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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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Fantasy writing: How your fantasy world’s everyday details

One of the keys to believable fantasy writing is to ground it in tangible, everyday details. By asking yourself what your characters eat, wear, live in and more, you will begin to build a setting that your readers feel that they inhabit along with your characters. Think about your characters’ way of life Thinking about […]

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What The Hobbit characters teach us about character development

If J.R.R. Tolkien knows how to do one thing, it’s create characters that readers love. Luckily, he also knows how to create wonderful worlds and engaging plot twists, too, but it’s the characters who really stick with you after reading one of his books. In the first book in his history of Middle Earth, The […]

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Who Chekhov was, and why modern writers should care

Anton Chekhov. The short story writer named by nearly every great Western twentieth century writer as a significant influence, who shaped the modern short story as we know it, was this nineteenth century Russian writer. Writers of every genre should be familiar with the work of Chekhov because of the extent of his influence on […]

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Editing tips from Raymond Carver

With two versions of American short story writer Raymond Carver’s collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love available, we have a unique opportunity to compare the writer’s original work with the heavily-edited stories that made up the successful collection. We can learn lessons about how editing can alter a story as well […]

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Tips from Ernest Hemingway’s short stories

In novels such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms and short stories including “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” American writer Ernest Hemingway explored such themes as restlessness, war, loss and death and became an enormous influence on modern literature. Writers of all genres […]

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Great tips for writing sex scenes

The writing of sex scenes has been turned on its head by the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy written by E.L. James.  The sex in her books though, as unconventional as it is, is the premise of the entire plot.  While this hasn’t detracted from it becoming a bestseller (quite the contrary!) it has been clearly […]

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How to emulate Hemingway

Hemingway was one of the most notable writers of the 20th century – a fantastic reason for wanting to emulate his writing style! It is from the greats that we can follow guidelines and snatch snippets of style to model pleasing prose. Ernest certainly did have a distinct and influential style, one that continues to […]

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10 Dialogue Tips From Screenwriters

When writing a book, the novelist can describe action to the reader through prose. Screenwriters must convey these actions silently and use dialogue as a primary force to drive their plots. The novelist would be wise to learn from screenwriters how to incorporate effective dialogue when writing a book. The following are some tips, thoughts […]

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