Stuck on your novel, book, or long writing project?
Please believe me when I tell you: It’s not your fault.
Writers, for much too long, have been burdened with false narratives of what “doing the work” looks like. Some of my favorite writing teachers have made careers out of telling writers to show up, not ask questions, do the work, and keep doing the work regardless of whether it’s any good.
That’s the model of art right now.
There’s a lot in this advice that has immense value—such as the benefits of hard work and commitment—but the suffering that is inherent in these narratives is needless and damaging.
There is a shorter, happier path to writing success, but if you’re convinced that suffering is what leads to great art and that if you don’t suffer, you won’t get the emotional growth that you’re really after, you’re not going to find it.
Years in this industry are a measurement of growth by suffering.
If I’ve only suffered through my drafts for one year, then my novel won’t be as good as if it took me thirteen years to write.
If it took a writer thirteen years to write a novel, then it must be good, we think, and we’re surprised when it’s not.
Or when someone says they finished their novel in six weeks, we think it must be lacking in depth, analysis or passion because they’re just “hacks” or “pounding out the words” or “cranking out books.”
Perhaps you've been struggling to write even 1,000 words a day.
5,000, let alone 5,000 every day, seems preposterous.
I sound like a loony.
It’s not your fault.
This is what we've been taught to believe. It’s Writer Mythology 101.
You’re told a large number of bullshit things that take you away from your creativity, your productivity, and your true voice.
It’s not your fault that you believe them.
But if you want a different way of doing this, a happier, more fun way of doing this, then it is your responsibility to change those beliefs and consider something new.
I’m here to help.
Hi, I'm Natasha Khullar Relph!
My first novel took a total of seven years to write and edit.
It embarrasses me to say that because I didn’t come to novels as a new writer. In fact, I was a widely published, extremely prolific journalist when I got the idea for the book. Even as I was writing and reporting stories for TIME magazine within the space of mere hours, I was taking weeks to finish a single chapter of the novel.
It’s taken conversations with some of the best writers, agents, and editors in the industry for me to understand why this happened.
That it’s not uncommon.
And that it’s entirely avoidable.
I wrote my second novel in seven months.
I finished my third in seven weeks.
So how did I go from working on no books six years ago to now writing #13, #14, and #15 simultaneously?
When most authors talk about fast writing, they only talk of the payoff as more books written quickly. But there is a bigger payoff to writing daily, learning to write fast, and consistently practicing your craft:
You build trust in your own ability to write.
Not just one book, but five, ten, twenty books.
That trust takes you from “I'm trying to finish my book” to “I’m a prolific author.”
You can’t write more if you’re in fear and paralysis.
You can’t write more if you’re constantly doubting yourself.
You can’t write more if every hour that you sit down to write is a BIG DEAL.
You can’t write more if you’re sitting in judgement.
You can’t write more if you’re sitting in shame.
You can’t write more if you’re unsure of what to say and how you’re going to say it.
You can’t write more if you’re worried about what will happen to those words after you’re done.
You can’t write more if writing is anxiety, writing is pain.
I know this. I’ve lived this.
It’s also why I know that the Write 5K Every Day bundle is not like any other training you’ve been through. Because I’m not just interested in productivity, I’m interested in the psychology that leads to that productivity.
And the psychology that doesn’t.
There are a few reasons why writers get stuck on one book or project for years on end.
- You believe that fast writing means bad writing.
- You lack the commitment to finishing.
- You put books and authors on a pedestal.
- You’re too attached to research.
- You’re writing about extremely personal events.
Which one is yours?
The illusion is that writers who’re productive and prolific sit down at their desks at 9 in the morning and don’t move their ass out the chair until 5 pm. I mean, that’s the only way someone can write 5,000 words a day, right?
Let's break down what it actually takes to be prolific, and how easily you can get there, too.
Do you identify as a high performer and/or achiever? Then it's important that you understand that the way goal-setting and accountability works for most people is not the way it will work for you.
In this training, you'll learn not only how to become extremely productive, but also happier as a writer and person.
I don’t know a single parent who hasn’t felt guilty about wanting to be with their kids when they’re at work or thinking about work with twitching fingers when the kids are on the swings.
I’m a happy parent and a happy writer. I love both my work and my kid, and allow them both space in my life without having them compete with each other.
In this training, I'll walk you through how to make that happen.
Production schedules help you to see, in black and white, how staying on track can get you to your goals. When you’re feeling unmotivated and discouraged, look at your production schedule and see the date on the calendar for when you’ll be finished, if you stay on track.
In this training, I'll walk you through what production schedules are, and how to create them for each of your big projects.
It will take 50 hours; which 50 hours is up to you.
