How to write a romance novel advice - 9 romance writing mistakes

How to write a romance novel: Avoid romance writing mistakes

Writing romance is perennially popular, and romance novels continue to sell in great numbers. Learn how to write a romance novel and avoid cliches in your love story ideas, themes and characters. Start with these 9 romance writing tips: 1. Know the romance genre (and your own subgenre) inside out 2. Choose love story ideas […]

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Writing dialogue

Writing dialogue: 7 examples of dialogues that work

Writing dialogue in a novel requires more than knowing how to write a conversation. Good dialogue intrigues, informs, moves a story along. Read 7 dialogue examples and the insights they give us into crafting effective character conversations: Defining dialogue Written dialogue (as opposed to spoken conversation) is challenging in part because the reader does not […]

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Character description examples from famous books

Character description examples: 7 lessons from famous books

Character description examples from major authors give us useful lessons in how to write characters. Here are 7 character sketches from famous novels that show how to create physical and emotional character description: 1. Describe characters’ personalities using appearance Strong character descriptions work on multiple levels. When you describe how a character looks, think about how appearance illuminates personality. […]

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Writing tenses - tips to use tense in writing properly

Writing tenses: 5 tips to get past, present and future right

Understanding how to use writing tenses is challenging. How do you mix past, present and future tense without making the reader giddy? What is the difference between ‘simple’ and ‘perfect’ tense? Read this simple guide for answers to these questions and more: First, definitions of writing tenses In English, we have so-called ‘simple’ and ‘perfect’ […]

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How to make a good story excellent

How to make a good story excellent: 9 steps

Learning how to make a good story great requires mastering the essentials of writing craft: Plot (cause and effect), characterization, narration, description and dialogue. If you’ve written a good story but feel it could be more interesting, these 9 steps will help you transform it into a better first draft: Step 1: Make your story’s beginning […]

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How to describe places and characters

How to describe: Writing clear places and characters

Learning how to describe places and people lucidly is a vital skill for all fiction authors. Effective descriptive words show mood and character in addition to appearance. The best descriptions draw us in and keep us rapt with attention, placing us in a scene. Here are 5 tips for writing memorable places and characters: 1. Use […]

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