The Man Booker longlisted and Betty TrasK Prizewinning author, Louise Dean, known for her ‘dark and fearless’ novels has developed an online novelists’ ‘apprenticeship’ at www.kritikme.com.
Launched in April, Kritikme is taking off, particularly it seems amongst professional women. Louise has 62 writers at work on their novels with Kritikme included film critics, journalists and magazine writers and working mums. Louise describes Kritikme as the novel writing plan for busy people.
Some of her writers are published and writing second novels with Kritikme (one is a Sunday Times bestseller writer) and some are aspiring novelists with no experience but a yen to get a novel done. The plan requires an hour a day writing time and fifteen mins to enjoy the materials which could be viewed or read on the daily commute via your trusty handheld device. The nicely designed online digital platform offers daily coaching and support for writers to finish their first drafts in ninety days
Louise decided to write her fifth novel ‘live’ to show how it’s done, warts and all. Along with the daily guidance, Louise offers individual one to one support via online coaching. The coaching is down to earth, humourous, fun and effective and Louise has some form as a former Arvon tutor.
Kritikme has been recommended by Mslexia, and featured in The Bookseller.
It’s a pretty platform, a democratic principle, and a revolutionary idea – you can learn to write – and a vibrant community. There are 14 customer reviews on our Facebook page, all of which are five star and one of her Kritikme writers describes the Novel in 90 Plan as ‘utterly thrilling’.
It’s good to see women juggling jobs, families and writing books with good humour, supported by an author at work, also with a day job (in the construction industry) and three teenage children. According to Louise, who was writing full time but says she became too ‘grumpy’ writing solo , the writing’s better for less time at the desk, counterintuitively, once you sort your routine. Kritikme gives sold hand-holding and guidance to get things straight from the start following up with carefully timed daily interventions, stretching your ambitions and technique, ensuring writers slam that manuscript down on the desk in 90 days. If you’d like to get your novel done by the end of the year, there’s still time!