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Central idea vs theme: Developing your novel’s ideas

The central idea of a story is the seed from which the offshoots of plot, character and theme grow. It’s the core scenario that sets the action in motion. The themes of a novel are the general ideas and principles the story explores. When you examine central idea vs theme (more…)

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How to end a book - 8 tips from Now Novel

How to end a book: 8 tips for a rewarding read

If you want to become a better author, learning how to end a book well is crucial. After the final page, the reader shouldn’t feel how Dorothy Parker did when she (allegedly) wrote in a review, ‘This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force’. Here are […]

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Writing the middle of a novel - 9 tips

Writing the middle of a novel: 9 tips to avoid sagging

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the path to the end. The curse of the ‘sagging middle’ can’t take hold. Here are 9 tips for writing a great middle for your story: (more…)

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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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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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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 […]

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Book ideas: 11 inspiring sources

Do book ideas just come to you unexpectedly or do you have to work incredibly hard for them? As writers we go through phases of feeling creatively inspired and phases where every word is won painstakingly. If you feel all the best book ideas have been used already, you might be looking in the wrong places. […]

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Fantasy book writing: 7 tips for captivating high fantasy

Why is fantasy book writing popular with aspiring authors of all ages? Some possible reasons: Nostalgia for childhood make-believe The mystery and allure of magical phenomena The major commercial success of many fantasy authors (J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, to name only a few) There are many fantasy […]

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Book writing online: 10 effective tools for writers

Finishing a novel takes focus, dedication, motivation and time. Tools for book writing online make it much easier for you to plot a story, create a sustainable writing routine, draft without distraction and more. Don’t wait for NaNoWriMo to roll around again to finish your novel this year. Make headway now with the help of these 10 […]

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