Character description: 7 ways to avoid weak imagery | Now Novel

Character description: 7 ways to avoid weak imagery

Strong character description is key to creating vivid and realistic characters. We may be tempted to reach first for obvious elements of physical description, such as eye and hair colour. Yet strong imagery tells us more about a character’s personality, quirks, strengths and flaws. To avoid weak character description: (more…)

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What makes a good story? | Now Novel

What makes a good story? 10 elements

What makes a good story? Understanding the key elements of a great story and what satisfies readers regardless of finer details (such as genre) will help you write a more successful book. We’re satisfied when stories achieve certain effects, such as moving us, inspiring us to wonder. With the advent of self-publishing there are now […]

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What are good character traits? | Now Novel

What are good character traits? 7 helpful attributes

Character growth or change is integral to great stories. Giving characters bad as well as good character traits means your characters have tendencies and predispositions. It also helps to spark ideas for backstory, for how they acquired their dominant qualities in the first place. Here are 7 useful good character attributes: (more…)

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How to write chapters: Create a compelling Chapter 3

Understanding how to write chapters that develop your story is key to writing a focused, purposeful book. We’ve written about how to structure a chapter generally, writing good opening paragraphs and pages, and developing Chapter One’s intrigue in your second chapter. Writing a good third chapter is equally important. Your early chapters hook readers and […]

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How to write a rough draft | Now Novel

How to write a rough draft: Finish your novel faster

In learning how to write a rough draft, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that suits every writer equally. This being said, writing a story draft as quickly as possible helps. Working quicker for the first pass helps to keep you from becoming discouraged or losing interest in your story idea. If you need to speed up your first […]

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Elements of fantasy: Writing a more magical story

What makes a fantasy story? Our first instinct might be to answer ‘magic’ – spells, mythical beasts, potions. Yet fantasy contains multiple key elements. Read the following simple breakdown of elements of the fantasy genre and tips to write magical, fantastical tales: (more…)

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What are direct and indirect characterization | Now Novel

Direct vs indirect characterization: 8 tips and examples

Characterization, the art of revealing fictional characters’ natures and personalities, has many facets. There are two main ways to reveal characters: direct characterization, and indirect characterization. What defines these two characterization types, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each? Read on for tips and examples from literature: (more…)

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Online writing courses: 7 tips to get more out

Online writing courses and workshops have many pros. Improving your writing without having to commute to meet-ups. Completing courses at your own pace and being able to fit when you engage around your own schedule. Use these tips to get the most from the next writing course you enroll in: (more…)

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