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First Draft
Novel Coaching



Write the First Draft of Your Novel in Three Months

 

with Coach Heidi Reimer





Writing makes you feel

at the centre of your purpose.



You have an idea for a novel. More than an idea: scenes mapped out, characters begging to live, the first chapter written and rewritten.

You know in your deepest place of knowing that you’re meant to write this novel. You long to bring it into being with less resistance, less struggle, less immobilized staring at the blank page.

How can something you’re meant for be so consistently daunting...even defeating?

If there were a way to tap into your creativity reliably and joyfully — without overwhelm or your inner critic thwarting you before you’ve even begun — would you finally feel ready to write the novel you long to write?





The First Draft Novel Coaching Program is a three-month coaching container that supports you to complete the first draft of your novel.

Igives you the tools and the accountability to create a quick, rough first draft in just three months — but we pursue that goal with a focus on process, not product.

You’ll learn how to step into the flow of creativity and partner reliably with creative source in a way that nourishes your spirit and fills the pages in your notebook.

The most thrilling outcome is a meaningful, fruitful relationship with the creative process, with your emerging novel, and with the mystical place it all comes from.

But the other most thrilling outcome is finishing our three months together with a completed first draft.


I had no idea how to write my first novel. It took me seven years to finish it, because I was writing without a plan. I was writing it alone: I had no guide, no structure, no container to hold my exploration.

Writing a book doesn’t have to be so confusing and difficult. You don’t have to do it without support.

I’ve been writing with Heidi Reimer for the past three years, and I’ve learned so much from her approach. She’s a brilliant writer and editor who has been honing her craft for decades. She has a deeply feminist philosophy, and knows how to optimize our natural creative cycles, so our writing feels nourishing and productive.

Working directly with Heidi, I wrote the first draft of my new novel in three months.

Heidi understands process. More importantly, she trusts it. In my moments of doubt and confusion, her calm wisdom helped me keep the faith and finish my book. She helped untangle all of my writing knots — both in my craft and my ego.

I’m so pleased to introduce her to you!

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I’m Heidi Reimer.

I’m a novelist, essayist, and writing coach.

I help stuck writers stop dreading the blank page and start writing their novels with flow and ease.



I’m Heidi Reimer.

I’m a novelist, essayist, and writing coach.

I help stuck writers stop dreading their writing sessions and start writing their novels with flow and ease.

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Iwas eight years old when I knew I was a writer. I wrote stories freely until it came time to turn the lifelong dream into a grown-up reality…and the greatest pleasure of my life became hard.

 

Over the decades that followed, I approached writing with…

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An ego-based, left-brain yang energy: trying to follow the rules and get it “right,” chastising myself when I didn’t or couldn’t deliver.

This approach was all about the end product. I frequently felt blocked; I felt like a failure; I eventually concluded I didn’t have what it took.

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An instinct-based, right-brain yin energy: following my intuition on the page, letting the words, characters, and stories surprise me.

This approach was all about process. It released me from perfectionism and self-criticism and uncovered a more natural voice. But I ended up with beautiful prose in which nothing happened and a fear of sitting down to a blank page because my work felt directionless and unfocused.

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And finally, an approach that is a balance of the two: freedom within a gentle framework.

This approach has enabled me to develop a writing practice that is generative, nurturing, and sustainable. It’s all about process…but it results in completed and viable stories, essays, and novels.

My eight-year-old self would not have believed how long it would take, but my debut novel will be published by Penguin Random House in Spring 2024, with the second slated for publication the following year and a third nearly completed.

Yearning to write, struggling to write, failing to write, learning to write, and — finally — writing (freely and with purpose and joy): this has been my life’s work.

That’s why I’m passionate about showing up for other writers, especially those who haven’t rocketed to success on the 25-under-25 lists, who’ve tried and stumbled and doubted but still know this is their purpose.

Because the hard part of writing a novel is not the craft of writing a novel.

Structure, plotting, dialogue, narrative arc, character development, tight and clear sentences: these can be studied and improved.

The hard part of writing a novel is showing up. 

It’s making your practice your priority even though you have a job, a family, an overwhelming to-do list, and plenty of cultural or internal messaging that says focusing on creativity is frivolous, transgressive, or unjustifiable.

