Help with writing - why criticism is important

Help with writing: Get constructive feedback to improve

If there’s one thing every writer needs it’s another pair of eyes for help with writing. It can be a beta reader or an editor or a fellow member of a writing group. In fact, that was the one question we kept getting over and over from the Now Novel community – how can I get […]

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Top ten romance novels - a list

Top ten romance novels: Books to inspire you

In order to write great romance novels, you need to read great romance novels. Below is a list of successful top ten romance novels spanning subgenres from classic literature to contemporary. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the original chicklit novel as Elizabeth Bennet attempts to navigate her way through society life and find […]

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5 tips for writing romance novels that enthrall

There’s no formula for writing a successful romance or any other type of fiction, but there are things you can do that will make readers want to snap up your novel and read more. Here are five tips for writing romance novels that are page-turning, unforgettable love stories: Borrow from the best. Think about some of […]

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Why write a novel? Twitter tells us

Why is writing a book a dream for so many people, and so satisfying for others? There are a number of reasons… Why write a book? Because the exhilaration you feel when holding it in your heads is like being hit by a tornado and staying alive. — Ksenia Anske (@kseniaanske) October 2, 2013 Writing […]

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Writing feedback: How to get helpful critiques

One of the challenges for us all as writers is getting good feedback on our writing, especially early in our career. You can get feedback for free or you can pay for it, and you can get it from peers or from professionals. To get feedback on your writing: Join an online writing group or […]

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Writing memoir: Three things to learn from Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott wrote one of the most beloved writing book of all times, Bird by Bird, but she has also had great success as a writer of memoirs.  Writing memoir often means writing about family and other real people. Lamott’s honesty and self-deprecating humour are instructive to any writer interested in tackling the memoir form. […]

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My writing is bad - silence your inner critic

‘My writing is bad’: 8 ways to silence your inner critic

So often beginning writers (and even established authors) tell themselves ‘My writing is bad’. If you tend to criticize yourself to a creative standstill too, you’re in good company: Even the great authors have suffered from self-doubt. The good news is that there are ways to silence your inner critic so that you are free […]

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The power of mentorship

Mentors can be invaluable in every walk of life, but there’s nowhere they are more useful than in novel writing. Many successful people in politics, science, business and other areas credit their mentors as being partly responsible for their success. Because writing can be such an isolated and isolating endeavour, a mentor is particularly helpful […]

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Turning notes into a novel - make use of your jottings

Turning notes into a novel

Most writers don’t sit down on day one of novel-writing and begin spinning a tale; generally, they’ve been outlining and making notes for a while. Turning notes into a novel, a publishable manuscript, can seem daunting. Despite this, the tips below will help you develop your notes into a book. How much work you’ll need […]

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