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How to describe eyes in a story - 7 tips from Now Novel

How to describe eyes in a story: 7 simple tips

Learning how to describe eyes in a story without resorting to cliché helps set your writing apart from amateurish fiction. Many beginning authors over-rely on eye descriptions and eye colour to create an impression of their characters. Here are 7 tips for talking about your characters’ eyes creatively: 1. Avoid fixating on eye colour. 2. Make […]

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Pacing in writing - Now Novel shares tips on writing better story pacing.

What is pacing in writing? Mastering pace

What is pacing in writing? In fiction, pacing refers to how quickly (or slowly) the action of the story unfolds. Why is pacing in a story important? Because it helps to keep the reader interested and maintains a desired atmosphere and tone. A suspense thriller shouldn’t move at a crawl, just as an adventure novel […]

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How to get better at writing daily - 10 methods

How to get better at writing daily: 10 methods

Learning how to get better at writing daily will do wonders for your writing style and craft. You can improve writing skills quickly if you set aside as little as half an hour per day to add something new to your writer’s toolkit. Here are 10 easy tasks you can set yourself to raise the […]

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How to end a story -Typewriter

How to end a story: Write satisfying closing chapters

If you have ever found a book spoiled by its ending, you know it’s important to learn how to end a story well. Here are 8 pointers on how to end a novel. When you’ve written a draft ending, submit it for writing critique. 1. Decide the type of story ending you want Ending your novel requires many […]

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Writing tips from Ursula K. Le Guin

Writing a novel: 8 writing tips from Ursula K. Le Guin

The esteemed fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin has often provided great advice for writing a novel. In interviews, public speeches, essays and her writing manual Steering the Craft, Le Guin provides many insights into how to write better and master your prose. Here are 8 of Le Guin’s best tips for writers: Study every […]

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How to self-edit - 8 top editing tips for fiction writers

How to self-edit your writing: 8 tips

Learning how to self-edit your writing empowers you to polish your prose. Ernest Hemingway famously quipped that you should ‘write drunk and edit sober’. This might not be good advice for teetotallers (or in general). But there is a grain of truth in Hemingway’s words: you need a state of mental clarity that allows you to […]

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write a plot outline with the help of this infographic

How to write a plot outline: The Infographic

Learning how to write a plot outline is an essential skill if you want to become a prolific author. Whether you find the distant target of reaching a substantial word length or the creation of a satisfying, forward-moving plot daunting, if you write a plot outline for your novel in advance you will have a […]

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First drafts: what they should and shouldn’t be

A first draft should have neither too much nor too little importance attached to it. It is a place to work out ideas and explore your story’s potential, but it is generally not the right place to worry about rewrites or line edits. Writers approach first drafts in a number of different ways. Very few […]

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Lessons from the Masters

Writing lessons from masters of craft

One of the most marvellous things about writing is that we are surrounded by teachers – literally all the books you read can teach you something (good or bad) about the art of writing. When you read the masters (those writers who have clearly figured out something very special in their genre), you can learn […]

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