Understanding the snowflake method

    There are nearly as many ways to approach writing a novel as there are writers, but many swear by an approach known as the snowflake method. Developed by writer Randy Ingermanson, the snowflake method can be particularly helpful to writers who prefer to plan extensively before setting out to write a novel. Sometimes, […]

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Chekhov’s Gun: What it is and how to use it like a pro

  ‘Chekhov’s Gun’ is a concept that describes how every element of a story should contribute to the whole. It comes from Anton Chekhov’s famous book writing advice: ‘If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.’ In […]

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Writer’s tip: Avoid passive voice

  It’s an often given writer’s tip, but few tips for writers cause as much confusion as the caution to avoid passive voice. Understanding what passive voice is and why it should be avoided can clear up this confusion. One of the biggest problems with this tip is that so few people understand what passive voice […]

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How To: Make a promise to write (and keep it)

It’s a mystery why we so often resist doing the very things that we most want to be doing whether it’s exercise, writing or some other project we long to tackle. Once we get started, we usually are glad we did and have little trouble continuing, but how can we make sure we write consistently […]

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5 ways to ensure you will write every week

A consistent dedication to writing regularly is often what separates the successful writers from the unsuccessful ones. Even so, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the other distractions of life and let writing fall by the wayside. An optimistic New Year’s writing resolution or written plan is a great idea, […]

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How to finish your novel this year: 10 tips

  Here’s how to finish your novel this year: don’t let the months slip by, get proactive so that this is the year it happens. Whether you’re writing a first novel or your fourth, follow these ten tips to reach your writing goals: How to finish your novel this year: Get organised and ensure productive […]

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The value of beta readers: how to find and benefit from them

The breakdown of the traditional publishing model and increasing popularity of e-readers has opened up enormous opportunity for self published authors. But with this comes the shift of responsibility for everything from editing to marketing, which used to be done by print publishers. This means that we, as authors, are responsible for finding a way […]

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How to keep your New Year’s resolution this year

Make 2014 the year you actually finish writing your book. If you commit to writing your novel with Now Novel, we’ll make sure you’ll actually finish your novel this year. That’s why we’re offering a special New Year’s offer: save 25% off any of our plans (coupon code: finishmybook) What you get when you sign […]

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Who JRR Tolkien was before The Lord of the Rings.

It’s no exaggeration to state that J.R.R. Tolkien invented the contemporary fantasy genre as we know it today or at least the part of the genre that concerns itself with invented worlds, quests for treasure or magic and mythical races and creatures. But before he became one of the most famous and best-selling writers in […]

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