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What is cliché? Examples

What is cliché? Cliché examples (and how to avoid)

Ever wanted to groan out loud at how obvious and unoriginal a phrase, plot point or character in a book was? Common clichés in fiction weaken the dramatic effect and imaginative power of a story. Read on for a definition of cliché, examples of plot, character and descriptive clichés, and how to avoid clichés in […]

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First draft writing - 7 tips from Now Novel

First draft writing: 7 tips for simpler, easier drafting

Of all the stages of writing a novel, first draft writing is often most challenging. Because your novel is still a blank canvas, structuring your writing process can be tricky. Here are seven tips on draft writing that will make it easier to speed along to a complete first draft: (more…)

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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 […]

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How to write a book fast: 5 simple rules

  To write a book faster, there are 5 essential things you need to do: One: Put structure in place first – it will keep you from floundering and wasting precious time later. Two: Use a system to organise and keep track of facts about your fictional world and real life references your book draws […]

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Writing a good book - 10 ingredients

Writing a good book: 10 ingredients of great novels

Writing a good book is something every fiction writer aspires to. When writers ask for feedback from the Now Novel community, a popular question is ‘Is my idea good enough?’ Having a great story idea to start with helps. Yet a satisfying novel is a combination of multiple important components. Here are 10 ingredients that will […]

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Structuring a novel - 7 essential elements of structure

Structuring a novel: 7 vital elements

Why is structuring a novel crucial? It puts in place the footholds you need to reach the finish. There are so many different ways of approaching structure in a novel that it can seem overwhelming. Regardless of what method of creating a structure for your book you find easiest, there are seven essential elements that […]

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‘I can’t start my book’: You can in 7 simple steps

Writing a book is a wonderful process of discovery and revelation, but it is also daunting, especially if you’re attempting the process for the first time. If you find yourself saying ‘I can’t write my book’,  here are 7 steps to take that will spur you on: Table of Contents 1. Set a motivating date 2. […]

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Helpful writing quotes - A to Z

Helpful writing quotes: An A to Z of authors’ advice

This week we’ve put together an A to Z of our favourite authors’ helpful writing quotes, categorised by subject from ‘anti-hero’ to ‘YA’. Use the links below to jump to your favourite section. Share on social media and let us know in the comments section which are your favourites: Jump to Section: A;   B;   C; […]

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Stop putting off writing - 9 experts' solutions

Stop putting off writing: 9 experts’ solutions

As our recent poll of our readers confirmed, procrastination is one of the biggest enemies of writers. If you can’t stop putting off writing, here are nine writers’ advice for how to write a book with renewed motivation: Consider the source Most of us don’t procrastinate on our writing because we are lazy or secretly […]

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