Ready to Finish Your Novel
this year without getting stuck doing rewrites?

Tell your friends and family: yes, the book is finished!

I Loved to Write, but I couldn't finish my book!

If you are a writer, you probably know how frustrating it is to not be able to complete your book.

Maybe your project has stalled halfway through, and you aren't sure how to deliver a great ending.

Perhaps you have completed a draft but don't know how to revise it.

It's unpleasant to hear your friends ask if they can read your book. 

You start to hate them and their ridiculous questions.

The truth is, it's hard to finish a novel, and there are a lot of reasons why you might not have gotten there yet.

The FOUR Biggest Reasons That Writers Get Stuck

  • One of the most common issues is a problem of plotting and structure. You (or your beta-readers) sense that something in the story is not quite working, that the story doesn't feel quite like a story. 
  • Or it can be the result of overwhelm and fatigue: you're so busy with your real life that it's hard to make your book a priority.
  • Alternatively, for many writers, especially those who have not yet completed a draft, the real problem can be perfectionism: you find yourself endlessly editing and rewriting.
  • Additionally, for writers in the revision process: you may be struggling to re-see and re-shape the project. You may be struggling to work out what to remove, and what to expand.

This is Very hard work to do alone

Writing and re-writing a novel is slow work, and some aspects of the craft are not easy to figure out through trial and error.

Plus you have all the urgent responsibilities in your real life calling to you, sapping your focus and enthusiasm.

I Was Stuck For So Long

Finishing a book is hard.

I know because I struggled for a long time to figure out what I was supposed to be doing.

I did an MFA in creative writing, and I took classes with great teachers. 

I brought chapters of two novels to multiple workshops, and while I got good advice, I kept thinking there had to be a better way to learn the craft.

Of course, I read lots of how-to-write books. I devoured guides to plotting and structure.

I discovered that "x" was supposed to happen on page twenty of my book, and "y" on page fifty.

And yet I still feel unsure how to begin. And this was really embarrassing!

What, I asked, had all my reading been for?

Because -- even if you know that "x" should happen on page twenty -- what should go on page one? What about page two?

And how was I supposed to introduce my dozen characters in order to get to "x" on page twenty?

Worst of all, what happened if I wrote out "x," and it just seemed kind of boring?

Often we writers give up because we feel like we are doing it wrong, and we don't know how to do it right.

When I talk to writers, and I ask them what their biggest obstacle is, the most common response (by far) is losing confidence.

Too many writers just start to feel like they are lost, sliding off track, and that the story isn't coming together.

Here's what I finally figured out: most writers (including me) were making things too complicated for themselves.

This was hard for me to accept: I thought I was telling a readable and straightforward story! 

I had to go through a slow, painful process of finding the heart of my story, the core of the drafts I had created. Then I had to turn that part, the best part, into my next version of the novel. 

This wasn't easy.

Here's the Good News

If you haven't finished your book yet, the good news is this: you're completely normal!

It's completely normal to find it hard to complete a great story.

For most writers, the stuff we find instinctive, the stuff we are talented at, is all in the early part of the writing process.

We are good at getting inspired. We are good at inventing characters and situations. 

We are really good at getting passionate about the world we've invented. Plus we like doing research about our setting.

But very few people are naturally talented at revision. Plotting skill is rarely a natural gift.

Above all, it's not natural (at least for most of us) to be able to sift through our vague and unsettled vision of our own story, and spot the overly-complex plot-threads, or the unnecessary secondary characters, or the heavy clumps of backstory that we assume are essential.

It's Normal to Be Talented And Still Feel Stuck!

You just need a step-by-step, straightforward process to:

Uncover the true heart of your story.

Turn that core of inspiration into a great plot.


Remove all the extra complications that are slowing you down.

