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How to make a plot captivating - Now Novel

How to make a plot captivating: 7 strategies

Sometimes you get half way through a story or novel before you realize that your plot is missing something. Maybe it plods and meanders, or there is a sameness of tension and pace. These 7 strategies will help you make a plot more captivating: (more…)

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How to write a short story and improve your writing skills

The short story has a long and rich tradition, spanning everything from the gothic to the contemporary. Learning how to write a short story¬†will improve your writing skills, as you can apply many of the techniques you learn to writing longer forms. Short stories are not necessarily any easier to write, but telling a complete […]

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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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How a Novel Ends

[This week we’re fortunate to have successful author Warren Adler with us, giving his insights on how a novel ends.] Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at […]

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Joseph Campbell’s mythology: How to structure your story

Joseph Campbell was a writer who identified a structure common to many myths that he named the hero’s journey. You can use Joseph Campbell’s mythology to structure your own fiction regardless of the genre or type of story you want to tell. Campbell combined his knowledge of myth and religion with modern-day psychology to arrive […]

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Three act structure: How to write a satisfyingly structured novel

  First analysed by the Greek writer Aristotle more than 2,000 years ago, the three act structure still has relevance for writers today. Although it is more commonly used in teaching screenplay writing, many novelists embrace the concept and create three act novels as this structure is useful for keeping a story on track. What […]

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