Romance story ideas | Now Novel

Romance story ideas: 5 tips for affecting arcs

Inspiration for romance story ideas is everywhere. From news headlines (TV actresses marrying members of the British royal family) to a sweet interaction you might witness in a restaurant. How can you develop a strong, affecting romance story idea? Read the following tips and use them to create interesting romantic arcs: (more…)

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How to start a story in first person | Now Novel

How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

There is no single ‘right’ approach to how to start a story in first person. That being said, there are several ways to start a story using first person point of view and hook readers from the start. Here are 8 pointers for beginning a book in first person: 1: Perfect your character introductions: Make the reader […]

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Main character writing | Now Novel

Writing a main character: Definitions, tips and examples

The main characters in a story drive plot, attract readers’ empathy (or loathing) and carry your story along. Understanding how to write a lovable, loathsome, or otherwise engaging main character is a vital skill to develop. Read on for definitions, examples and tips to make your primary characters memorable: (more…)

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Series arc - how to create multi-book arcs | Now Novel

How to write a rewarding series arc

Structuring a story is challenging, especially when your story spans multiple books (or, in the case of TV, episodes). Read on for ideas to make your series arcs – of character and plot – rewarding: (more…)

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Story Topics - Finding Book Ideas | Now Novel

Finding story topics when stuck: 5 simple methods

Story topics are all around us, yet having a wide breadth of choice can be daunting. Sometimes we know what we want to write already, at least vaguely, as it’s the reason we’ve chosen to write a book in the first place. Yet what if you’re between projects and can’t think of a new idea? […]

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World Book Day - quotes for writers | Now Novel

Quotes for writers: 35 international authors’ writing advice

Respected authors from around the world often share useful advice and ideas on writing. World Book Day is all about celebrating ‘the power of books to promote open and inclusive knowledge societies’, as UNESCO says. With that in mind, here are valuable insights from authors from the USA to Peru, Nigeria to Russia: (more…)

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What is a prologue? | Now Novel

What is a prologue (and epilogue)? Examples and tips

The different parts of a book each serve useful functions. Sometimes, authors include introductory or closing sections that stand a little apart from the main narrative, like forewords or afterwords. What is a prologue or epilogue exactly? Read on for definitions, examples and tips for using them in your own books: (more…)

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