It’s facing the blank page or the flashing cursor, sitting with the discomfort of the unknown, opening the portal to your own subconscious and to what might be buried there.

It’s showing up to this uncertainty even when you feel uninspired, unoriginal, bored, resistant, or afraid. 

This is the stuff that makes “someday” feel like a much better time than “today” to begin writing a novel. 

It’s why you might get 20,000 words in and decide this idea isn’t viable after all, or you need to do more research, or it’ll go better if you wait for your sabbatical/ three weeks alone at the cottage/ retirement/ your kids to grow up. 


It’s painful to not do what we most long to do, and it's painful to show up to what we love and experience it as suffering. 

But when you...

    • have the tools to help you put aside your logical left brain (where the ego, editor, and critic live)…

    • know how to approach the creative process so you’re flowing with it instead of against it…

    • partner with your novel and listen for what it wants to become through you…

    • are held inside the supportive container of a co-creative relationship with an experienced guide…


Writing your novel becomes not only doable but deeply pleasurable.


The First Draft Novel Coaching Program is for you if:
  • You have an idea for a novel
  • You’ve begun a novel but are stuck in the early stages
  • You long for a sustaining and sustainable writing practice but can go days, weeks, or months without showing up at the page
  • You begin novels and become bogged down in editing as you go or lose inspiration fifty pages in
  • Your last novel took ten excruciating years and you don’t want to relive that experience
  • You can’t seem to find the time to write
  • You’d rather deep-clean your bat-infested basement than face a blank page
  • You love the freedom of the blank page, but your meanderings rarely add up to viable plot
  • You want creative freedom, juicy synchronicity, ease-filled partnership with magic
  • You also want structure to keep you grounded, progressing, and on track
  • You’re willing to devote yourself to a creative practice and a set of creativity-sustaining principles, show up for your writing every day, and trust the creative process even when it’s uncomfortable
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Need support revising a novel you’ve already written?
Check out Manuscript Evaluation & Revision Coaching.

At the end of our three months together, you will have:

A writing practice that’s joyfully non-negotiable

You show up for your writing, and your writing shows up for you, and that is now a bedrock fact of who you are and how you move through your days.

A healthy relationship with your daily practice

Supportive instead of self-flagellating, nurturing instead of draining, expansive, energizing, purposeful, and productive.

New tools and practices

Learn how to get out of your own way, escape the critic on your shoulder, and step reliably into the flow of creativity.

A complete first draft of your novel

It will be rough, it will be raw, it will be juicy and full of surprises. It will definitely not be publication-ready. But it will be the basis of your novel, sparkling and real and existing in the world, ready to be turned into your second draft.

1-on-1 First Draft Novel Coaching
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Your Investment:

 

$2,100 USD on purchase
+ $2,087.50 for 2 months

($6,275 USD total)

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Julia Tausch

“Heidi has created a structured yet relaxed and vibey program for building first drafts. As I discovered the hard way, relaxed and vibey is the only way I can get anything started. But Heidi’s program also gave me deadlines which is the only way I can get anything done. A bonus feature is that she forced me to write an actual plot and let me make fun of the idea of plot every time we talked.

Hiring someone to help me write is something I would’ve been ashamed of a few years back. It would have struck me as amateurish, like I wasn’t doing it for real. These days, doing so feels like accommodating my ADHD-diagnosed brain and playing to my strengths for once. Heidi’s daily lessons are very thorough, easy to follow, there are parts involving tarot cards, and she made a very nice container for My Feelings during our one-on-one Zooms each week. This month I’m transcribing the wild and woolly first draft I wrote by hand into my computer, slowly, gently, without too much thought, just as Heidi advised during our last session.”

— Julia Tausch


“The coaching process helped me write the first draft and gave me the tools to write the next one too. It was the gentle challenge that planted a seed of curiosity in me that delighted me the most. The ability to nurture my tender self-belief while encouraging me to be more is a talent. There were times when I wondered what I thought I was doing and why I thought I could. Each time I had such a moment of doubt, the next section of the process spoke to it. It was as if it was completely natural to feel this way.

I had to get over my belief that investing this much money and time in something I loved was worth it. Spending so much on this felt luxurious, and now I realise it was essential for me to find my purpose and contentment. What a powerful investment in me.”

