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Do you want to write a novel?

what people are saying:

"This makes so much sense to my own "messy" way of writing, but also offers concrete ways to get your thoughts onto the page."

Delilah Devlin, NYT Bestseller

“Authors will use this inspiring book with every project.” 

Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestseller

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"Buy this book. It's an amazing tool for novelists in all genres."

Chuck Sambuchino, author of Get a Literary Agent

Why Messy?

Many existing books on writing are long and complex. Some of the workbooks are daunting and require reading long passages before doing any writing, or involve completing exercises that have nothing to do with the final goal – a completed novel. Many writing books expect you to complete exercises in a separate notebook or on your computer, which only serves to distract writers from the process of learning as they go. And some writing workbooks are so detailed and intricate as to be robotic.


All of these qualities make books and workbooks like this unsuitable to writers like me—creative, impulsive, disorganized and “messy”. I have ADHD, and have abandoned more writing books (and software!) than I care to admit. The Novel Writing Workbook For Messy Writers is designed for writers like me, and is based on the extensive notes I have accumulated while writing my fourteen published books.

about the Book

There are many thousands, if not millions of aspiring novelists out there who simply don’t know where to start. Thousands more writers have attempted or even completed a novel or two but are looking for a new way of approaching their next one. Then there are successful, published novelists who are sure they’ve forgotten how to write a novel and will never be able to do it again. And finally there are published novelists who are confident they can do it again if they could just find their laptop under the chaos on their desk.


The Novel Workbook for Messy Writers is for all of the above and more. It’s a writer’s workbook that provides just enough structure to get the creative juices flowing, while leaving writers the freedom to get their words down how, when and where they want to. Lists, quotes, doodles, collage, prose, verse, song lyrics, maps and diagrams will all fit into the Workbook pages, allowing writers to create a complete and detailed blueprint for their novel, including such information as character names, setting descriptions, genre, musical inspiration, props, world-building and much more.


Including prompts and tips on each page, The Novel Workbook for Messy Writers is for novelists of all ages, at any stage in their writing career.

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G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast is the bestselling author of numerous books for children and teens. She studied writing at the University of New South Wales in Australia, at San Francisco State University and the University of British Columbia. After years of working in the music industry, in social welfare, and the film industry, Gabrielle began writing books when she became a mother, so she could work from home. Her books have received nominations for the White Pine Award, the Canadian Library Association Award, the Vancouver Book Prize and several other honors. She won the BC Book Prize for her YA sci-fi Zero Repeat Forever and the Westchester Award for her YA novel in verse Audacious. Born in the UK and both an Australian and New Zealand citizen, Gabrielle now lives in East Vancouver in a permanent state of  “under-construction”.

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