ‘We are constantly being bombarded with questions from aspiring authors about the writing process and how to stick with it. This book answers all those questions and more.’

Available in print or on Kindle, at Smashwords and at the ibookstore


  1. #1 by TJIC on May 31, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    The first link in the post above, to Amazon, is broken.

    The correct link is

    • #2 by rozmorris on June 3, 2011 - 4:36 pm

      Thank you very much indeed! I really appreciate you taking the trouble to find the correct link!

  2. #3 by Diego on August 11, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Your book looks very interesting. During the last year I’ve read about 15-20 books about the craft of writing fiction…and I still haven’t been able to write 1000 words of my story. However, I’ve just finished a fiction writing online workshop and I think I’m ready to write my first draft. I’m sure I’m going to find many problems in the way. Seems that your book could really help to go through the whole process.

    • #4 by rozmorris on August 11, 2011 - 6:48 pm

      I do hope so, Diego – thanks and good luck!

  3. #5 by lmfaris on February 1, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    I read this post and was sold instantly – I immediately went over and bought your book from Smashwords. I’m a newbie writer whose main problem is a series of unfinished, permanent WIPS, so I think this is exactly what I need to read to help me on my writing journey. Can’t wait to get stuck in, and many thanks in advance for all your hard work!

  4. #7 by Burgess Taylor on April 6, 2014 - 3:28 am

    Just got your book off Amazon and am reading it to help me with my current WIP. So far it’s great. Thanks for getting to the heart of it. It’s like you’re talking to me specifically.

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