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Writing love stories: 5 flaws to avoid

Writing love stories can be lucrative. Publishing sensations such as Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts as well as literary romance authors have found legions of readers. Why? Because best-loved romantic stories have key ingredients of a good tale: character and plot, tension, suspense, and (often) wonder and surprise. Yet there are many pitfalls in romantic writing: […]

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Writing scene breaks and transitions that develop your story

Scene breaks and transitions allow us to experience things happening in different places and times, and to different characters. Writing good scene breaks and transitions will keep your story moving, even as you switch between settings (places and times) and viewpoints. Read tips and illustrative examples: (more…)

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How to plot a novel - 7 tips

How to plot a novel: 7 tips for success

Learning how to plot a novel means first understanding the hallmarks of great plots. Secondly, you need to be able to incorporate these elements in your own writing. Here are 7 tips for plotting your book successfully (more…)

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How to start writing a novel if stuck: 8 steps

If you feel you don’t know how to start writing a novel, you don’t need a ‘how to write a novel for dummies’ book. There are several reasons why you could feel too unprepared to begin: Uncertainty about the merits of your story idea, lack of research and other preparation, or simply being new to novel-writing […]

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How to write a first novel - Now Novel explains do's and don'ts

How to write a first novel: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

A common question we receive regards how to write a first novel. Whether you are writing your first novel or your fifth, writing a novel requires focus, planning, motivation and discipline. Here are 10 do’s and don’ts for writing your first book: When you write your first novel, do: Plan and structure your book and your […]

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140 characters contest: Who won (and what do they teach us)?

We’ve had a great time running our ‘140 characters’ contest. The diversity of your entries made our task challenging. Find out the finalists and grand prize winner below, as well as our thoughts on what made these characters compelling and what we can learn from them. At the bottom of the post you can see a […]

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First person narrative - how to write great narrators

First person narrative: 7 tips for writing great narrators

Telling a story using mainly first person narrative has both pros and cons. Here are 7 steps to creating a great ‘I’ narrator, but first: The pros and cons of writing a novel in first person The benefit of telling a story in first person is that readers discover the voice and psychology of a […]

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