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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 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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Story plots: How to be original

Story plots: How to be original in 7 tips

When talking about story plots, ‘original’ is a word we often use. The word comes from the Latin originalis – ‘beginning, source or birth’. Writing a  novel can be the birth of a great career, but first you need to know what common plot clichés to avoid. You also need to be able to make […]

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Points of view - 8 tips

Points of view: 8 tips for using multiple POVs expertly

Points of view: 8 tips summarized Tip 1: Understand what ‘point of view’ means and what the different types are Tip 2: Understand how POV works within scenes and between chapters Tip 3: Use shifts in POV to make characters more complex and real Tip 4: Know your reasons for including each viewpoint character Tip […]

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The unreliable narrator: Creating surprise in your story

The unreliable narrator is a useful fiction device for creating surprise in your story and avoiding predictability. Here are some ways that unreliable narrators can be used to shape a novel’s form or to surprise and build tension in the reader: First: An unreliable narrator definition  What is an unreliable narrator? This is a narrator (usually […]

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How to write a short story and improve your writing skills

The short story has a long and rich tradition, spanning everything from the gothic to the contemporary. Learning how to write a short story will improve your writing skills, as you can apply many of the techniques you learn to writing longer forms. Short stories are not necessarily any easier to write, but telling a complete […]

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How to create tension in writing: 8 methods

Tension maintains the narrative drive in a novel. If you want to know how to create tension in writing, look no further than these 8 methods for raising tension to white-knuckle levels: 1. Keep complicating things Raising the stakes and complicating the situation for the protagonist is one of the most basic and most important […]

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