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Novel writing - How to create strong mood

Novel writing: How to create strong mood

Have you ever read a great horror or thriller novel and felt a pervasive sense of the eerie or ominous? How did the writer create that mood? Mood is an aspect of novel writing that is often overlooked. We talk more about specific elements such as character and plot. The mood of your novel emerges out of a combination […]

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How to write a first draft: A novel approach

  In learning how to write a first draft, having an effective method is everything. Conventional wisdom says that there are several ways to write the ‘perfect’ first draft, but first drafts are anything but perfect. Writing terrible first drafts is more than inevitable: It’s necessary. Here are several reasons why you should not attempt […]

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Novel writing tips: Philip A. Oldfield

We interviewed novelist Philip A. Oldfield to find out his best novel writing tips:       When did you first start writing? My earliest recollection of putting pen to paper was in an English class. I was 11 years of age. Following a classroom discussion about the First World War, the teacher had asked us […]

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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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Writing feedback: How to get helpful critiques

One of the challenges for us all as writers is getting good feedback on our writing, especially early in our career. You can get feedback for free or you can pay for it, and you can get it from peers or from professionals. To get feedback on your writing: Join an online writing group or […]

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Tips from the Masters: Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath: confessional poet, novelist and short story writer, was first published at the age of eight.  From the moment she learnt to write, she never stopped.  Writing was her life; it defined her and came first before anything else. Every day she would wake up, finish her breakfast, pick up her notebook and write […]

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All you need to know about Now Novel:

Hello, and welcome to Now Novel! This is it: you are no longer one of those people who says wistfully, “One day I’ll write a novel…” You are now on the road to ticking that item off your bucket list. Don’t worry – we’ll be with you every step of the way. We’ve created a […]

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The difference between active and passive voice

Writing a book can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages. While writing a book may seem like a daunting prospect, thousands of authors are able to write fantastic content every year. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to write a book. When looking to write a book, it’s […]

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J.K. Rowling speaks about failure

It might not seem like J.K. Rowling (billionaire author of the Harry Potter series of books and one of the most successful authors of all time) would have a lot in common with failure. But in this inspiring talk she gave to graduates of Harvard she shares some of her secrets, including the hidden benefits […]

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