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Our Competition - The Firestarter 2019. Jan 13, 2019

Time to add some heat to your writing.

Get working on that first chapter to clinch the top spot in our annual competition The Firestarter which recognizes the potential of a novel from the...

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How to Add Voice to Your Writing in 5 Steps voice Jan 06, 2019


'Your voice. Yes, find it. Don't ask me how. It's a discovery that's as mysterious as it sounds, but at some point you will suddenly realize that you are channelling an authentic part of...

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The Novelry Annual 2018 Dec 26, 2018

A huge thank you to all of our wonderful members for a fabulous writing year in 2018.

We have laughed, we have whinged, we have celebrated. We have been there for each other. (Enjoy the candid...

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The Writer's Solstice solstice Dec 21, 2018


The Writer's Solstice.

Welcome to the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere - the time when we experience the longest period of darkness and the shortest daylight hours before the...

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Finishing a Novel finishing a novel Dec 16, 2018

As you write that last chapter, the temptation is very strong to share some of it. That's when you need a good friend, or better a bad one, or far, far better a fellow writer to tell you -


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Start at the Middle of your Novel midpoint Dec 02, 2018

If you're about to write a novel, start with the midpoint.

That's the place to build your world around.

The midpoint is the point of no return in the story, where the character undergoes a crisis,...

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Gertrude Stein & Ernest Hemingway ernest hemingway and gertrude stein Nov 25, 2018


I've been enjoying a spot of Gertrude Stein's 'How To Write' which you can buy here. It was this great lady to whom Hemingway turned for writerly advice (read more below.)

'If you can't say...

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Hold Back the Stars - The Movie Nov 18, 2018

Our member Katie Khan's novel is being made into a movie.

We are thrilled to announce that our member Katie Khan's novel 'Hold Back the Stars' is being made into a movie!

Two of Hollywood's...

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Tales from A Writers' Retreat. Nov 11, 2018

The writers gathered, windswept and willing, in the vale of Marshwood on Tuesday afternoon last week.

We'd come past Stonehenge, down through valleys with breathtaking views, hilltops with...

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The Structure of a Novel. structure Nov 03, 2018

Creativity can be unleashed by structure. I remember from my days of advertising how awful the creative work was if the brief wasn't tight. I've broken stride in writing my new novel...

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Are Creative Writing Courses Worth It? Oct 28, 2018

Creative Writing - Can You Learn It?

Hanif Kureishi famously dismissed the teaching of creative writing, saying that writing a story is:

'a difficult thing to do and it's a great skill to have....

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How To Get The Idea For Your Book idea for a book Oct 21, 2018

The idea for your novel doesn't often come to you whole and complete, writes founder of The Novelry, Louise Dean.

If you're writing historical fiction then it may do, as mine did for This Human...

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Novel Writing 101 novel writing 101 Oct 14, 2018

'There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.' Somerset Maugham.

At The Novelry we like to tell our writers there are no...

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9 Signs That You're a Good Writer breakthroughs in writing Oct 07, 2018

I see breakthroughs weekly in my writers' work and I thought I'd share some of the signs with you of a step-change in the quality of the work, from good to bloody brilliant. (Next stop...

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