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Fables fable Apr 22, 2018

"Alas,” said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far...

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Pantser or Plotter? Apr 03, 2018

You can plan all you like, but at some point you've got to write as every Pantser knows.

So you have to know when to stop planning. If you plan too far you lose the will to write and the magic that...

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The Power of Silence silence Mar 28, 2018

We write, don't we, in spite of people?

I have thought, when dedicating my novels, as I do at the outset, that they might just as well be devoted to those names not just with love, but also...

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The Purpose of Fairy Tales fairy tales and fiction Mar 25, 2018

 

We are storytelling animals.

The Novelry is home to storytellers. We are the worldwide school for novelists, some published, most aspiring, and we're the number one destination for writers...

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The Magic of Writing Fiction Mar 22, 2018

You've got to love William Blake. 

'A Woman clothed with the sun, & the moon under her feet, and / upon her head a crown of twelve stars; and behold a great red dragon also.'

Blake has...

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The Winner is... firestarter 2018 Mar 04, 2018

We're on fire.

We are a community of writers dedicated to pushing, cheering, dragging, cajoling, bribing each other over the finishing line of 'The End'.

 The purpose of The Novelry is to make...

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How to Get Started Writing a Children's Book. writing for children Feb 25, 2018

 

Conflict is the essential ingredient to a children's story.

Start by locating the source of evil in your world. The real evil in Narnia, Wonderland, and Neverland is time.

Kronos (or Cronus)...

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How to Become a Successful Writer Feb 17, 2018

 

Successful writers make time to write.

Are you busy?

As in you have a great deal to do and don't have enough time?

Right-o. Yup. I haven't yet met anyone who isn't, have you? 

You have...

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Creating A Fiction Classic wonderment Jan 21, 2018

'It is wonder that infuses Narnia, the land where trees and animals talk and a mighty lion is always liable to irrupt when least expected.'

Colin Duriez and David Porter 'The Inklings'

The Inklings...

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Stories are easy. Life's hard. Dec 31, 2017

The God of New Beginnings.

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings....

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Writing a Book for Beginners Dec 17, 2017

Hello. You're Not Dead! But, you feel stale.

You keep tidying stuff, chucking out crap, or wiping down the kitchen counters.

You toss books aside as ‘too easy’ or too hard’.

You...

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How to Write a Classic write a classic Dec 10, 2017

I’ve never paid attention to the features of my story which might make it more likely to be a bestseller.

But I’m all grown up now, so I thought I'd best take a closer look at the...

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Writers Need to Play More Dec 03, 2017

‘Playing’ as children, is partially a rehearsal for growing older, for trying on lives. As children, we put on the clothes -  the ties and high heels - of our parents and try them...

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When Your Novel Sags in the Middle Nov 30, 2017

So you're in the middle of a novel and it's all gone a bit saggy.

Here are 3 reasons why.

First of all WELL DONE for creating so much material. Hats off and I'm betting you’ve struggled...

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