Story climax examples | Now Novel

Story climax examples: Writing gripping build-ups

Sometimes we overstate the importance of ‘climax’ in a story. After all, some novels end with anti-climax. Bret Easton Ellis even ends a novel mid-sentence. All the same, knowing how to create a gripping build-up is useful, especially if you’re writing a fantasy or thriller. Here are tips gathered from exploring effective story climax examples: […]

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How to write a hook | Now Novel

How to write a hook: 8 tips to lure in readers

Knowing how to write a hook is one of the key skills separating published from unpublished authors. Publishers want to know (among other things) that your book will appeal to an audience within the relevant market. How do you write a hook that makes readers lose track of time in book stores and library aisles? […]

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Character motivation examples | Now Novel

Character motivation examples: 7 tips for clear motives

  Believable character motivations drive all of literature’s most famous characters. Characters, like real people, have desires, wants and needs. They have motivations they’re aware of and ones they aren’t. These all impact the choices they make.  Here are 7 tips for creating character motivation: 1: Give each character their own credible motivation 2: Give […]

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Dialogue words - Other words for said | Now Novel

Dialogue words: Other words for ‘said’

Writing effective, compelling dialogue has multiple elements. It’s not only what characters say but how they say it that matters. Or how you show who’s speaking. ‘He said’ and ‘she said’ can dull and grow boring if overused. Read (more…)

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Novel characters - Tips for writing characters | Now Novel

Novel characters: 15 top character creation tips

Great novel characters share common features: Distinct, authentic voices, character development, clear goals and motivations, strengths and flaws. Here are 15 of our top character creation tips gathered from some of the best writing blogs and websites: (more…)

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9 ways to write more | Now Novel

Stop procrastinating: 9 ways to write more

Procrastination is the enemy of writers, of all creative people. If you’ve committed to writing a book or story but are avoiding the task, there are simple ways to write more. Try these strategies to boost your focus and motivation. (more…)

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