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How to End a Novel: Famous Last Lines last sentences Jul 14, 2019

Story endings are exciting, rewarding and – let’s be honest – sometimes scary. You have to tie together all the loose ends together to somehow form a satisfying ending,...

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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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Tackling Doubt When You’re Writing motivation Jun 16, 2019

If you’ve ever faced doubts or crises of confidence in your novel-writing journey, know that you’re not alone. In fact, pretty much every novelist (or indeed artist. Or perhaps human)...

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The One Hour A Day Writing Method finding time to write novel writing process 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.

I want to show you what Tolstoy achieved with...

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Leo Tolstoy: Writing Style for Anna Karenina May 05, 2019

Leo Tolstoy is one of the most admired authors in the canon of western literature, and his titles are some of the most famous in fiction. For example, War and Peace and Anna Karenina (the focus of...

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Dealing with Rejection as a Writer Apr 21, 2019

Dealing with rejection as a writer is, undoubtedly, a big part of forging a writing career. The fact is, the writer’s life is typically one punctuated with many a rejection letter:...

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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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Convenience Store Woman Analysis: The Power of Contrast novel writing techniques Apr 07, 2019

Convenience Store Woman is a novel by Japanese author Sayaka Murata. This is a warm, eye-opening tale of Keiko Furukura, a woman in her mid-thirties living in Tokyo. Keiko has long felt like an odd...

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Rumours of a Hero hero books novel writing techniques Mar 31, 2019

The mystique of the elusive hero-figure is one of Louise Dean’s favourite forms. Its a ‘bystander’ narrative, often first-person, concerning a mysterious...

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How to Avoid Over Writing editing your novel Mar 24, 2019

Been rejected by literary agents? You could be over-writing. Here’s how to avoid it!

The ailment of over-writing afflicts most first drafts. It is the writer’s common cold. It’s...

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Find Your Voice in Fiction: 5 Steps starting to write Jan 06, 2019

A nebulous but exciting mission you’ll embark on as a writer is the quest to find your voice. We hear much about distinctive authorial voices, and can all recognise our favourites’ in a...

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The Midpoint novel writing techniques Dec 02, 2018

In this blog post, our founder Louise Dean explores the importance of the midpoint of any story. Whatever genre youre writing in, however far you’ve got into your project, however...

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