How to start a story in first person | Now Novel

How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

There is no single ‘right’ approach to how to start a story in first person. That being said, there are several ways to start a story using first person point of view and hook readers from the start. Here are 8 pointers for beginning a book in first person: 1: Perfect your character introductions: Make the reader […]

Continue Reading
Main character writing | Now Novel

Writing a main character: Definitions, tips and examples

The main characters in a story drive plot, attract readers’ empathy (or loathing) and carry your story along. Understanding how to write a lovable, loathsome, or otherwise engaging main character is a vital skill to develop. Read on for definitions, examples and tips to make your primary characters memorable: (more…)

Continue Reading
Series arc - how to create multi-book arcs | Now Novel

How to write a rewarding series arc

Structuring a story is challenging, especially when your story spans multiple books (or, in the case of TV, episodes). Read on for ideas to make your series arcs – of character and plot – rewarding: (more…)

Continue Reading
Story Topics - Finding Book Ideas | Now Novel

Finding story topics when stuck: 5 simple methods

Story topics are all around us, yet having a wide breadth of choice can be daunting. Sometimes we know what we want to write already, at least vaguely, as it’s the reason we’ve chosen to write a book in the first place. Yet what if you’re between projects and can’t think of a new idea? […]

Continue Reading
World Book Day - quotes for writers | Now Novel

Quotes for writers: 35 international authors’ writing advice

Respected authors from around the world often share useful advice and ideas on writing. World Book Day is all about celebrating ‘the power of books to promote open and inclusive knowledge societies’, as UNESCO says. With that in mind, here are valuable insights from authors from the USA to Peru, Nigeria to Russia: (more…)

Continue Reading
What is a prologue? | Now Novel

What is a prologue (and epilogue)? Examples and tips

The different parts of a book each serve useful functions. Sometimes, authors include introductory or closing sections that stand a little apart from the main narrative, like forewords or afterwords. What is a prologue or epilogue exactly? Read on for definitions, examples and tips for using them in your own books: (more…)

Continue Reading
Types of antagonist | Now Novel

Types of antagonists: Creating riveting opponents

There are many types of antagonists. Sometimes in a story a primary antagonist starts out as a close ally. Characters who oppose your main character’s goals aren’t necessarily ‘bad’, yet they serve a primary function: Standing between another character and their destiny. Here are 5 types of antagonists with examples and points to remember: (more…)

Continue Reading

Pin It on Pinterest