— Racheal Smith

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Here’s what you’re getting in the First Draft Novel Coaching Program:

A Full Novel-Writing Program

14 Modules to guide you through your process


Arobust but gentle curriculum of day-by-day guidance to take you from idea to completed draft, beautifully delivered inside your own protected online space (with the option to print weekly PDFs so you can write offline). This program provides the secure structure that supports creative freedom as you plan and write your novel, along with direction and inspiration for each day’s writing practice so you’re never facing the blank page with no idea what to fill it with. 

The core of the program is 12 weeks of exploration and writing, with Week 0 reserved for block-releasing and intention-setting, and Week 13 showing you how to untangle the magic you’ve created once the draft is done.


One-on-One Coaching

A coaching container for accountability & personalized guidance

Sometimes it feels like therapy. Sometimes it’s a vibrant brainstorming jam, a drilling-down into your character motivations or narrative drive, a collaborative bushwacking through the jungle of your messy plot as we try to find a path. This is your time, completely tailored to you, whether you need guidance on character development, permission to set boundaries around your writing practice, or support to name and shift blocks. These calls help you stay on track, stay connected to your purpose and your goal, and give you a safe place to bring questions, frustrations, and joy.

We meet on Zoom for a total of 14 sessions: your 1-hour initial Creative Remaking session before you begin work, 12 weekly calls as you work through the program, and a final bonus call to get clear on next steps once you’ve written your draft.


“Learning how to access my authentic writing self through curiosity, play and exploration has been invaluable. Because of this, I feel more confident than I ever have in how I write.”

— Sima Qadeer Goss

“Working with Heidi was a transformative experience for me and my relationship with writing. Having completed my first novel, I was working on my second but I was stuck–with all aspects of writing. I had a fairly good idea of the premise of my novel, but in tackling this project I was unable to move forward with not only how to structure my novel, but also in generating enough ideas/content to actually form a novel. Writing was feeling like a task.

Heidi taught me how to play with the act of writing, how to access my inner intuition to shape ideas and, importantly, to not treat my writing as too precious. The writing I did under Heidi’s guidance was playful, intuitive and, most significantly, authentic. Learning how to access my authentic writing self through curiosity, play and exploration has been invaluable. Because of this, I feel more confident than I ever have in how I write.

There were other coaches and programs I’d checked out that gave the tools to write a novel, but Heidi’s program is the most unique and effective that I came across. It also dovetailed with my own process. I have post concussive syndrome and my work with Heidi aligned so well with the nervous system and embodiment work I’ve had to do since my injury. I found it very comforting. I think Heidi’s program is such a wonder, such a place of learning and discovery and safety. Also, Heidi as a person is amazing–she was incredibly engaged, warm and open and offered thoughtful advice and guidance. I would recommend any writer who is wanting to learn how to be more authentic with their writing practice to take Heidi’s program.



Here’s how we write a novel in twelve weeks:

Week 0

We start by getting conscious, clear, and intentional.

Before we do anything else together in the First Draft Novel Coaching Program, I help you find clarity  on what’s been keeping you from the completed manuscript and the nourishing, productive writing practice you long for. Fears, judgments, long-ago-seeded beliefs: we invite them into the light and examine them. And once you have clarity on them, you begin to release them and install new beliefs and helpful self-talk in their place. We do this through a guided written process called Creative Remaking, which you’ll complete on your own and share with me before our first session.

From there, you’ll create a power statement to set the  course for our three months together, for your writing practice, and for the novel you’re writing.


Weeks 1 to 4

You’ll begin to explore, receive, and create your novel.

We start gently. You won’t be drafting yet but will use this time to mine the treasure trove of material that you’ll draw from when it comes time to start writing. You’ll discover, clarify, and gradually make firmer decisions about the story you want to tell, its people, structure, throughlines, and preoccupations.

In Week 1, you’ll freewrite responses to deep-mining questions that unlock your characters, what they yearn for, what happens to them, how, and why. Week 2, we use tarot cards to tap into intuition, character archetypes, and story patterns. (This part almost always turns out to be mind-blowing, even if you have no previous tarot experience or find the whole concept a bit weird!) Week 3, we play with 6 different traditional and non-traditional story structures and what aspects of them you might (or might not) want to harness to tell your story. In Week 4, you’ll start working with a hybrid story structure called the Integrated Story Model, and you’ll create a flexible working outline for your novel.

