Inciting incident definition, examples and tips | Now Novel

Inciting incident: Definition, tips and examples

In writing fiction, the opening events that set your story in motion are pivotal. They set the tone and mood, establish key details of character and setting (time and place), and build intrigue. Read a full definition of the inciting incident and tips and examples for making your own gripping: (more…)

Continue Reading
Third person limited narration - examples and tips | Now Novel

Writing third person limited narration: Examples and tips

Point of view in fiction often seems complex. Yet stripping back to essentials and looking at examples makes it easier to get POV right. Read a definition of third person limited followed by examples that show how to use this POV to show feelings, assumptions, and characters’ differences: (more…)

Continue Reading
Exposition of a story - examples tips | Now Novel

Writing story exposition: Examples and tips

Writing the exposition of a story – the narration introducing key scenarios, themes, characters or settings – takes skill. The reader needs enough information to be curious and continue. Here are 5 examples of effective exposition, the reasons why they’re effective, and tips we can deduce: (more…)

Continue Reading
How to write a character unlike you | Now Novel

How to write a character unlike you

Today we have a guest post, courtesy of ESL teacher Ethan Miller. Character creation is a key element of writing a novel. Authors, knowingly or unknowingly, often create characters that borrow heavily from their own selves and life experiences. It’s fun to see yourself as the protagonist of your story and base your characters in […]

Continue Reading
Writing the middle of a novel | Now Novel

Writing the middle of a novel: 9 tips to keep moving

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the path to the end. The curse of the ‘sagging middle’ can’t take hold. Here are 9 tips for writing a middle that keeps your story moving: (more…)

Continue Reading
Writing love stories - flaws to avoid | Now Novel

Writing love stories: 5 flaws to avoid

Writing love stories can be lucrative. Publishing sensations such as Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts as well as literary romance authors have found legions of readers. Why? Because best-loved romantic stories have key ingredients of a good tale: character and plot, tension, suspense, and (often) wonder and surprise. Yet there are many pitfalls in romantic writing: […]

Continue Reading
writing scene breaks and scene transitions | Now Novel

Writing scene breaks and transitions that develop your story

Scene breaks and transitions allow us to experience things happening in different places and times, and to different characters. Writing good scene breaks and transitions will keep your story moving, even as you switch between settings (places and times) and viewpoints. Read tips and illustrative examples: (more…)

Continue Reading
world building questions - natural environment | Now Novel

World building questions: Writing the natural environment

There are many world building steps in creating the setting for a story or novel. What steps you include will depend on the nature of your story. Read tips for writing the natural environment, how you can use it to create narrative tension, socio-historical change, symbolism and more: (more…)

Continue Reading

Pin It on Pinterest