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Top Tips For Writing Novels top ten tips 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 contrast 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 rumours of a hero Mar 31, 2019

This is one of my favourite forms; the mystique of the elusive hero-figure.

It's a 'bystander' narrative, often first person, concerning a mysterious acquaintance, replete with puzzled...

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How To Stop Overwriting? overwriting 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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Three Wise Drafts. drafts of a novel Mar 17, 2019

In the Beginning.

Once upon a time, you told yourself you couldn't write a novel. "I’m too old, too young, too stupid, too clever, too reclusive, too sociable, too lazy, too busy... I...

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The Firestarter 2019 firestarter 2019 Mar 10, 2019

Thank you all for taking part.

With the sad news of the death of the original Firestarter himself, it is to Keith Flint we dedicate these offerings.

We have had a bumper crop of first chapter...

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Mentoring for Writers Mar 03, 2019

Writing with the Old Masters.

Plumbers take apprenticeships. So why do writers imagine they can learn their craft without taking one? That's effectively what we offer writers when you join The...

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Writing from the South - Alabama and That Southern Style Feb 24, 2019

Member's Stories 

This week's Member's Story comes from Walter Smith from Alabama.

'Props' to him - a new word he has taught me. See story for details...

There is a silver bowl in a box...

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The Patient Process patience 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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The Best Writing Course For Writing a Novel. Feb 11, 2019

 

We are delighted to announce that The Novelry has won 2 of the 7 categories for Best Online Creative Writing Courses as judged by the Book Fox.

Winner - Best Course for Writing...

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Coming Home To Yourself As A Writer. Feb 10, 2019

Members' Stories.

This week's story comes from Bec Davidson who joined us this month to write her novel at last.

 A Stranger to Myself

A decade ago, a dark cloak of loneliness settled...

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Your Novel. life-changing tidying Feb 03, 2019

The KonMari Method For Writers.

I love a good edit. I love how close that word is to tidy.

Here's how my novel seems to me to be after the first draft.

Here's how I like to think of my...

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How to Write a Book Quickly? Go Off Grid. off grid Jan 27, 2019

Writing Off Grid.

On Monday morning, I asked Siri what the weather was like. Minus Four, Siri told me.

Waving bye-bye to Wifi I went off into the woods to sit in a shed down the track from my...

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Superheroes of The Novelry. Jan 20, 2019

Ten Second Tips From Writer Superheroes.

Get a shot in your writer's arm when you follow us on Instagram @thenovelry. Here's a selection of this week's top tips which might help you create your...

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