This structure is a place to hang the wildness of the imagination, a container to hold and give shape to the uncontained rawness you’re digging up.


Weeks 5 to 12

You’ll write the first draft of your novel.

You’ll have daily direction in the form of prompts, questions, inspiration, and creativity jumpstarting tricks to keep you moving forward and on track. You’re supported week by week and day by day by the 12 beats on the Integrated Story Model and your evolving outline. And you and I are meeting weekly to work through everything that comes up in the story, in your practice, and in your relationship with writing. 

The focus is on quieting your analytical mind and dropping into a space of engagement with your deeper self and the material that lives below the level of your conscious mind...but with the framework of a structure to contain it and give it an engine that will drive it forward.


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Week 13

We create a plan to help you untangle the magic of your raw draft.

This week’s bonus material focuses on ways to approach transcribing, reading, pondering, and inquiring into your wild and wonderful first draft. I give you questions you can use to help you assess and re-envision your novel, and I share tools to help you create a revision plan and a new outline. In our last call together, we’ll discuss how to create a new container as you transition out of one-on-one coaching and into the second draft of your novel. I want you to continue to feel grounded and supported long after our final session!

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Nancy-Sulaiman

“At the very beginning you said it would be one of your jobs to hold the container safe for my writing and my story. And you 100 percent did that for me. I still remember the sense of relief I felt when I first heard you say those words. It was only then that I realized I even wanted someone else to do that for me. Or that it was what I needed because I had been protecting my writer self and my writing time for so long on my own.

During my time with you, I felt the joy of surprise and discovery about my story and characters and so many moments of synchronicity. And your support during some really rough moments helped me to keep going and get to the end. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment at the end. Finishing the rough draft was my Boston Marathon or Mt. Everest climb. No one can take it away from me. I did this. I feel I know myself better.”

— Nancy Sulaiman


Jamie-Fitzpatrick

“It felt almost tailor made for me. I feel lucky to have found it when I did. [Before we began working together,] I...

  1. was overthinking first draft and determined to get it “right”

  2. was stuck polishing the opening scenes line by line.

  3. Too much of 1) and 2) had choked off any creativity I might have brought to the initial idea.

To have the full draft [now], with all its flaws and potential and weirdness and insanity, is priceless. The daily practice, with no backtracking allowed, was empowering in a way that’s hard to describe. Even on the days that went badly, it felt like another small step taken. That means everything, at the day to day level. [So does] the reminder that you can and should trust your lunatic, embarrassing, perverted imagination. It’s what got most of us into this racket in the first place. It’s about the only thing that makes writing fun. But we so often stray from that trust.”

— Jamie Fitzpatrick



 Here’s what makes it possible to write a first draft in 12 weeks:

  • You’ve brought into conscious awareness the limiting beliefs, fears, and self-doubt that have kept you from moving forward in the past; you’ve actively engaged in clearing and transforming them; and you’ve set an intention to keep you focused on what you desire.

  • You’re showing up at the page daily (with one day off for rest, renewal, and creative well-filling), and there is power in consistent, daily accumulation.

  • You’re not editing as you go. In fact, you’re not even reading what you’ve written. This is because…

  • Your inner critic/censor/editor/smart-holder-of-advanced-degrees brain is not invited to this party. Writing quickly without editing allows you to let go of ego and enter the unconscious where your material is.
  • You’re willing to write badly. You’re setting aside (temporarily) everything you know about what makes a good sentence or a good scene so you can escape the analytical thinking that keeps you rewriting the same two paragraphs and bars your access to the less explicable, more mysterious depths of story source—the place where you discover things you didn’t know you knew. Getting to that place requires trust, intuition, and letting go of control. It requires being willing to write badly. 

  • You’re not overthinking. You’re making blink-moment choices and moving forward — never backward — in your novel.

  • You have daily plot, character, and structure guidance to ensure you’re building a novel that’s not only wildly alive but also a viable story with compelling characters, real stakes, a narrative arc, and a destination.

