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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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Plotting a novel series? Plan your world and characters

Plotting a novel series involves planning longer character and story arcs and creating a fictional world that will sustain multiple books. Your readers should want to keep reading about your world and your characters across multiple books and, ideally, many years. Here are some ways you can encourage this response in your writing: Make sure that […]

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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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How to write a villain: Writing a more human antagonist

Characters are what drive the reader to care about what happens in your story. If your readers can relate to your characters or at least recognise familiar real world human traits in their behaviour, your story will be a more vivid read. Learning how to write a villain that your readers can understand as a […]

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Writing crime fiction – 7 elements of gripping suspense

Suspense is a critical aspect of writing crime fiction. All the elements outlined below can help to increase suspense over the course of your novel: Conflict Suspense arises from conflict. Before you can effectively create suspense throughout your crime novel, you need to have a handle on its central conflict. The main question of your […]

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How to write a crime novel: 4 tips from Raymond Chandler

If you want to learn how to write a crime novel, studying the masters is a good first step. Read on for 4 takeaways from Raymond Chandler’s fiction that will help you become a better crime writer: Raymond Chandler was one of the great crime writers of all time, and his ascent from humble beginnings as […]

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