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How to plot a romance novel

Almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people. Some novels focus on triangular love situations. A strong plot is the difference between keeping your reader turning the pages and abandoning the book. The following tips on how to plot a romance novel should help you write a well-plotted romance: 1. Don’t let […]

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Rediscovering the joy of writing

Writing is almost always a labour of love, but sometimes that love falters. When you begin to forget what you ever enjoyed about writing in the first place, it’s still possible to restore a sense of joy to your work. With the long solitary hours required, writing can be lonely. In addition, it may look […]

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What novel writers can learn from TV: Mad Men

Often, movies and television can teach us as much or more about writing technique as books can because their streamlined structure makes it easier to isolate and identify certain writing strategies. Mad Men viewers can learn a great deal about character from watching the show. One of the most significant lessons a writer can learn […]

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creating mood like Haruki Murakami

Creating mood like Haruki Murakami

Mood has a great deal to do with the success of a piece of fiction because it is related to how the story makes the reader feel. A writer aiming for a melancholy or surreal mood in fiction could study the novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami for tips on how to achieve those moods. […]

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Who JRR Tolkien was before The Lord of the Rings.

It’s no exaggeration to state that J.R.R. Tolkien invented the contemporary fantasy genre as we know it today or at least the part of the genre that concerns itself with invented worlds, quests for treasure or magic and mythical races and creatures. But before he became one of the most famous and best-selling writers in […]

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Talking about your character: Mannerisms

One of the most common pieces of advice about writing is that you should show, not tell. Describing character mannerisms is an excellent way to show the reader information about your character in a subtle and interesting way. Character mannerisms Take a look at these sentences: Greta walked across the room. Greta strode across the […]

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Help with writing: Get constructive feedback to improve

If there’s one thing every writer¬†needs it’s another pair of eyes for help with writing. It can be a beta reader or an editor or a fellow member of a writing group. In fact, that was the one question we kept getting over and over from the Now Novel community – how can I get […]

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Being honest like Elizabeth Gilbert

Honesty is an important quality in a writer because it is only by being honest that a writer can truly speak to readers in a meaningful way. Authors can learn about being honest by reading the work of Elizabeth Gilbert, who has written fearlessly about love, loss and learning to love again. The title of […]

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character development in The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

What The Hobbit characters teach us about character development

If J.R.R. Tolkien knows how to do one thing, it’s create characters that readers love. Luckily, he also knows how to create wonderful worlds and engaging plot twists, too, but it’s the characters who really stick with you after reading one of his books. In the first book in his history of Middle Earth, The […]

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Who Chekhov was, and why modern writers should care

Anton Chekhov. The short story writer named by nearly every great Western twentieth century writer as a significant influence, who shaped the modern short story as we know it, was this nineteenth century Russian writer. Writers of every genre should be familiar with the work of Chekhov because of the extent of his influence on […]

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