How to write a bestseller | Now Novel

How to write a bestseller: 747 No. 1 novels

Learning how to write a bestseller isn’t as simple as making sure your book ticks a few boxes. Factors influencing sales (such as marketing and readership trends) count. Analyzing books that reached number one nonetheless gives useful insights. We analysed every New York Times No. 1 since 1950 and compiled the following tips: (more…)

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Character development -9 tips | Now Novel

Character development: 9 tips for convincing arcs

How characters grow and change, reach their goals or fail to, keeps us interested. In stories, character development is crucial:  If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel will feel two-dimensional. Developing your characters makes them ring true. Here are 9 steps to creating satisfying character arcs: (more…)

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Indirect characterization | Now Novel

Indirect characterization: Revealing character subtly

Fleshing out characters with believable human qualities is an art. Indirect characterization is writing that paints in character detail by showing rather than telling. Rather than only tell readers about characters’ personalities and values, you can reveal them subtly through dialogue, actions and appearances. Read these tips and examples from books: (more…)

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Story plots - tips for being original | Now Novel

Story plots: 7 tips to be more original

Clichéd story plots weaken an otherwise good story, a story where characters and settings are vivid. To tell a story that feels original and inventive, it’s key to learn plot clichés to avoid. Yet many original stories do use common tropes. The key is to make famous story types and scenarios your own: (more…)

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5 types of dialogue | Now Novel

5 types of dialogue your novel needs

Dialogue is a key part of any character-driven novel. What characters say and how/why/when/where they say it is revealing. Read 5 types of dialogue your novel needs, and illustrative examples from books: (more…)

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Using a book editor - tips from Reedsy | Now Novel

Using a book editor: How to get more value

Today we have a guest post courtesy of publishing network Reedsy, a succinct guide to working with a book editor. If you’re not quite at the editing and publishing stage yet, join Now Novel for help planning and finishing your novel.  (more…)

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Plot twist ideas - 7 examples | Now Novel

Plot twist ideas: 7 examples and tips for twists

A good plot twist adds intrigue, suspense or surprise to a novel. Plot twists are particularly popular in suspense-heavy novels such as murder mysteries, because they prolong suspense-creating questions about cause and identity. Read 7 examples of effective plot twists and what they teach us: (more…)

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Writing styles - Master ways of writing | Now Novel

Writing styles: 10 tips to master ways of writing

Developing the story content of your writing – your characters, plots, dialogue and other areas – is important. Yet mastering different writing styles is equally important if you want to convey your story to readers with creative precision. Read 10 tips for developing and mastering your language use: (more…)

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