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How to write a romance novel that feels real

For something that is so important in our lives, it’s surprising how often love gets clichéd treatment in songs, books, movies and more. You can avoid these clichés and learn how to write a romance novel that feels real by following these tips: Avoid clichés The first step in avoiding clichés is to recognise them, […]

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Classic fantasy books – 5 must-read fantasy novels

Most lovers of fantasy fiction are well-acquainted with such classic works as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. But what are some of the lesser-known but important works of fantasy literature as well […]

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The difference between fantasy and science fiction

The difference between the fantasy and science fiction genres hasn’t always been an issue, as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America points out. 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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Character posture: How to describe characters’ bearing

When we think about describing a character, we often think of listing items like hair colour, eye colour and body type. Character posture is important too: How we bear ourselves tells others a lot about us. Here are tips on using posture to bring out what makes each of your fictional characters uniquely interesting: Many of […]

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How to create a fantasy world that everyone will believe

Learning how to create a fantasy world that feels real to readers is easy when you follow these five steps: Step 1: Plan the lie of the land Creating a solid, believable physical world is the first step. The reason some fantasy novelists and readers seem so obsessed with maps is because the act of […]

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Crafting a crime: how to balance action and explanation

We are all familiar with the movies in which at the climax, the killer holds the gun on the hero and explains the entire mystery up to that point, but there has to be a better way to balance action and explanation. With a good outline and skilful release of details, you can keep the […]

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How to write a crime novel: 4 tips from Raymond Chandler

If you want to learn how to write a crime novel, studying the masters is a good first step. Read on for 4 takeaways from Raymond Chandler’s fiction that will help you become a better crime writer: Raymond Chandler was one of the great crime writers of all time, and his ascent from humble beginnings as […]

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Ten must-read crime novels

Writing great crime fiction means reading great fiction, but what are some of the greats? Below are 10 crime novels that will give you a good reading foundation in this popular genre. Most aficionados of crime and mystery fiction could quibble about the differences between crime and mystery fiction for which there is a great […]

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Creating a fantasy world? Ask 10 questions

World building is an important component of fantasy writing because your fantasy world must be grounded in a history and abide by certain rules in order to persuade your readers to suspend their disbelief when you bring in magic, fantastical beasts and other implausible elements. Below are some of the important questions to ask yourself […]

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Fantasy writing: How your fantasy world’s everyday details

One of the keys to believable fantasy writing is to ground it in tangible, everyday details. By asking yourself what your characters eat, wear, live in and more, you will begin to build a setting that your readers feel that they inhabit along with your characters. Think about your characters’ way of life Thinking about […]

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