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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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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