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Writing a novel - 7 tips from bestsellers

Writing a novel: 7 tips from bestselling authors

Writing a novel requires that you pay attention to the many elements of a book that factor into whether or not it is an excellent read. Great writing advice will help you to finish and take further steps to publication when your book is complete. Read advice from seven bestselling authors on how to write a book: […]

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How to plot a romance novel

Almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people. Some novels focus on triangular love situations. A strong plot is the difference between keeping your reader turning the pages and abandoning the book. The following tips on how to plot a romance novel should help you write a well-plotted romance: 1. Don’t let […]

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Modern-day Novel Writing

While many of us still love the idea of a cabin in the woods, next to a lake, with nothing but a notebook and fountain pen to dip into while inspiration flows, the reality is that writing a book in the modern age is much more about computers, fitting writing into real life, and knowing […]

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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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Creating mood like Haruki Murakami

Mood has a great deal to do with the success of a piece of fiction because it is related to how the story makes the reader feel. A writer aiming for a melancholy or surreal mood in fiction could study the novels of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami for tips on how to achieve those moods. […]

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How to sit down and start writing a novel

Once you’ve done the Now Novel process and planned your book, you’d think the hard part was behind you. And in many ways you’re right, but then comes the next step: actually sitting down and starting to write. Here are a few foolproof tips: Be sure to strike a balance between having things in place […]

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Who JRR Tolkien was before The Lord of the Rings.

It’s no exaggeration to state that J.R.R. Tolkien invented the contemporary fantasy genre as we know it today or at least the part of the genre that concerns itself with invented worlds, quests for treasure or magic and mythical races and creatures. But before he became one of the most famous and best-selling writers in […]

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Why write a novel? Twitter tells us

Why is writing a book a dream for so many people, and so satisfying for others? There are a number of reasons… Why write a book? Because the exhilaration you feel when holding it in your heads is like being hit by a tornado and staying alive. — Ksenia Anske (@kseniaanske) October 2, 2013 Writing […]

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