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How To be A Great Writer - Is Your Writing Ambitious Enough? hero books motivation Sep 22, 2019

 “ I'm afraid, I just didn't warm to Cheryl.”

I get to see a lot of novels-in-waiting as you might imagine. Sometimes my writers will share with me the editorial reports or...

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How To Write a Book Fast. The Morning Routine. finding time to write Sep 08, 2019

Happy is the writer with a habit! If you want to write a book fast, write daily. Routine wins the race. Most of my writers follow the encouragement we give to write first thing, fresh from...

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How To Be a Good (Enough) Writer. novel writing process Aug 11, 2019


"And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." John Steinbeck.

Many of my beloved writers at The Novelry suffer from a sickness called overachievement - 'the curse of the...

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Five Steps to Creating a Story starting to write Jul 28, 2019

Here's how to create a story:

1. Know it

An experience or circumstances of which you have direct knowledge as a participant or an outsider looking in

2. See it

Translate it - to a...

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How to End a Book - Famous Last Sentences last sentences Jul 14, 2019

It's hard to know for sure when you've reached the end of a novel. You're battle-weary. You can't see the wood for the trees. It's the forty-fifth draft...

By Louise Dean.

The story makes...

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Disaster Story Ideas and Elements Jun 30, 2019

Writing a high-octane disaster story? They’re undoubtedly fun for readers and writers alike, with pacy plots, heroes to root for and villains to hate. Let’s take a look at the most...

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How to Overcome Doubt motivation Jun 16, 2019

Every novel presents such new challenges, it seems one has never written a novel before. An irksome and bewildering amnesia. Yet again,  your judgement and taste exceed your...

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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!...

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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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