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How to write fantasy series - Now Novel

How to write fantasy series: Do’s and Don’ts

Fantasy series such as George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series still win over new generations of fans. How can you also write a successful series, avoiding clichés of the genre? Here’s how to write fantasy series, the ‘do’s’ and the ‘don’ts’: (more…)

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How to describe eyes in a story - 7 tips from Now Novel

How to describe eyes in a story: 7 simple tips

Learning how to describe eyes in a story without resorting to cliché helps set your writing apart from amateurish fiction. Many beginning authors over-rely on eye descriptions and eye colour to create an impression of their characters. Here are 7 tips for talking about your characters’ eyes creatively: 1. Avoid fixating on eye colour. 2. Make […]

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What is pacing in writing? Mastering pace

What is pacing in writing? 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 suspense thriller shouldn’t move at a crawl, just as an adventure novel […]

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Elements of setting - how to create a vivid fictional world

Elements of setting: How to create a vivid world

The elements of setting – time, place, mood, social and cultural context – are what help to make a novel feel real and alive.  If your setting is fully realized, then your story will be as well, and the overall effect will be a more immersive novel. Read more about using the key components of […]

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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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30 top book writing tips from the best blogs

Quotes on writing are a mixed bag. But the top book writing tips from the best writing blogs are actionable and practical. Here are 30 great pieces of advice from around the blogosphere: 5 tips on writing a helpful book outline 1. When writing a book outline, you have the opportunity to make each scene of your novel […]

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Writer software: 6 great tools for writing a book

Writer software has evolved over the years. Now you can organize your writing process, format your book and perform research easier than ever. The best writing software: Speeds up your writing process Makes it easier to collaborate with editors, writing coaches and first readers Helps you turn out a polished, publishing-ready manuscript Here are 6 of […]

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Describing characters: 5 tips for describing fictional characters

Describing characters: How to describe faces imaginatively

Describing characters imaginatively is an essential skill when writing fiction. It helps readers to invest in your characters’ storylines and experiences if they feel real. Read on for five tips for describing characters’ faces: Describing characters: 5 tips for drawing faces with words Ready to write great characters? Here’s how to make sure each character feels real […]

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Novel structure - how to structure your novel satisfyingly

Novel structure: How to give satisfying shape to your story

Views on novel structure differ in people’s opinions of what is ‘good’ structure versus what is ‘bad’. Some writers champion using three act structure. Others prefer not to follow a template of any kind. Here are some tips for creating a satisfying structure for your book: 1. Make the structure of your book suit your […]

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