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Outlining a Novel: Is it Really Necessary? By Tess Gerritsen guest authors starting to write Jun 19, 2022

The idea of outlining a novel is one that may strike dread, panic or even tedium in a writer’s heart. Are we really expected to have our entire novel outlined before we put pen to paper?

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Writing a Murder Mystery? Here are 5 Top Tips crime and suspense novel writing techniques Jun 12, 2022

Writing a murder mystery can be baffling and thrilling in equal measure. If you’re writing a murder mystery, try these five top tips to connect with character and lean into the questions...

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The Stages of Publishing: After the Book Deal how to get published Jun 05, 2022

As a writer, it can be easy to amalgamate all the stages of publishing a novel into one (sometimes distant!) process. But it’s actually much more complex than that. There are lots of steps...

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How to Write a Hook for Your Novel novel writing process May 29, 2022

From the desk of Jack Jordan.

If there’s one thing any writer has to nail to ensure success for their novel, it’s writing a hook.

During my years of writing and publishing books, I have...

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Sophie Kinsella on Motivation and Where to Find It guest authors motivation May 22, 2022

Writing a book is like having a baby.

This is a comparison that’s often made – and having written over thirty books and had five babies, I concur. There’s the same giddy journey...

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Suspense Writing: 5 Top Tips crime and suspense novel writing techniques May 15, 2022

Suspense writing is an amorphous and multifaceted concept, but Kate Riordan wants to make it straightforward.

Having written five novels – including the Richard and Judy book club pick The...

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Writing Your Next Best Novel novel writing process May 08, 2022

Our Founder Louise Dean looks back on how she wrote her second novel and beyond; how ideas sometimes come fully formed, but only rarely – and explains how to write your best novel yet.

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What is a Trope? fantasy science fiction May 01, 2022

Tropes can make for fantastic stories, but the thing is: they have already been made into fantastic stories, which is why they’re now tropes. 

If you’re thinking that...

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What’s the Difference Between Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction? writing for children young adult fiction Apr 24, 2022

We're delighted to welcome Krystle Appiah to our editorial team at The Novelry as our in-house specialist in children's and YA fiction. Before joining us, Krystle was an editor at Macmillan...

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AJ Pearce on Writing a Complex Character character development guest authors Apr 10, 2022

There’s nothing that brings fiction to life like complex characters. To read them is a joy. But to write them… That can be a little trickier. How do you make characters memorable,...

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The Octopus Scheme scholarship Apr 03, 2022

We're delighted to announce our scholarship program The Octopus Scheme, an initiative to nurture writing talent from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not...

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Madeleine Milburn on 2022 Publishing Trends literary agents Apr 03, 2022

Madeleine Milburn is the literary agent responsible for discovering some of the highest-selling and award-winning contemporary authors who consistently hit the bestseller lists in the New York...

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Clare Mackintosh on Coping with Failure guest authors novel writing process Mar 27, 2022

With more than two million copies of her books sold worldwide, Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times number 1 bestsellers I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie,...

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Writing Competitions writing competitions Mar 20, 2022

From the desk of Tash Barsby.

Should I be entering my novel into writing competitions and prizes?

‘It’s not about winning, it’s the taking part that counts’ – how many...

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