NOTE: You’re also not receiving feedback on what you write. During the process of creation, I want you to be free of anxiety about any external expectation or assessment. This means you won’t be sending me what you write. Everything you create in this coaching program lives in the protected space between you and the page.

 


  • Novel Coaching

    Want a writing coach to help you write the first draft of your novel? If you’re ready to write a book, work one-on-one with author and novel coach Heidi Reimer. At the end of this instructive and supportive three month program, you will have new tools, practices, and the complete first draft of your book.

    Write your first draft. Set up a discovery call with Heidi.
    *

    $6,275.00

    “I was concerned whether this particular approach would get me to finish my draft - I had done so many different classes and coachings before and always ended up stuck. I struggled with writing regularly, I got stuck with my ideas and didn’t know how to overcome the sense of being in a dead end, and I kept rewriting the parts I knew worked rather than write new text. Heidi’s approach really works - the one-on-one approach makes it harder to hide than a group class does and the time spent at the beginning brainstorming makes the writing much easier.”

    Nicoletta Vogg-Wrightson
  • Novel Coaching

    Want a writing coach to help you write the first draft of your novel? If you’re ready to write a book, work one-on-one with author and novel coach Heidi Reimer. At the end of this instructive and supportive three month program, you will have new tools, practices, and the complete first draft of your book.

    Write your first draft. Set up a discovery call with Heidi.
    *

    $6,275.00

    “You showed up ... with your whole self, and I really felt like I was important, that the time was mine, and that I could create my own experience. Your “stuff” did not get in the way of my stuff. I appreciated the daily-ness of the digital encouragement and prompts. I really enjoyed myself.”

    Daphne Gordon


Questions Writers Often Ask Before Signing Up for Coaching

I have a full-time job and a four-year-old! I don’t have time to write an entire novel in three months.

The power of investing in a coach is that you’ve instantly created not just accountability but a time-limited container that says NOW is when you’re writing your novel — and you have built-in support both to help you do that and to ensure you do it. You’ve built urgency into your creative practice — which means that time, that thing you could never seem to find for writing, now rallies in this new direction. 

If you’re already severely under-resourced and over-extended, focusing this intensively on your writing might not be the right choice until you can address that depletion. But otherwise, the most important factor is that you’re ready and able to devote yourself to your creative practice and to commit to your novel.

You don’t have to set aside seven hours a day. Two hours each day, six days a week, is the ideal amount of time, but you can also do it in one hour a day if that’s what you have. We’ll create a plan together to keep you supported within the realistic parameters of your life.



I’d love to commit to this, but I’m afraid I’ll get overwhelmed, lose focus, and quit (just like I always do).

Many writers enter this program with a history of becoming bogged down and quitting partway into a novel.  I’m here to gently hold you accountable as a compassionate guide who knows the roadblocks that might come up for you and can remind you where you’re going, why you’re going there, and — most importantly — show you how to get there.

Overwhelm happens when the steps are vague and the options vast, when there’s no clear path to follow. The First Draft Novel Coaching Program is flexible enough to bend to the needs of your novel, your writing practice, your life circumstances, and your unique writer-self, but it’s also solid enough that you always know what your single next step is.

You’ll focus on that step for that day — and then the next step on the next day. And so on.

As long as you’re willing to trust the process and do the next thing, you’ll make it to the end of your draft.



Will I be writing my novel to a template? That doesn’t seem very creative.

I used to be very resistant to outlining or even to learning about story structures. Hemming myself in beforehand felt too constricting; I wanted the freedom to be surprised, to watch my characters take over, to follow my intuition wherever it led. Outlining felt like a mechanical and restrictive way to approach writing a novel, and following someone else’s formula for novel structure? That was for people who weren’t artists. 

The truth is that structure liberates the imagination. When you have at least a few parameters to work within or guidelines to follow, your mind is freed to focus on the creative and you can finally get traction. 

What I’ll guide you through is a flexible three-act structure to help you map out the beats of your story in a way that will foster narrative momentum and a growth trajectory for your characters. It also provides a framework for you to hook into day by day, so you’re not showing up at the page with that sinking feeling of “now what?” 

