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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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Forward planning vs. creative freedom in writing

Planning ahead and allowing for inspiration are both important aspects of writing and finishing a novel, but it can seem difficult to balance them especially since there is a lot of conflicting advice from novelists and writing teachers. However, the tips below can help achieve that balance. Some writers swear by making meticulous outlines ahead […]

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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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Help with writing: Get constructive feedback to improve

If there’s one thing every writer needs it’s another pair of eyes for help with writing. It can be a beta reader or an editor or a fellow member of a writing group. In fact, that was the one question we kept getting over and over from the Now Novel community – how can I get […]

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Writing memoir: Three things to learn from Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott wrote one of the most beloved writing book of all times, Bird by Bird, but she has also had great success as a writer of memoirs.  Writing memoir often means writing about family and other real people. Lamott’s honesty and self-deprecating humour are instructive to any writer interested in tackling the memoir form. […]

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