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How to plot a novel: 7 tips for success

Learning how to plot a novel means first understanding the hallmarks of great plots. Secondly, you need to be able to incorporate these elements in your own writing. Here are 7 tips for plotting your book successfully (more…)

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How to start writing a novel if stuck: 8 steps

If you feel you don’t know how to start writing a novel, you don’t need a ‘how to write a novel for dummies’ book. There are several reasons why you could feel too unprepared to begin: Uncertainty about the merits of your story idea, lack of research and other preparation, or simply being new to novel-writing […]

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How to write a first novel: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

A common question we receive regards how to write a first novel. Whether you are writing your first novel or your fifth, writing a novel requires focus, planning, motivation and discipline. Here are 10 do’s and don’ts for writing your first book: When you write your first novel, do: Plan and structure your book and your […]

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140 characters contest: Who won (and what do they teach us)?

We’ve had a great time running our ‘140 characters’ contest. The diversity of your entries made our task challenging. Find out the finalists and grand prize winner below, as well as our thoughts on what made these characters compelling and what we can learn from them. At the bottom of the post you can see a […]

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First person narrative: 7 tips for writing great narrators

Telling a story using mainly first person narrative has both pros and cons. Here are 7 steps to creating a great ‘I’ narrator, but first: The pros and cons of writing a novel in first person The benefit of telling a story in first person is that readers discover the voice and psychology of a […]

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Writing habits: Form a winning routine in 7 steps

Writing habits of famous authors are ingrained – it’s how a Nobel or Booker-winning author can be so prolific. In order to succeed as a writer, it is necessary to develop a motivating writing routine, and here’s how: Know yourself – find what writing patterns work best The first consideration in establishing a motivating writing routine […]

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The writing process: 5 top authors on their writing approach

Having a writing process is crucial to finishing a novel. There are several reasons that you need to develop a writing process that works for you: Writing a novel takes a long time. If there’s one essential tip for how to start and finish a novel it’s this: you need a framework in place to […]

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Banish writer’s block: 14 proven methods

Productive writers might claim that there is no such thing as writer’s block, but any writer who has ever suffered from it can assert how untrue this is. However, writer’s block needn’t be the end. Try the tips below: Set a regular writing time You will struggle less with writer’s block if you set a […]

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51 must-visit websites for romance writers

In A Natural History of the Romance Novel, Pamela Regis writes ‘The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres’. This week, we’ve put together 53 of the best websites for romance writers, a genre-specific companion to our popular guide to the 151 must-visit websites for writers. […]

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