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Kirstin Chen on Writing Three Novels, Including Counterfeit guest authors May 28, 2023

Some writers have a fascinating career trajectory and Kirstin Chen is certainly one of them. The New York Times best-selling author of three books, Soy Sauce for Beginners, Bury What We Cannot...

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The Blair Partnership: Agents’ Submission Wishlist literary agents May 21, 2023

Finding an agent is a huge step on every writers journey and deciding who to send your manuscript to is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. At The Novelry, were here to help. On...

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and the Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations meet the team May 14, 2023

Congratulations to our writing coach Rachel Joyce on the film adaptation of her award-winning novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which is in cinemas now! The novel was published in 2012,...

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A. A. Dhand on Writing a Page-Turner crime and suspense guest authors May 07, 2023

We were thrilled to be joined by A. A. Dhand for a live Q&A this month with our writers. It was such an insightful session that we decided to share a little bit here on our...

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L.R. Lam on Writing Across Genres fantasy meet the team science fiction Apr 30, 2023

Many writers have questions about changing genres – we rarely read just one genre, so why wouldn’t we consider writing books that span as far as our readerly joys do? Of...

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Rebecca Ley on Writing The Trip graduates success stories Apr 28, 2023

The best novels take us on a journey to memorable places. At its finest, destination fiction can be escapist; a sun-baked thriller or a snow-filled farce take us away from our everyday routines....

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How to Write a Romance Novel romance Apr 23, 2023

Ever wondered how to write a romance novel? We’ve all daydreamed about – or even lived – our own love story, and writing romance can be almost as thrilling. Still, to borrow from...

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Worldbuilding: Who, What, Where, Why & How fantasy science fiction Apr 16, 2023

One of the big questions we get asked at The Novelry is how to create satisfying and immersive worldbuilding. It’s a huge part of writing in any genre; the setting is a memorable part of...

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The Octopus Scheme 2023 starting to write writing competitions Apr 14, 2023

We’re delighted to announce that our scholarship program, The Octopus Scheme, is relaunching for 2023! The Octopus Scheme is The Novelry’s initiative to nurture writing talent from...

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How to Start Writing a Book starting to write Apr 09, 2023

The moment you start writing is perhaps the most exciting of the writing process. But don’t worry if you also find it daunting! You have the whole world at your fingertips, with only the...

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5 Creative Writing Prompts to Develop Your Craft novel writing techniques starting to write Apr 02, 2023

While writing inspiration can strike at any time in your everyday life, there are many things we can do to get our creative juices flowing or stir up some story ideas when the dreaded...

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What Is Chekhov’s Gun and How Can You Use It? editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 26, 2023

You may have heard the term ‘Chekhov’s gun’ thrown around in conversations about effective writing and plot development – particularly if you’re writing crime and ...

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The Elements of Yann Martel’s Writing Life guest authors Mar 19, 2023

Yann Martel is the author of eight published works, including novels, short stories and collected letters – several of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His third...

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Pacing a Novel: Practical Tips editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 12, 2023

Whatever genre you’re writing in, the pace at which your story moves is incredibly important. In fact, pacing isn’t just for novels; if you’re working on a short story, a...

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