The story model can be interpreted loosely, but it gently lays track for a growth arc from some form of unconsciousness through a spark of awakening, opposition, commitment, illusion of success, suffering, letting go, acceptance, taking action, and opposition collision or climax...all the way to integration of a transformed self at the end. It’s not going to result in a formulaic story. You’re free to cut it all up later and weave your scenes together in a completely different order. You’re free to look at the novel framework and leave it behind before you write a word. You’re free to explore ways of pushing it in a more feminine, non-binary, non-western, cyclical, or spirallic story-telling direction, too.

But it’s there as something to push against and engage with, and that is surprisingly liberating. 



Is this for beginning novelists or for writers who’ve written novels before?

The program has been used successfully by writers who’ve never attempted a novel as well as by writers who’ve written and published novels but are looking for a more ease-filled and intuitive way to write their next book.

It’s a personalized, one-on-one process, so we’ll work exactly where you are.

Experienced novelists usually have more context for the aspects of novel structure or character development we explore, but this isn’t a requirement. 

If it’s your first novel, I’ll show you how to avoid the years of floundering, effortful misery, and abandoned manuscripts that I logged in my early attempts at writing novels.

And if you’ve written other novels and found the experience punishing, confusing, or just plain hard, approaching a new novel in a completely different way — with support and a quick, judgment-free process — may be the healing your creative spirit needs.



What exactly happens when I click that “Book A Discovery Call” button?

First, you’ll be taken to my calendar to choose a 15-minute time slot that works for you. You’ll answer a few questions about your writing and what you’re looking for. Then you’ll receive an email with a Zoom link for our call. 

The purpose of the discovery call is for me to understand who you are as a writer, for you to understand who I am as a writing coach, and for both of us to discover if we’re a good fit for close, creative work together. The coaching relationship can be intimate; it requires vulnerability, presence, a compatible sensibility. This call helps us both feel that out.

If it’s a YES for both of us, we agree to move forward with a three-month coaching relationship, and I’ll send you a booking link. You’ll receive a welcome email from me with your Creative Remaking process, and you’ll schedule yourself a solo date to get conscious and intentional about what you want to transform and create in the next three months. 

Once that’s done, you’ll book your first coaching call, the one-hour Creative Remaking Session…and we’re off on our creative adventure.




To see if this program would be a good fit for you right now,
book a 15 minute call with me.

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“[My favourite thing was] your calm, empathetic, insightful optimism. Your joy in writing as a magical endeavour. Your firm belief, one that you successfully transmitted to me, that something positive would come out of this process. And it did!”

— Sheila Burns

“My number one challenge before starting to work with Heidi was keeping a regular writing practice. The structure of a weekly meeting, together with the ‘container’ of the integrated story model, worked incredibly well for me. The first few weeks were a struggle, but then the regularity of sitting down every day at the same time created habit, and I found myself going to my desk with a sense of excitement at what I was creating and curiosity about what was coming next. I also wanted to relearn to write with pen and paper, a practice I gave up years ago. At the beginning of the course I committed to not writing on my laptop, and I didn’t. I found, as research seems to confirm, that writing by hand does indeed allow the creative juices to flow more freely. 

It was a huge goal for me at the outset to circumvent my left brain writing habits, worrying overly with the grammar and syntax of my sentences before I got my story down. I found the many exercises I did with Heidi to release me from the grip of my logical, analytical brain, largely worked. I gave up worrying about sentence structure and just tried to connect to my intuition, to my deeper creative self through memory and my subconscious. It was wonderfully liberating to feel I didn’t have to ‘make everything up’, but through asking questions and remaining open to the answers the story would grow organically. Once that pressure was lifted, when I showed up daily, I found it truly astonishing how the ideas began to flow. And when I got stuck, Heidi’s calm, empathetic presence at our weekly meetings, the focus and clarity of her questions, her insightful feedback, helped me regain momentum and keep moving forward.

The other enormously important and difficult thing I learned was to trust in my intuition. As I worked through the material I saw that the daily exercises that make up the integrated story model, the ‘container’, was indeed containing me, and giving me the resources I needed to keep going. There were days, and even an entire week close to the end, when I lost momentum, when I despaired that I wasn’t getting anything of value on the page. But Heidi’s ongoing mantra of believing in the creative process, of keeping faith with what wants to emerge, of just showing up, sustained me. I got to the end with material that I’m excited about, material that is raw but feels full of potential, which was my goal from the beginning.

