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How to start writing a novel if stuck: 8 steps

If you feel you don’t know how to start writing a novel, you don’t need a ‘how to write a novel for dummies’ book. There are several reasons why you could feel too unprepared to begin: Uncertainty about the merits of your story idea, lack of research and other preparation, or simply being new to novel-writing […]

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How to write a first novel - Now Novel explains do's and don'ts

How to write a first novel: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

A common question we receive regards how to write a first novel. Whether you are writing your first novel or your fifth, writing a novel requires focus, planning, motivation and discipline. Here are 10 do’s and don’ts for writing your first book: When you write your first novel, do: Plan and structure your book and your […]

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Why is setting important? Now Novel answers the question

Why is setting important? Mastering writing time and place

Why is setting important? Because setting is the stage for your story and immerses readers in your fictional world. In a novel, setting refers to the place and time (or multiple places and times) in which the story unfolds. Read on to find out more about how to create setting in your novel: Why is […]

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How to become a novelist: 10 top authors’ tips

  Esteemed authors often share helpful guidance on how to become a novelist, whether directly or through descriptions of their own writing processes. Published authors know the kind of discipline,  imagination and planning becoming a writer requires. The ten helpful quotes by bestselling authors below describe some of the most important steps to becoming a writer. When you’re […]

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Plot vs character - Now Novel shares the pros of plot driven vs character driven novels

Plot vs character: What drives a great novel?

Choosing whether your novel will be plot driven or character driven is an important part of writing a novel. Plot vs character isn’t a simple choice, as each emphasis has its own benefits (and disadvantages if it is emphasized far more than the other). Read the pros and cons of each story type, followed by […]

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How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

  There is no single ‘right’ approach to how to start a story in first person. That being said, there are several ways to start a story using first person point of view and hook readers from the start. Here are 8 pointers for beginning a book in first person: 1: Perfect your character introductions: Make the […]

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140 characters contest: Who won (and what do they teach us)?

We’ve had a great time running our ‘140 characters’ contest. The diversity of your entries made our task challenging. Find out the finalists and grand prize winner below, as well as our thoughts on what made these characters compelling and what we can learn from them. At the bottom of the post you can see a […]

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How to be inspired to write - 10 ideas

How to be inspired to write every day: 10 ideas

Writer’s block might visit sometimes, but you can learn how to be inspired to write every day. Feeling ‘uninspired’ can mean many things: That you aren’t giving yourself enough breaks, that you’re being perfectionist and holding yourself to impossible standards, or it can mean that you genuinely are fresh out of ideas. Try these 10 […]

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Character development: 9 tips for convincing arcs

Character development is crucial in stories exploring how people relate to each other and their environments. If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel can feel flat; two-dimensional. Developing your characters creates variety and makes characters vivid. Here are 9 steps to creating satisfying character arcs: 1: Summarise your character’s core goals […]

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Character motivations - how to write about characters' drives better

Character motivations: 7 tips for writing better portraits

Since our ‘140 characters’ writing contest is open for entry still (entries close May 2nd, 2016, at midnight), today’s post focuses on writing believable characters. Believable character motivations are at the heart of many great works of fiction. Whether the protagonist is spiraling into a life of addiction or embarking on a noble quest, past experiences and […]

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