Novlr Release 1.17 – Writing Course

Everyone needs a bit of help with their writing, and we feel that one really good way to inspire, encourage and crucially get you writing is by doing a daily writing exercise. So, with a little (HUGE) bit of help from one of our favourite authors, we’ve added an 8-week writing course to Novlr. 

An 8-week writing course

So, we’ve partnered with author and blogger Tim Clare to give you an 8-week podcast course (He calls it Couch to 80k) that sits in Novlr and lets you do one writing exercise a day for 8 weeks. They start at just 10 minutes long and help you whet your appetite for splurging the words out. You listen to the episode in which Tim sets out an exercise, then leaves you the time to write, before coming back in. We’ve set it up like a novel for you, so you can do it each day, then switch back to carry on with your novel all inspired and ready to go.

How does it work?

It’s really straightforward (as we hope everything in Novlr is). Go into your Settings and you’ll see a new tab called Writing Course. Click it, create your course and it’ll take you to the first episode of the podcast. Here’s a video of Thomas outlining it too.

Who is Tim Clare?

He’s someone whose podcast, blog and writing have inspired and encouraged Kim and I for years. We remember first encountering him through his poetry, but then losing ourselves in his sharp, acerbic but hugely insightful blog. It’s called Death of 1000 Cuts and used to be entirely focused on providing a critique of user-submitted first pages of novels. Tim would make it hilarious, but all the while managing to provide valuable nuggets of insight and learning. He’s really smart. We like him. Here’s Tim holding a ukelele:

Spreading the Novlr Love

We get emails every day from you guys telling us what you’d like to see in Novlr, how the tool’s working out for you, what you love about it, what you’d change and what we could be doing better. Novlr wouldn’t be at the point it is now without your help and we appreciate your feedback so much. We’re always asking you all that to get in touch and give your feedback as it’s the only way we are going to improve the app. We thought we’d share an awesome email we got the other day from one of our users, April, who put a smile on our faces.


I just want to say thank you! I am a self-published author (if you could call me that), but I haven’t written much of anything in several years. And by “much of anything,” I mean anything at all. Life just got in the way, in the way a good way. Every once in awhile, I’d sit down and try to write and come up completely blank. I work best without thinking too hard. At least in the beginning. Later, as the characters take shape and their stories develop, I can sit back with a less vague idea of what will happen. But even then, I don’t truly know the end until I get there. Even so, for far too long, I couldn’t get any words to stick. Then just recently, I started with the tiniest, most vague idea ever in my head. I can’t remember whether I saw something about Novlr on Facebook or whether I Googled something, but all of the sudden, there was Novlr, and I was writing again. There are many features yet to come that will make this an even better web-based program, but as it is right now, I am impressed. I love the Versions, and I love that as long as I have the internet, I can hop back online and keep writing. Cheers to The Cloud! And on top of that, I can backup automatically to Google Drive??? Seriously amazing. I don’t have to carry around a USB and pray that whatever computer I come across next has Microsoft Word. ANYway, thank you. So much. I hope you’re around for years to come.

So, thanks April,  for spreading your love of Novlr :)