How to create an elevator pitch - Now Novel guide

How to create an elevator pitch: Novel pitches that sell

What is an elevator pitch? It’s a proposal that can be delivered in about 60 seconds verbally or in a single written page of text. The term is standard in marketing. A great elevator pitch novel writers can use to sell their novels should have at least the following 5 features: 1. The elevator pitch should be […]

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Different writing styles - 7 tips to master them

Mastering different writing styles: 7 tips

Different writing styles are preferred in different genres. A romcom differs stylistically from a taut thriller. These 7 tips will help you improve your own style. First, though, what is ‘writing style’ exactly? A definition of writing style Writing style, broadly speaking, refers to the way something is written, opposed to the content or meaning […]

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What makes a good story? 10 ways to improve your novel

What makes a good story? A story should satisfy readers’ questions about the five w’s – what, where, why, who and when. We’re satisfied when stories entertain, move, and inspire us to wonder. Here are 10 ways to improve your writing and write a better story: 1. Increase the dramatic potential of your story idea ‘Man has […]

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how to write a book and get it published - 10 steps

How to write a book and get it published in 10 steps

Learning how to write a book and get it published is a process of many parts, so it’s wise to be systematic. Here are 10 steps to write your own bestseller and set about finding an interested publisher: Step 1: Find a strong, bestselling story idea Choosing a strong, stand-out story idea is the first […]

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Suspense writing - how to increase tension in your writing

Suspense writing: 7 hacks to notch up tension

Suspense writing, when executed well, turns a simple story into an engrossing page-turner. Tension and pacing, narrative structure, elements of setting and character development are all important in writing suspenseful stories. Here are 7 ways to create suspense in fiction: First: What is suspense in a story? Suspense, as a literary term, means ‘a quality […]

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10 tips on how to develop a story for a great plot

How to develop a story: 10 steps to a winning plot

Learning how to develop a story so that you take readers on an unforgettable journey is key to becoming a great novelist. Here are 10 steps to ensure that the final draft of your book has a winning, memorable plot: Step 1: Study effective examples of plot development Reading is a great way to improve […]

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How to write a book series: 10 tips for writing smash hits

If you want to make the big time, learn how to write a book series. Why? Because once readers are hooked on book one and know that books two through four are on the way, you’ll have a captive, appreciative book audience. These 10 tips for writing a successful story series will help you plan […]

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Inspirational writing quotes from 15 famous authors - Now Novel

Inspirational writing quotes by 15 celebrated authors

Inspirational writing quotes by insightful, established fiction authors will help you when you’re feeling stuck. Here are 15 quotes on writing and finding ideas for books as well as finding the courage and motivation to tell your story: 1. Booker-winning author Margaret Atwood on how everyone has a story to tell: ‘[E]veryone “writes” in a way; […]

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50 creative writing prompts by Now Novel

50 creative writing prompts to enrich your craft

Creative writing prompts provide a useful way to jog inspiration and get into an inventive frame of mind. Try these creative writing exercises focused on individual elements of storytelling: Point of view, tense, dialogue, character and more. When you’re finished, post your result to your Scribble Pad on Now Novel and share for feedback from […]

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Pacing in writing - Now Novel shares tips on writing better story pacing.

What is pacing in writing? Mastering pace

What is pacing in writing? Pacing is the rate or speed at which something moves or develops. In fiction, pacing refers to how quickly (or slowly) the action of the story unfolds. Why is pacing in a story important? Because it helps to keep the reader interested and maintains a desired atmosphere and tone. A […]

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