Think of it this way–if you write 1000 words per hour (which is average for most writers), then this 50,000-word manuscript will take you around 50 hours to complete.
Once you have clarity on what your book is (we'll talk about this), then it’s simply a matter of spending those 50 or 80 or 100 hours writing it. How will you spread them out?
Word count is certainly not the only measure of success for a writer, and not everyone cares about writing more. However, as I increasingly write more books and tackle longer projects, I find that tracking word count helps me stay motivated and gives me a good measure of progress during the year and for each individual project.
In this training, I'll walk you through how achievable getting to a 10,000-word day can be, and how I've helped many of my students get there.
Juggling multiple projects at a time is a skill most writers have to develop over the course of their careers, especially if you intend to work full time as an author.
While your agent is looking at a manuscript, you may be writing the first draft of a second and doing podcast interviews to promote a third.
If you find yourself in a position where you're being asked to, or choosing to, write multiple books at once, here’s how to make sure the process is smooth, painless, and enjoyable.
Workbooks to go with each training: I’m a big believer in not just learning, but actually taking action. To make that easier for you, each training comes with a workbook and next steps to help you implement what you’ve learned and put it into practice right away.
Transcripts for each video. If you’d like to read while you watch or have the content available for easy reference later, we’ve made the transcripts available so you have that option.
I'm a freelance journalist, a bestselling indie author, and a creative entrepreneur from New Delhi, India. I’ve lived on four continents, written 1,000+ stories for publications in 80+ countries, and been a contributor to The New York Times, TIME, CNN, BBC, Psychology Today, ABC News, Marie Claire, Vogue, Ms., and more.
I'm a hybrid author, which means that while I'm represented by top literary agencies in New York and London for my novels and narrative nonfiction, I also indie publish books for writers and anything else that catches my fancy.
My books include Shut Up & Write: The No-Nonsense, No B.S. Guide to Getting Words on the Page and eight other bestselling books for writers. My work has also been included in The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories From the World’s Best Writers (Lonely Planet, 2016), Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas (Harvard Business Review Press, May 2013), Voices of Alcoholism (LaChance Publishing, April 2008), and Chicken Soup for the Pre-Teen Soul 2 (HCI, June 2004).
"[Natasha] is my constant motivation for being a better writer and business person at the same time. Ever since I discovered her blog and took various of her courses, there has been a shift in my mindset. She is authentic, always sharing her real struggles and successes, realistic and at the same time reaching for the sky. She is the best writer's mentor ever.”
- Rania Margari
"In my secret life, I'm at my book launch at a cafe/bookstore in New York. Three people I recognize are in the room, among them is Tasha, super excited and cheering from the back row. (No pressure Tasha, it's ok if you're just there in spirit.)
"But that's the power of Tasha's infectious energy. Me, who would never tell a soul that my dream is to be an author - can write this in a testimonial. She makes sure you know and BELIEVE that everything is possible, dreamable, achievable. And most certainly, she is cheering you on every step of the way."
- Zehra Abid
"Things were going great… and I was miserable.
"I had written millions of words… and none of them were words for my own creative projects. And the worst part was that I didn’t even feel like writing for myself anymore. The thought of crafting a blog post - let alone a novel - was just exhausting and felt pointless. I finally had to acknowledge to myself that I won’t get out of the rut on my own.
They say that when you’re ready, the right teacher will appear, and that’s how it was with Tasha. In Tasha, I saw a person who was living the life I wanted - balancing a writing business for clients with noveling. When the opportunity to work with her opened up, I didn’t hesitate.
"It’s not an exaggeration that her coaching has changed my life. In very short order - a matter of weeks, Tasha worked a miracle! She helped me break through my barriers, see my creative writing in a whole new light, and again find joy in storytelling.
"I’m now well into my new novel (12,000 words and counting) and brimming with ideas about other writing projects (that I’m actually executing on - like a newsletter about science). Writing is once more my happy place.
"Thank you, Tasha, for this new lease on my creative life!"
- Maria Granovsky
You’ll get instant access to training one, including the workbook and transcript. A new video is released every day for eight days.
Each of the training videos are between 25 min and 58 minutes long.
There is a total of 6 hours and 15 minutes of content included in this bundle.
You get 30 days of Slack support. So if you get stuck and need some help, all you have to do is message me directly through our Slack community and I will personally respond and help you out.
I’m going to take good care of you and help you not only squeeze the maximum benefit from this bundle, but make sure you're supported long after.
As part of The 5K Every Day bundle, you get an invitation and lifelong membership to my exclusive student community so you can have support from a network of peers who have been where you are.
This is big stuff and I’m here for you every step of the way.
