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How to write a scene - Writing scenes with purpose and structure | Now Novel

How to write a scene: Purpose and structure

Knowing how to write a scene is a crucial skill for writing a novel. Scenes are the basic building blocks of plot. Read this guide for tips on writing scenes, including how to start and end scenes, as well as scene-planning and structuring tips. (more…)

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Vonnegut’s best advice to writers: 8 tips revisited

The great writer Kurt Vonnegut’s best advice to writers, the 8 ‘rules’ reprinted in his story collection Bagombo Snuff Box (1999), has been shared often. Read Vonnegut’s creative writing tips below. We ask: Are they good rules? First: Who is Kurt Vonnegut? If you aren’t familiar with Vonnegut’s writing, Kurt Vonnegut Jr (November 11, 1922 to […]

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Novel writing basics - 10 steps to write an unputdownable book

Novel writing basics: 10 steps to an unputdownable book

  Your grasp of novel writing basics such as plot and character needs to be good for readers to enjoy your novels. Here are 10 steps to make your book unputdownable: Step 1: Promise revelation in your story premise. Step 2: Make each chapter beginning and ending tantalizing. Step 3: Master novel writing basics: narration and description. […]

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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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How to write a novel: Silence the ‘You can’t write’ voice

Like most writers, you may sometimes have to contend with the nagging voice of self-doubt. Yet step one in learning how to write a novel entails learning to differentiate between constructive (self) criticism and unproductive criticism. Even if you are critical of your own work to the point of creative obstruction, there are techniques that […]

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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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How to avoid clichés in writing: Story Themes

If you want to be a successful author, learn  how to avoid clichés in writing on popular themes. Many of the same themes are explored repeatedly in fiction without being reduced to clichés, and you can do the same by understanding what makes themes strong, what the clichés of your genre are, and how to […]

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