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How to pace a crime novel

If you want to write gripping, gritty police procedurals or other crime fiction, knowing how to pace a crime novel is essential. An effective crime novel must keep the reader turning pages while revealing enough information to make the narrative flow at a cracking pace. Here are some suggestions for pacing your crime novel, as well as pitfalls to avoid:

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Writing Genres

Writing fan fiction: Valuable platform or fad?

Fan fiction is a popular genre in which authors use existing fictional characters and worlds as the starting point for their own stories adhering to (or altering) ‘canon’ or the history of an author’s work. Learn more about this genre and its practicalities:

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Writing Genres YA writing

How to write YA fiction: 10 YA tips

Young adult fiction, also known as YA, is a very popular fiction category, but how much do you really know about it? Here are 10 facts about writing YA that may be of interest if you are thinking of tackling this type of fiction:

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Science fiction writing Writing Genres

43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers

The imagining of possible worlds is the staple of science fiction. Here are 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers:

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Historical fiction: 7 elements of research

This guest contribution is by author and historical fiction blogger M.K. Tod of A Writer of History. Mary provides valuable insights into the particular research required of the historical fiction writer, along with practical advice for sourcing the factual material that will help bring a bygone era to life in your novel.

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Fantasy writing Science fiction writing Writing Genres

The difference between fantasy and science fiction

The difference between the fantasy and science fiction genres hasn’t always been an issue. However, there are a few key differences in the genres that can help us to separate one type of book from the other in the ‘science fiction vs fantasy’ debate.

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