Welcome to NovelEssence Writing Academy!

This is where time and the spirit of creative writing blend.

Do you think that writing a novel can take up too much of your time?

Do you think that you don't have enough moments to even think about writing your novel, let alone starting it - and you really want to?

Well, guess what?

Writing your novel really won't take up too much of your days and/or nights. -

so you can do it!


You take that time. You harness it to get your story started, to determine what it will be about, to shape it. Once that happens, the pattern of time will no longer hold you away from it. You'll then find yourself working with it, letting it work with you. It won't be against you.

Do you think you don't have the ability to write your novel? Guess what... you do!

Do you ever feel like you don't have the support and motivation to write your novel?

AND Do you feel the burning need to write your novel?

I completely understand.

That's why you'll get that support and motivation here. You'll also get that encouragement to fulfill that goal!

When you write, you'll recognize the activity as a powerful cadence beating inside of you. A Spirit that desires and needs to flow onto paper from you. It's a connection that's a part of you. It's Time. It's also Ability letting you know it's there! It's all In Harmony with you. It's the Essence of the Story and Stories you're to write.

It's all also quite difficult to silence. Trust me... I know.

Hi, I'm Tonya Rice - Author and Your Writing Coach!

I'm thrilled you're here! A little bit about me: I'm a former English teacher, library assistant, and book club moderator. I also have my MFA in Creative Writing from National University; my BA in English from Hollins College. As far as writing goes, I've been a writer since elementary school (started with poems, then short stories), I've participated in many writing workshops and events, and for as long as I can recall, I've always been the go-to person among my family and friends for writing questions and help, which I never mind one bit! I'm also the author of several short stories and a romantic suspense series. My historical novel is looking for a publisher right now. Click here for more about me.

My job here is to help you reach your writing goals, to let you know that you do have the time to write your novel - even if you don't think you do - and let you know that you can write it!

My job is to help you through it!

So, if you want/need to write that novel, you can, and I can help.

More here about how NovelEssence Writing Academy came to be.

Writing and coaching fellow writers and budding writers is my drive. As a writer and educator, I'm often the go-to writing resource for many of my friends and family, and I don't mind it one bit. It's the reason I've opened this academy - to coach as many writers as I can to create their novels by harnessing that power within to bring out the story that's meant to be written - by you.

As the great Maya Angelou once said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

Now, let's get started on your novel!