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The One Hour A Day Writing Method finding time to write May 26, 2019

Here's the good news. You already have the time you need to write your novel.

Get cracking! Up with a coffee at early light, creating your world, at play before real life kicks in! You're...

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How to Outline a Novel starting to write May 19, 2019

Wherever you are with your novel, here's something which could help you see the big picture of plot fast. 

On my fourth draft of a novel, and so mired in the material, I needed a...

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Writing With Insight novel writing process May 12, 2019

Immersive writing and insight are intimately related and inextricably so.

This is what Tolstoy shows us. It's what makes Tolstoy a great writer.

Following on from the last blog on the...

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Write Like Tolstoy: Anna Karenina. May 05, 2019

In the 1870's Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910) experienced a profound moral crisis. During the writing of Anna Karenina, he went through a personal metamorphosis from sensualist to ascetic....

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How to Handle Rejection as a Writer Apr 21, 2019

 How to become a published author? Get good at taking criticism, writes our founder, Louise Dean.

As author of four published novels now, I remember the step-change in my writing came back in...

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Top Tips For Writing Novels novel writing process Apr 14, 2019

The Novelry is the worldwide novel writing school. Here are our top ten novel writing tips - you're unlikely to find them elsewhere. 

  1. You're the author, you get to play god. Play dirty.
  2. ...
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Contrast in Writing novel writing techniques Apr 07, 2019

It is with modest boldness, I say to you that creativity is about putting two things together which should not go together.

Such as modesty and boldness.

The greater the opposition between the...

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Rumours of a Hero hero books novel writing techniques Mar 31, 2019

The mystique of the elusive hero-figure is one of Louise Dean’s favourite forms. Its a ‘bystander’ narrative, often first-person, concerning a mysterious...

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How To Stop Overwriting? editing your novel Mar 24, 2019

Been rejected by literary agents? You could be over-writing. Here's how to stop!

The ailment of overwriting afflicts most first drafts. It is the writer's common cold. If you have...

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The Patient Process editing your novel Feb 17, 2019

Revise, revise!

The value of revision becomes manifestly abundant over the course of our very intense weeks on retreat at The Novelry, with writers taking prose through rounds of work towards...

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How to Add Voice to Your Writing in 5 Steps Jan 06, 2019

 

'Your voice. Yes, find it. Don't ask me how. It's a discovery that's as mysterious as it sounds, but at some point you will suddenly realize that you are channelling an authentic part of...

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The Midpoint novel writing techniques Dec 02, 2018

If you're about to write a novel, start with the midpoint. That's the place to build your world around.

The midpoint is the point of no return in the story, where the character undergoes a crisis,...

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Are Creative Writing Courses Worth It? Oct 28, 2018

We all learn to write. If you're serious about something, generally you will want to learn how to do it well. I wonder why some writers feel they need to look down on aspiring writers...

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How To Get The Idea For Your Book starting to write Oct 21, 2018

The idea for your novel doesn't often come to you whole and complete, writes founder of The Novelry, Louise Dean.

If you're writing historical fiction then it may do, as mine did for This Human...

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