Working with the tarot cards both delighted and surprised me. I found it a little unnerving at the beginning, because of preconceptions I had about what the tarot was, but I found its power to unlock creativity was huge. The archetypes and story patterns were fascinating and very helpful in developing my own characters and story.

[My favourite thing was] your calm, empathetic, insightful optimism. Your joy in writing as a magical endeavour. Your firm belief, one that you successfully transmitted to me, that something positive would come out of this process. And it did!



Here’s everything you get in the First Draft Novel Coaching Program:


  • The Creative Remaking block-releasing, intention-setting process to get clear on what’s been holding you back and what you want to release, create, and transform in your writing.


  • One Hour-Long Creative Remaking Coaching Session to delve into your history and relationship with writing, your goals, and what you want to shift and create in our three months together.


  • 13 Weekly 45-Minute Coaching Sessions to keep you on track and accountable week by week as you write your novel, so you never feel alone with your questions, doubts, plot puzzles, and wins.


  • A 14-Module Novel-Writing Program that will support you to write the first draft of your novel in three months, beautifully delivered inside your own protected online space.


  • Accountability, so you can finally stop setting word count and chapter goals that predictably fall prey to the urgencies of life.


  • A Balance Of Creative Freedom and Gentle Structure in both your writing practice and your novel-writing approach.


  • Practices to Help You Access the Subconscious, where your real material lives.


  • A Completed First Draft Of Your Novel in three months.


  • A Creatively Healthy Writing Practice and a transformed relationship with your writing.


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Questions? Email us: support@sarahselecky.com 


“The coaching experience was invaluable to me. Not only did I complete my first draft in 3 months, but I learned how to harness my strengths to create a process that I will use for the rest of my writing career.”

— Cori Powell

“I’d been seriously struggling because I couldn’t take an idea to completion. I’ve been trying to write a novel, any novel, for the better part of 4 years and could never get to the end. So there were psychological benefits to me (and my spouse who no longer thinks I’m a complete lunatic for quitting my job to NOT write a book), and confidence and all the good things that come from overcoming an obstacle to a dream that has eluded you for a long, long time.

Heidi’s plan was so fine-tuned that I would have a question or hit a wall and then literally the next day’s exercise would say “if you’re feeling like this ----” then give you the exact advice you needed to hear that day. She listened and understood my story without reading a single word and too many times to count suggested a trick or strategy to help me overcome a plot or character issue. She had a way of questioning me that helped me discover the answer and usually whatever I was struggling with would have a clear path for moving forward by the end of the call! Over time I started to believe her when she told me to trust that it would all make sense at some point and as I learned to trust Heidi and her process, I discovered I could trust myself, my instincts and creativity to write a story I was interested to tell.

So, TRUST THE PROCESS—or if you aren’t ready to do that, then trust me when I say that if you are serious about writing a novel, then Heidi will get you through the first draft, no matter what is holding you back, as long as you put in the time and remain open to the process.

I think her plan works because in addition to her own experiences as a writer, she has a natural gift with people, has clearly done her research on the creative process and has such compassion for the writer’s struggle. With her 12 week novel program, Heidi built a rope bridge and left it hanging for you before you even noticed you were about to walk off a cliff! But the key is that you still have to cross YOURSELF. It can be scary and unstable, but she walks with you every step and somewhere along the way you’ll learn the bridge will hold you, you can trust the process and you’ll be so proud when you get to the other side with a completed first draft.”



Watch this Instagram Live video with Heidi and Cori

After 4 years of struggling to take a novel idea to completion, Cori worked with me this spring to start and finish the first draft of her novel in 3 months. In this Instagram Live recording, we talk about riding the waves of creative fear and doubt, learning to trust the creative process, and what it feels like to write a fast, raw first draft with built in support.




About HEIDI

I’m a novelist, essayist, and writing coach based in Prescott, Ontario. My debut novel, The Mother Act, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House in 2024, and my short stories and essays have been featured in Chatelaine, The New Quarterly, Little Fiction, Literary Mama, and the anthologies Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers, The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood, and Outcrops: Northeastern Ontario Short Stories. I have tried to write or longed to write or resisted writing or feared writing or, finally, actually written for 36 years.

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