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Inciting incident definition, examples and tips | Now Novel

Inciting incident: Definition, tips and examples

In writing fiction, the opening events that set your story in motion are pivotal. They set the tone and mood, establish key details of character and setting (time and place), and build intrigue. Read a full definition of the inciting incident and tips and examples for making your own gripping: (more…)

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Third person limited narration - examples and tips | Now Novel

Writing third person limited narration: Examples and tips

Point of view in fiction often seems complex. Yet stripping back to essentials and looking at examples makes it easier to get POV right. Read a definition of third person limited followed by examples that show how to use this POV to show feelings, assumptions, and characters’ differences: (more…)

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Exposition of a story - examples tips | Now Novel

Writing story exposition: Examples and tips

Writing the exposition of a story – the narration introducing key scenarios, themes, characters or settings – takes skill. The reader needs enough information to be curious and continue. Here are 5 examples of effective exposition, the reasons why they’re effective, and tips we can deduce: (more…)

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Examples of narrative from 5 classic books

Mastering narration: 5 deft examples of narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show characters’ pasts? Here are 5 examples of narrative from great novels that teach us how to write narrative with different purposes: (more…)

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How to write backstory - 5 tips from Now Novel

How to write backstory but not bog down your book

Telling character backstory is sometimes necessary to show why your character has a specific motivation or mindset. Yet it’s important to learn how to write backstory that will not bog your novel down in constant harking back to prior events that occurred before the present time of your narrative. Read 5 tips for using backstory better: (more…)

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