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How to write a novel: Story beginnings, middles and ends

Learning how to write a novel involves mastering many skills – description, narration, crafting believable characters and more. Understanding how to writing engaging story beginnings, middles and endings is also key. Here are key tips on writing each of these three important parts of a book: 1: How to write engaging novel beginnings The beginning of […]

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Story writing websites: 151 of the best

While there are some excellent books on writing a  novel, the web is also filled with terrific story writing websites. Here are 151 of the very best writing websites, and they’re organised for you by subject and genre. They’ll help you when you start using the Now Novel process to fine-tune your novel idea and […]

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11 tips: How to write even when you don’t want to

This week we have a guest post for you by writer and blogger Ben Schmitt of The Authors’ Nook. Ben offers some practical advice on how to write a book when you’re lacking in motivation: Do you enjoy writing, but every once and a while it’s the last thing in the world you want to […]

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How to pace a crime novel

If you want to write gripping, gritty police procedurals or other crime fiction, knowing how to pace a crime novel is essential. An effective crime novel must keep the reader turning pages while revealing enough information to make the narrative flow at a cracking pace. Here are some suggestions for pacing your crime novel, as […]

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Six secrets to writing a series

  Writing a series of books can be difficult to manage: Not only do you need to sustain your plot and character development over a longer arc. You also need to consider the time-line of how often you will release new books in the series and how you will keep readers sustained and eagerly anticipating […]

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5 easy ways to research your novel

Writers tend to be split in their feelings about research with some enjoying it and others dreading it. Almost every writer will need to do at least a little research from time to time, but there are a number of methods available to get your the information that you need. Not every novel requires research. […]

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How to choose a book title: Titles that sing

      Although it is said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, most of us would have to admit we have been attracted to or put off a book by its title. If you want to build your audience, knowing how to choose a book title is crucial. So how do you […]

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Budget MFA Creative Writing

While we would all love to drop it all and head off into the sunset to do an MFA in Creative Writing, for many (most) of us, that’s not an option. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn all you need to about creative writing and becoming a better novel writer, right here. Here’s a […]

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How to create a character backstory that feels real

Knowing how to create a character backstory that feels real will give your fictional characters depth. ‘Backstory’ refers to any significant events that occurred prior to the main action of your novel. Here are ten tips for crafting character backstory better (read on for fuller explanations): How to create a character backstory: 5 key tips Tip […]

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10 common grammar mistakes even great writers make

There are far more than 10 common grammar mistakes that even the greats make. Mistakes in the drafting stage aren’t catastrophic. After all, you’ll edit your novel at a later point in time. A clean manuscript appeals to agents and editors, though, so read on for 10 common grammar mistakes you can learn to identify and avoid. Even […]

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