Archive | Plotting

How to perfect your storytelling arc

How to perfect your storytelling arc: 5 tips

How do you write a great novel that has a satisfying storytelling arc? The dramatic arc of a novel – the way story events create rising and falling action – needs to be strong. Read 5 tips for making your novel’s arc effective: (more…)

Continue Reading
Novel plot mistakes

Novel plot mistakes: 7 don’ts for how to plot a novel

In an otherwise well-written novel, plot weaknesses can derail the story and leave readers feeling unfulfilled and frustrated. Plot holes, unexplained departures from the established rules of your fictional world and other quirks can ruin a promising book. Here are 7 (more…)

Continue Reading
Novel plot structure tips

Novel plot structure: 5 tips for creating intrigue

In a novel, plot structure can be organised in many different ways. If you structure your plot well, you’ll keep readers interested and focused. Here are 5 devices to create interesting story structure: 1: Begin in medias res Many novels suffer from long-winded exposition. (more…)

Continue Reading
Plot vs character - Now Novel shares the pros of plot driven vs character driven novels

Plot vs character: What drives a great novel?

Choosing whether your novel will be plot driven or character driven is an important part of writing a novel. Plot vs character isn’t a simple choice, as each emphasis has its own benefits (and disadvantages if it is emphasized far more than the other). Read the pros and cons of each story type, followed by […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
How to write a book trilogy - 5 steps

How to write a book trilogy: 5 crucial steps

Want to learn how tow write a triad of books that keeps readers with you to the end? Here are 5 key steps for how to write a book trilogy: Step 1: Examine successful trilogies’ structures and learn what works. Step 2: Plan a thread that builds through all three books. Step 3: Treat the middle book […]

Continue Reading
Can I write a book?

‘Can I write a book?’ Yes: 7 resolutions that will help

The start of a new year is a great time to set goals and start writing in earnest. Maybe last year you were uncertain. Maybe you found yourself asking, ‘Can I write a book? What if my story idea sucks?’ The truth is you can resolve to write anytime and put in place the foundations that […]

Continue Reading
Get plot right - lessons from bestsellers

Get plot right: Lessons from 7 bestsellers

Wouldn’t it be great to write a bestseller? If you want to build a large readership it’s crucial to get plot right. If you look over bestseller lists, you might think that the secret to writing a best-selling novel is to have written one before. It’s true that lists such as the New York Times‘ […]

Continue Reading
The 6 major narrator types - infographic

Types of narration infographic – 6 narrative POVs

Types of narration and POV play a crucial role in your story’s overall dramatic effect. The narrator is the character whose point of view frames the entire story. Our post on the elements of the unreliable narrator detailed one type, but there are numerous narrator types (such as the first person narrator who uses ‘I’). Here is […]

Continue Reading

Pin It on Pinterest

Want to start and finish your novel?

Receive all our latest how to's, resources and top tips for writers first.

You have Successfully Subscribed!