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Pacing in writing - Now Novel shares tips on writing better story pacing.

What is pacing in writing? Mastering pace

What is pacing in writing? In fiction, pacing refers to how quickly (or slowly) the action of the story unfolds. Why is pacing in a story important? Because it helps to keep the reader interested and maintains a desired atmosphere and tone. A suspense thriller shouldn’t move at a crawl, just as an adventure novel […]

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Book ideas: 11 inspiring sources

Do book ideas just come to you unexpectedly or do you have to work incredibly hard for them? As writers we go through phases of feeling creatively inspired and phases where every word is won painstakingly. If you feel all the best book ideas have been used already, you might be looking in the wrong places. […]

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Doris Lessing’s top 10 tips: How to explain to readers

How do readers respond to having plot points, character choices or other story elements explained to them? Not well. If a reader finds your voice condescending, chances are they will abandon your book. How to explain to readers entails giving them just enough information without telling them too much. The late nobel-winning author Doris Lessing effectively strikes […]

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Lessons in how to write books from film adaptations

‘The book was better’ is a complaint you will often hear from book lovers about screen adaptations. This is understandable: There’s only so much that the cinematic, visual medium can capture of a writer’s voice. Small quirks of style and technique can easily be lost. It’s maybe best to think of screen adaptation as a […]

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Writing for all ages: why do adults read YA novels?

Depending on which survey you read, adults buy anywhere from 55 to 80 percent of YA novels, and they make a substantial number of those purchases for themselves, but why is YA fiction writing for all ages? Here are a few reasons along with writing tips that writers of all types of fiction can take […]

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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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11 tips: How to write even when you don’t want to

This week we have a guest post for you by writer and blogger Ben Schmitt of The Authors’ Nook. Ben offers some practical advice on how to write a book when you’re lacking in motivation: Do you enjoy writing, but every once and a while it’s the last thing in the world you want to […]

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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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How to give constructive criticism to other writers

Giving constructive criticism to other writers is a valuable process for both the critique-giver and receiver. Just as there are techniques that can improve your writing, you can also improve your critiquing skills. Here are nine tips that will show you how to give constructive criticism: Reading as a writer Reading to critique is different […]

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