Eight training videos created just for writers like you who know they want to do more, be more, and achieve more, but are struggling to get out of their own way in order to do it. You’ll receive information on how to write faster, gain confidence, move through obstacles, and finally, finally, make it stick. You’ll have a renewed belief in yourself and your endless capabilities.
No problem! Because this is a self-paced program that you can do in your own time, there is no deadline, no work to submit, and no pressure to get everything done right away.
You receive access to a new video every day for the next eight days. Binge, go weekly, or take it even slower. At what pace you learn is entirely up to you.
Also, you have lifetime access to these trainings, so you can come back as often as you like, as many times as you like.
My courses are much longer, usually 30-day or six-week programs that are outcome focused and take you through a clear and specific process in order to achieve a particular result. Think action steps, how-to videos that explain each individual piece of the process, and a layered approach that helps you learn and build on your successes in order to get to your goal.
My bundles are a compilation of individual trainings, and each training tackles a specific subject area or problem. The trainings are an energy infusion, a way for you to get a quick, easy win. The trainings come with workbooks to help you implement the principles, but are much shorter than courses, which is why I’m able to keep the price low.
Often people tell me they love my trainings so much that they go through them multiple times and/or play the content in the background of their lives.
You already know the answer to that, right? Unfortunately, I can't guarantee results.
I love this bundle and fully believe in the principles I teach. I know that if you take what I teach in these trainings and run with them, you will be so much farther ahead than you are now. The feedback, testimonials and success stories on this page and for all my other courses are from real live people who have worked with me and benefitted from my work. But I have no way of knowing what you’ll do with the program, which bits will land, and what parts of it you’ll completely ignore (the cheek!), so I’m afraid I can’t guarantee any results.
Yes! And any future updates, too!
Feel free to email me anytime at [email protected] and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
I created Write 5K Every Day because I’m so incredibly tired of writers holding up 1,000 words a day as this honorary gold standard by which we should all measure ourselves, when it is just as easy, if not more so, to do far more.
I created Write 5K Every Day because I get frustrated when I hear writers describing themselves as being blocked when really, all they’re lacking is clarity on what they want to say and how they’re going to say it.
I created Write 5K Every Day because too many writers, even today, even successful ones, believe writing must be done in huge blocks of time, with little to no distractions, alone.
In Write 5K Every Day, I’ll bust these long-standing myths not by teaching you why they’re wrong, but by showing you a better way.
If you’re ready, Write 5K Every Day is open and waiting for you.
I’m going to show you how to be happier, more productive, more creative, and therefore, more successful.
But you have to believe that it’s possible in the first place.
And once you do, your writing life will never be the same again.
I should know. I took seven years to write a novel once. And I can’t imagine going through that hell ever again.
Write 5K Every Day is an 8-video bundle that will give you the mindset, the strategy, and the kick up the ass you need to start writing, and writing fast.
These trainings will walk you through some of the common struggles of time, focus, and limited attention, and show you that none of those things need to get in your way.
Starting with 10 minutes a day, I’ll show you how to work your way up so that you can write 5k (or more) in as little as two to three hours a day.
I believe in finding flow and ease and joy in the work that we do.
I believe in a heart-centered way of doing business; helping people whilst honoring the creative force that comes through you.
I believe in dreaming big dreams and taking small steps consistently to bring them to fruition.
I believe in writing things that change the way people think, the way they see the world, and themselves.
I believe in using the power that having a voice affords me to take a stand on the things I care about and the issues that matter.
I believe in seeing writing as a gift, not a curse.
I believe this gets to be as easy or as difficult as you choose for it to be.
I believe flow should be your default state when writing.
That’s why Write 5k Every Day is so special. The videos are intimate. The tools are solid. You get to release the struggle and embrace the flow.
I don’t just care about the words you write. I care about the emotions you feel when you write them.
If writing isn’t making you happy, then you need to fix that.
Don’t make your happiness dependent on some ambiguous target. Choose it now.
Write 5k Every Day will guide you through the process of letting go of the struggle and moving into a place where showing up for your writing is easy, fun, and something you want to do all day, every day, day after day.
"I’ve been a freelance writer for over 10 years, quietly and happily doing a job that I love. However, I began to wonder how I could ever finish the novel that haunted me or grow my presence as a freelancer. I wondered, how could I ever finish?
"That’s when I discovered [Natasha's programs], that have taught me more in two months than I discovered on my own in 10 years. Skills like, how to run a writing business; be an effective researcher; know how to pitch well; and most importantly, do it all at the same time while bringing projects to completion that earned real money."
- Alicia Filley
You can purchase Write 5K Every Day as a standalone bundle. Or, you can get it as part of Wordling Plus, our learning platform that gives you access to all our best courses, workshops, and trainings, for a fraction of the price.
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