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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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Writing a book online- 7 frequent questions answered

Writing a book online? 7 frequent questions answered

Many aspiring authors worry about writing a book online and sharing their work for feedback. Others worry about the possible limitations sharing work (in part or full) might have on traditional publishing opportunities. Because we often field questions about the pros and pitfalls of digital writing tools in general (and Now Novel in particular), here […]

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How to find time to write - 9 tips from Now Novel

How to find time to write: 9 tips to get words down

Many aspiring authors have to learn how to find time to write with a full-time job. Being a stay-at-home parent also involves roles and responsibilities that can make writing time scarce. Read 9 tips for making time to write despite other tasks and distractions and getting more words on the page: (more…)

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Pacing in writing - Now Novel shares tips on writing better story pacing.

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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How to get better at writing daily - 10 methods

How to get better at writing daily: 10 methods

Learning how to get better at writing daily will do wonders for your writing style and craft. You can improve writing skills quickly if you set aside as little as half an hour per day to add something new to your writer’s toolkit. Here are 10 easy tasks you can set yourself to raise the […]

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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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Why is setting important? Now Novel answers the question

Why is setting important? Mastering writing time and place

Why is setting important? Because setting is the stage for your story and immerses readers in your fictional world. In a novel, setting refers to the place and time (or multiple places and times) in which the story unfolds. Read on to find out more about how to create setting in your novel: Why is […]

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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 […]

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