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Writing a novel - 7 tips from bestsellers

Writing a novel: 7 tips from bestselling authors

Writing a novel requires that you pay attention to the many elements of a book that factor into whether or not it is an excellent read. Great writing advice will help you to finish and take further steps to publication when your book is complete. Read advice from seven bestselling authors on how to write a book: […]

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Story writing websites: 151 of the best

While there are some excellent books on writing a  novel, the web is also filled with terrific story writing websites. Here are 151 of the very best writing websites, and they’re organised for you by subject and genre. They’ll help you when you start using the Now Novel process to fine-tune your novel idea and […]

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What is literary fiction?

What is literary fiction? How to develop a literary writing voice

What is literary fiction? It’s a genre category used to describe fiction that: 1. Is valued highly for its quality of form and creative use of language 2. Has been accepted into the category ‘literature’ (books culturally accepted as ‘literary’ because they have common features such as elevated writing style) Literary fiction explores subtleties and complexities […]

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Overcoming writing obstacles: Zainul Khan

At Now Novel we love receiving feedback from writers, especially when it concerns overcoming writing obstacles. We recently heard from one Zainul Khan, an ex-captain of the Indian Army and fiction writer. Mr Khan kindly agreed to talking about his eventful life and writing development in a guest writer interview. He has written several books, […]

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The central conflict of your novel - infographic

Choosing the central conflict of your novel: Infographic

Remember our post about choosing the central conflict of your novel? Conflict between characters or between a character and an inhospitable environment drive action. This keeps readers engrossed as it introduces an air of unpredictability that leaves readers wanting more. We’ve created an infographic condensing the information on story conflicts we included in the earlier post on […]

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Getting better all the time: simple ways to hone your craft

Writers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the many aspects of fiction they must attend to when learning to write. As you hone your craft, aspects such as dialogue, character development, structure and more will come naturally to you. There are many things you can do to continually hone your writing craft. It is often said […]

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Lessons from the Masters

Writing lessons from masters of craft

One of the most marvellous things about writing is that we are surrounded by teachers – literally all the books you read can teach you something (good or bad) about the art of writing. When you read the masters (those writers who have clearly figured out something very special in their genre), you can learn […]

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Budget MFA Creative Writing

While we would all love to drop it all and head off into the sunset to do an MFA in Creative Writing, for many (most) of us, that’s not an option. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn all you need to about creative writing and becoming a better novel writer, right here. Here’s a […]

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10 common grammar mistakes even great writers make

There are far more than 10 common grammar mistakes that even the greats make. Mistakes in the drafting stage aren’t catastrophic. After all, you’ll edit your novel at a later point in time. A clean manuscript appeals to agents and editors, though, so read on for 10 common grammar mistakes you can learn to identify and avoid. Even […]

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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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