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An Interview with Kristin Hannah guest authors historical fiction Dec 04, 2022

Kristin Hannah has published 24 books that traverse eras and geographies, spanning far beyond California and the Pacific Northwest where she grew up. From occupied France during World War II to the...

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Show, Don’t Tell editing your novel novel writing techniques Nov 27, 2022

‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ It’s a classic piece of writing advice editors love to dish out, particularly to new writers. It’s touted as pretty much the golden rule of fiction...

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A Guide to Story Structure novel writing techniques starting to write Nov 25, 2022

Before we get into the specifics of different story structures, it’s worth considering the importance of having a solid scaffold for your tale. Although structuring your story might seem...

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Alix E. Harrow on Breaking the Writing Rules fantasy guest authors Nov 20, 2022

As writers, we’re often confronted with lots of mantras and – dare we say – writing dogma. But if you’re at all familiar with The Novelry, you’ll know we...

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How to Write a Cover Letter for a Book Submission getting published Nov 18, 2022

If you’re wondering how to write a book submission cover letter, first of all: congratulations! You’ve written a whole novel, and edited the completed manuscript so it’s ready to...

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How to Write a Book Series novel writing techniques writing a series of novels Nov 13, 2022

Have you got a story so rich it warrants an entire series? Are your main characters so complex that their character arcs span multiple books? If so, lucky you! The prospect of writing a series is...

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The First Draft of a Book with Laura Purcell editing your novel guest authors historical fiction Nov 06, 2022

Writing the first draft of a book is not only brave, but hugely exciting. The possibilities are endless at this stage! Plus, when you have a complete first draft in your hands, you know that the ...

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Ten Tips for Writing Gothic Fiction and Ghost Stories đź‘» novel writing techniques Oct 30, 2022

Halloween is here and in the spirit of the spooky season, we’ve been thinking about gothic literature and how we can write gothic fiction that sends shivers down our readers’ spines....

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Literary Agent Rebecca Scherer Shares Her Publishing Wishlist literary agents Oct 23, 2022

As writers, it’s natural to be curious about what literary agents and publishing houses are looking for. After all, securing a literary agent is something many of us who try our hand at ...

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Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing getting published Oct 16, 2022

You might be curious about self-publishing vs traditional publishing, perhaps now more than ever. In recent years we’ve seen self-published authors sky-rocket to fame and success...

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Get Started Writing Historical Fiction historical fiction starting to write Oct 09, 2022

Historical fiction is a rich genre filled with inspirational real-life characters and fascinating historical contexts to explore. But when you decide to write it, how do you get started?

This is a...

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Catriona Ward and the Power of Writing Horror guest authors Oct 02, 2022

Writing horror is a thrilling endeavour, but the genre offers more than spine-tingling fun to authors and readers alike. In this blog post, internationally bestselling author Catriona Ward...

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Three Key Elements of Crime Fiction crime and suspense Sep 25, 2022

The crime genre can be a wonderful playground for writers, where they get to push boundaries, explore human nature, play with reader expectations, and find inventive ways to create suspense. But...

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How to Structure a Scene novel writing techniques Sep 18, 2022

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the enormity of a task – for instance, writing a book? Well here’s your handy guide to breaking it down into manageable chunks that you’ll...

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