Writing first drafts and after - Now Novel

Writing first drafts and after: 7 tips for stronger rewrites

Writing first drafts of novels is challenging and completing your manuscript is a major achievement. Even so, if you end NaNoWriMo with a manuscript in hand, or you finish a book at your own pace, this is only a first step. Read 7 tips for crafting a strong rewrite in the editing and revising process and turn […]

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How to describe a person - 7 tips

How to describe a person vividly: 7 tips

Learning how to describe a person so that the reader forms a vivid impression of your characters is essential for writing compelling stories. Read 7 tips for describing characters so they come to life: 1. Focus on details that reveal characters’ personalities and psychologies 2. Prioritize unique character features 3. Describe characters’ body language and […]

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How to end a book - 8 tips from Now Novel

How to end a book: 8 tips for a rewarding read

If you want to become a better author, learning how to end a book well is crucial. After the final page, the reader shouldn’t feel how Dorothy Parker did when she (allegedly) wrote in a review, ‘This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force’. Here are […]

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How to write backstory - 5 tips from Now Novel

How to write backstory but not bog down your book

Telling character backstory is sometimes necessary to show why your character has a specific motivation or mindset. Yet it’s important to learn how to write backstory that will not bog your novel down in constant harking back to prior events that occurred before the present time of your narrative. Read 5 tips for using backstory better: (more…)

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How to find time to write - 9 tips from Now Novel

How to find time to write: 9 tips to get words down

Many aspiring authors have to learn how to find time to write with a full-time job. Being a stay-at-home parent also involves roles and responsibilities that can make writing time scarce. Read 9 tips for making time to write despite other tasks and distractions and getting more words on the page: (more…)

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Writing the middle of a novel - 9 tips

Writing the middle of a novel: 9 tips to avoid sagging

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the path to the end. The curse of the ‘sagging middle’ can’t take hold. Here are 9 tips for writing a great middle for your story: (more…)

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Writing your first novel - 10 tips from Now Novel

Writing your first novel: 10 starter tips for success

Writing your first novel is fun but also a challenge. It helps to put in place the structure, habits and resources you need to keep going until you reach the final page. Whether you’re writing your first novel for NaNoWriMo or merely want to start a new novel on strong footing, here are 10 tips: (more…)

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