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How to write a book fast: 5 simple rules

  To write a book faster, there are 5 essential things you need to do: One: Put structure in place first – it will keep you from floundering and wasting precious time later. Two: Use a system to organise and keep track of facts about your fictional world and real life references your book draws […]

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7 ways to get and stay motivated for NaNoWriMo

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? November’s annual write-a-thon sees hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers attempt to write and finish their novels. This year, we’re even official prize sponsors for NaNowriMo’s ‘Night of Writing Dangerously’ write-a-thon. If you are determined to be one of the few aspiring writers who succeed, it’s important to find consistent sources […]

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End writing procrastination now: 7 steps

What if you could stop procrastinating now and start or finish writing a book? We recently asked you what your largest writing challenges were. Many of you responded that procrastination keeps you from fulfilling your dream of finishing a novel. In this post you can read 7 steps to take to end writing procrastination and become […]

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How to start a book so you are sure to finish

The number of people who begin writing a book is much larger than the number who manage to finish: Here’s how to start a book so that you will see it to the finish line. Be smart in choosing a genre or sub-genre If you live and breathe steampunk, erotic historical romance or space opera […]

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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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Understanding the snowflake method

    There are nearly as many ways to approach writing a novel as there are writers, but many swear by an approach known as the snowflake method. Developed by writer Randy Ingermanson, the snowflake method can be particularly helpful to writers who prefer to plan extensively before setting out to write a novel. Sometimes, […]

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Do you make these 7 stupid writing mistakes?

As writers, we may sometimes think of editors, agents and other people as being the gatekeepers who reject our work and keep us from succeeding, but in fact, we can be our own worst enemies. Being reluctant to perform crucial yet possibly mundane stages of the writing process can weaken the strength of your novel. […]

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