Imagine Your Best Friend is in Love

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    They have a great idea: cook dinner for their love interest. 
    The problem is, however, that they want to serve fifteen dishes.
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    They are trying to do too much at once.
    You come over and discover that this friend is trying to cook six Italian recipes, two Indian curries, four pizzas... And because they have no time to focus on any one dish, nothing looks quite right. Or actually tasty. The spaghetti sauce is just a couple of chopped up tomatoes. The Pad Thai is just more spaghetti with crushed peanuts thrown in.
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    Most of us writers are like this friend, sadly.
    We can finish our books. But first we need to learn how to make just one amazing meal. To put it simply: we need to create something brilliant and unique that is probably a little (or a lot) more focused and readable than our original picture.

You Don't Need to Change

My experience as a writing coach and tutor is that most writers are extremely talented. They are full of great ideas and inspirations. 

They don't need to become more serious about their craft, or to buy a new pen, or move to Tuscany (although that would probably be nice).

They just need a process for turning their original vision into a compelling, clear story.

Plus They Need Support

If you are anything like me, you are very busy

It's hard to stay focused on writing. 

And I find that it's rarely enough, if I want to help writers move forward, to simply tell them about some thoughtful writing techniques. 

I've discovered that writers thrive best when they are encouraged and supported by an enthusiastic group of fellow writers.

It's so much easier to write when you are part of a team.

To finish our books, we need to feel like writing is a priority. And there's only so much that you can achieve with "mindset" and "positive thinking."

We want to see our own love of stories reflected in the world around us. So this course brings together a supportive, curious group of people who will help you make writing a priority in your busy schedule.

There are only twenty seats available


Finish Your Book Now is a focused, small-group coaching program for writers who want to finish their novel in 2019.

This course is only for authors who have begun, but not finished, their current novel project.

You might be early in the creation of your first draft, or trying to complete your second revision, but the key point is that you must have started making notes, outlines, and, ideally, have written some initial pages.

Additionally, to get the most out of this course, you should be willing to re-imagine, at least to a small extent, your initial conception of your novel. Why?

Because this course guides you through some powerful, step-by-step techniques that will get you in a great place to finish your story. 

These techniques involve examining your existing view of your book for unnecessary repetition, info dumps, heavy backstory, off-track scenes, and extraneous plot threads. The course videos, manuals, and live discussions will quickly alerting you to moments in the story where the plot has wandered off track.

Finishing your book will become so much easier once we relocate or remove those blocking story elements, the ones that have been keeping you stuck and unable to get this book written.

It's not about "killing your darlings": it's about isolating the core story that you want to tell, and trimming back everything else.

How Does the Course Work?

Five steps to re-see your novel and build a writing routine

  • 1
    Plot creation and review: You already know your story's setting and main character. I'll teach you a straightforward plotting structure that takes the ideas you already have and turns them into an engaging, forward-moving plot. You can apply my model chapter-by-chapter to help you tell a compelling, streamlined story.
  • 2
    Plan for the finish: This unit will be particularly attractive to people in the revision process. You'll work through a sequence of questions, prompts, and exercises to reveal to you the central story in your story, and you'll make a detailed plan of what to write and how you'll get the writing actually done. 
  • 3
    Build those chapters! Do you ever wish that your friends and beta-readers LIKED your writing more? In my experience, almost every writer, even the most talented (that's you), has some gaps in their narrative toolkit that make their stories harder for the reader to process and enjoy. This unit is probably the quickest way to boost your story-crafting skills: I'll show you some techniques and practices for making it easier to create dynamic and exciting chapters and scenes. Together, as a group, we'll sketch out some of the most challenging scenes in our collective writing projects, including those big moments in your story you've maybe been putting off because you aren't sure how to deliver them.
  • 4
    Decide on a quick win. You want to feel good about your writing, and you want to have something to show for your efforts. Together, we're going to plan out a 5,000 - 15,000 word section of your book that you can plan out and then write in a concerted writing push. You'll finish this part of the course with a completed section of your story that you can show to readers and editors, a "minimum viable product" to interest people in the wider project. And you'll feel fantastic about yourself, and your work, because you will have made something good, something ready to share.
  • 5
    Write! As a group, we will finish the course WRITING. We'll encourage each other, share our word counts / page counts, and work in small "drafting teams" to keep writing foremost in our busy lives. We'll get used to hitting our writing goals and making great progress.

