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Ali Smith's Writing Style ali smith Nov 26, 2017

Five Ways to Write like Ali Smith

1. Write fast

The Brexit vote was 23 June 2016. Ali Smith's novel Autumn, dubbed the first Brexit novel, was published October 16th. Ali Smith...

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Novel Writing Course Review Nov 26, 2017

By Louise Tucker.

Want to write your novel sooner rather than later? Here’s how.

It's 6.30 am, it's dark and windy outside, and I am sitting at my computer, writing. This is all The Novelry,...

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Can You Write a Book About Yourself? Nov 12, 2017

This is one of the most common questions I'm asked.

Here's the answer.

Yes. But don't make it about yourself.

“All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of...

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How to Start Writing a Book Sep 24, 2017

See this picture?

The little lodge in the middle of nowhere, with a raging fire and food and drink and you inside all toasty warm looking rather charismatic putting down thousands of words of pure...

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Annie Proulx Books and Writing annie proulx Sep 17, 2017

There is a commonality to the writing writer’s writing life. It is a love of reading and the joy of the craft and getting better at it.

The joy of the craft comes from daily tickling....

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The Word Counts of Famous Writers word counts of writers Aug 14, 2017

Are you normal?

As part of our peering over writers' shoulders to see whether we are in any way 'normal' please find here the calibrations. 

I write hundreds of thousands of words to...

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About The Novelry about the novelry Aug 13, 2017

A cautious accounting would reckon on some 3.5 million words of serious writing chalked up between us all at The Novelry so far this year.

From our collaboration as novelists working side by...

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Meeting Gore Vidal gore vidal Jul 30, 2017

From the Desk of Louise Dean.

"We should stop going around babbling about how we're the greatest democracy on earth, when we're not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic." Gore...

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How to Write Better Books Jul 29, 2017

Top tips for writing better books.

From Booker listed, award-winning author of literary and historical fiction, Louise Dean.

1. At the core of every good concept is a paradox. (Find it, and you've...

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Write a novel in 90 days ninety days novels Jul 29, 2017

Ninety Days???

Dear hearts don't be faint-hearted. It can be done. Don't be hard on yourself. Get your first draft down in 90 days so as to become acquainted with the story in a real sense.

 

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Getting Started as a Writer Jul 09, 2017

When I was living in New York in the late 1990's, in my early twenties, I wanted to be a writer. I was writing short stories and poems and thinking about writing a novel. I decided to learn as much...

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James Baldwin Writing Advice james baldwin Jun 20, 2017

“You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” James Baldwin

James Baldwin was an essayist,...

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Fear of Plotting fear of plotting Jun 04, 2017

Almost every one of my writers tells me that plotting is their concern. 

The Novelry has a no-nonsense approach to plotting.: stop it, and write!

Some writers do prepare an outline and some...

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Me & Coetzee jm coetzee May 20, 2017

I read Disgrace by JM Coetzee in the year 2001 when I was living in New York. I had written two books; flops. Disgrace focused my intentions. It became apparent to me that there were heights almost...

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