The Creative Writing Blog

Ranked #1 Worldwide*

Original articles from bestselling authors and publishing professionals.


What Is Story? starting to write Jun 14, 2020

Understanding the intricacies of story is such an essential tool for anyone trying to write a book. All the genres require a solid bedrock of story. Whether you’re writing a factual or...

Read more
Meet Katie Khan meet the team May 24, 2020

Katie Khan is an author of speculative fiction novels, where science fiction meets romance, and a writing coach at The Novelry. Here Katie Khan tells us about her writing journey. 



Read more
Writing the First Chapter of a Novel novel writing techniques starting to write May 17, 2020

If you’re wondering how to write the first chapter of a novel, we can relate. It’s a big question!

After all, the first chapter of a novel needs to do some heavy lifting to start the...

Read more
Louise Doughty on Writing crime and suspense guest authors Apr 19, 2020

Ever wondered where novelists find ideas for their books? How do we get to that first, all-important step on the quest to write a novel? And how can we burrow far into the real and imagined worlds...

Read more
Creative Writing Genres: Their Driving Force and Impact novel writing process starting to write Mar 01, 2020

Literary genres are decisive when you’re writing fiction. In fact, your literary genre should be one of the first things you consider. It is the first thing an agent assesses on your...

Read more
Best Book Titles starting to write Dec 20, 2019

In my younger and more vulnerable years,” (to borrow from the opening line of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald) an author would write a novel many times over many drafts,...

Read more
Susie Bower’s Success Story graduates success stories Dec 08, 2019

How The Novelry saved my writing life.

"Kill the dragon," said Louise Dean, founder of The Novelry.

I was enmeshed in one of my all-too-frequent cycles of Writer’s Doooooom. My...

Read more
Orwell's Writing Style novel writing process Nov 10, 2019

In this special blog, we will delve into George Orwell's own development as a writer to greatness.

How did Orwell make the leap from The Clergyman's Daughter to works like Animal Farm and 1984,...

Read more
How to Write a Book About Yourself novel writing techniques Oct 20, 2019

Can you write a book about yourself and your own life story? It’s one of the questions we get asked the most, and a natural one when you start writing. After all, we’ve had the mantra...

Read more
First Lines of Famous Novels starting to write Oct 10, 2019

The first lines of novels can, understandably, be stressful for writers. We often feel pressure to start with a bang, or beauty, or unparalleled genius. That’s a lot to ask of...

Read more
Writing a Fantasy Battle Scene fantasy novel writing techniques Oct 06, 2019

Writing a battle scene is undoubtedly a thrilling prospect for a fantasy writer. Whether it’s the climactic battle that seals your main characters’ final fate, a muted fight scene that...

Read more
Good and Evil in Literature novel writing techniques Sep 29, 2019

Good and evil in literature has long been a universal theme of our stories – and not just evil stories, or those that ruminate on the entrenched power structures that human beings live under....

Read more
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 learn how to write a book fast, it’s quite straightforward: write daily. Routine wins the race. Most of my writers follow the...

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

As you write, do you ever feel worried about whether your work is really good enough? Are you plagued by self-doubt, and a niggling critic in your head? Do you try to shrug off imposter...

Read more

Get on the list!

Get unique insights, expert writing resources and the latest publishing trends every Sunday!