Our Schedule 

  • Up to January 25th: Introductions and coaching calls
  • Week One and Two: plot fixes and character check-in
  • Week Three and Four: planning out the final draft 
  • Week Five and Six: page building and scene doctoring
  • Week Seven and Eight: outlining and prepping for the "quick win"
  • Week Nine and Ten: writing the quick win, and beyond

How Will The Course Be Taught?

  • A private forum / discussion board just for our group
  • Weekly problem-solving webinars taught live
  • Office hours where you can chat with me and get fresh ideas
  • Training videos for my popular "ABC plot"
  • Interactive manuals to help you plan out your writing
  • Email prompt sequences to get you writing regularly and hone your skills

What Other Writers Say...

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"Is it weird that I think of him as my literary midwife? Because I totally do."

"Daniel respected my work and vision on a profound level but also had a keen editorial eye and a stroke of literary genius that took everything I’d written to the next level."

Tawni Waters
Author of The Long Ride Home & Beauty of the Broken

“I wish I had taken a class like this sooner."

"With Daniel's scene instruction workshop, I was able to write more quickly and competently. He created a path for writing my chapters. Using his scene maps, I understood the scene I was crafting and how it functioned within the framework of my novel. I could focus on both the narrative and character arcs simultaneously.

I wish I had taken a class like this sooner. I would've been a better novelist and my short story production would've been much larger."

John Vurro
- Short story writer and novelist
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"Daniel’s courses are chock full of useful information."

"Not all good writers are good teachers, but Daniel David Wallace (a talented, thoughtful writer himself) is a terrific instructor. If you can take a class with him, do it!"

Julia Brown
- Writer and fiction editor

The Course Is Closing Soon


You're Going to Love Your Next Draft

Join 19 other writers for a ten-week program that will turn your novel around.

The course materials and lectures will be available as soon as you register.

The group coaching program begins on Friday January 25th.

All coaching sessions will be recorded so if you are busy, you can post questions ahead of time and watch me answer them in the recording.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed


Payment Plan

Pay for the course over six months




  • Everything in the full course
  • Paid for over six months

The course + regular one-on-one strategy / coaching calls



  • The full course
  • An initial coaching call to get you started
  • Monthly 1-on-1 class
  • Individual support and problem solving from me

The System Works!

"Daniel truly has a gift."

"He’s one of the most patient and encouraging teachers I’ve had. He gives the type of feedback that energizes rather than discourages, the kind that makes you feel like you can rebuild your novel—and rebuild it stronger.

I came away from this course not only with an incredibly detailed novel plan but also the lifelong skills to talk about how and why stories work. I feel empowered to plan many more stories going forward."

Allison Saft
- YA author

"You gave me so much more than just writing advice, support, and encouragement."

"About a year ago, I enrolled in my first course with you. Back then, I was so shy and insecure. I did the prompts but I just couldn’t bring myself up to share anything. Today I realized how far I have come. How much I have changed.

You didn’t just teach me to write better sentences. You boosted my confidence and gave me the courage to call myself a writer.

PS I love both “The ABC Plot” and “The Perfect First Stage.” It fits perfectly with my way of outlining and planning. It’s subtle enough to allow for spontaneous and natural occurring changes along the way, but gets down the essential and critical parts of the plot where you need it, and especially helps you tackle the beginning in great depth."

Yuan Sigel
- Fantasy Writer
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Daniel Wallace

Creator of Finish Your Book Now

It's Great to Meet You!

Hi! I'm Daniel. I help writers of all levels plan, draft, and revise their novels. I create simple, easy-to-implement techniques that help you master the craft of fiction.

This is the benefit of being both a professional writing coach and a PhD researcher: I take complex ideas and present them in their clearest, most essential form. 

I'm a British writer living in Tennessee with three dogs, a cat, my brilliant wife, my very lively two-year-old son, and a Honda Odyssey mini-van.

Plus There is a "Double" Guarantee

I want this course to be a great writing experience for you. 

That's why I'm offering a "double" guarantee. As you've already seen, I have a no-questions-asked money back guarantee. Not happy for any reason? Just tell me within thirty days and I'll process your refund.

However, while that sort of (standard, typical) guarantee is nice, it won't help you actually write your book. And I really want you to write your book. 

So I'm offering another guarantee, on top of that one. 

Here's the second guarantee: it's for people who take the course to the end. 

If you get to the end of the ten weeks, and you've had a great time, and you've learned amazing skills, and you feel like a much happier, stronger writer, BUT still -- for whatever reason -- you feel like you didn't make quite enough progress on your actual draft as you hoped -- if you haven't written as many words as you planned, in other words -- just let me know. 

You won't need to justify it or explain what happened.

You might simply send me an email saying, "Daniel, I'm still writing." 

Then, when the course has wrapped up, I will offer you extra coaching and another two weeks of writing guidance (for free). In other words, that's the extra guarantee: if you enjoyed the course, but wish you had a little more time, I will happily give you that time. And offer advice and support.

Now, I don't think you will need this guarantee. I think we are all going to write a huge amount on this course. Still, I want this to be the best writing experience you've ever had. That's why I'm double guaranteeing it!

But Daniel, Wouldn't It Be Better to Just Keep Writing on my Own?

Last time I ran Finish Your Book Now, a few writers told me that they liked the look of my course, and they strongly suspected I could help them, but they felt guilty about signing up.

They worried that a "real writer" would just keep typing and scribbling away in their attic, working alone until the book was done. 

Because of this legend, these writers feel uncomfortable joining a course. 

If you are wondering about this too, I would say two things. 

Firstly, the history of famous authors shows that a great many of them actively sought out advice and feedback. In Paris, Hemingway exchanged drafts, we are told, with James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The great short story writer Montpassant studied with Flaubert for years before publishing his first tale. It's just not true that most writers, in the early stage of their careers, tried to live in isolation, without aid or outside influence. 

Secondly: how much time do you have?

Maybe you will figure it all out. But how much is your time worth to you? How much would you pay to get to your writing goal one year earlier? How much is that year worth to you?

Advantages vs Disadvantages

Should you just try to keep writing on your own?

Potential Benefits of going it alone

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    You Get to say haughty things about "real writers."
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    You become a little more lonely and weird. Some people are into that.
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    You could spend the registration fee on new pens and other cool things.

Potential Costs of Going It Alone

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    You Don't Make Progress and Feel Terrible
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    You Start to Hate Your Novel Project
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    You Lose Friends When They Ask, Yet Again, When the Book is Coming
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    you End up Paying an editor a Thousand dollars to get a Pile of confusing notes and suggestions
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    You give up writing in despair, Move to alaska, and become a professional bounty hunter

What does the registration fee include?

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    Email sequences to get you writing
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    Interactive planning manuals
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    ​Video training sessions
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    Key lessons downloadable as audio files
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    Weekly group coaching
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    ​Office hours for instant help

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed


100% Satisfaction Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't like the course, just let us know within 30 days, and we'll send you a prompt refund.



Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course begin?

Got a question for me? I'll answer.

Why ten weeks? Nanowrimo only takes one month!

How much time will I need to do this course?

​Do I need to be a good, amazing, brilliant writer?

What if I want to keep this going after ten weeks?

P.S.: I only lead this particular course twice a year. So if it is interesting, sign up now, because after the deadline passes, I don't know when I will run it again.

The course closes for new registrations on January 25th at 8pm, US East Coast time.

Copyright - Daniel David Wallace