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Character Development in Novels character development Jul 31, 2022

Character development is essential to any great novel. In any genre of fiction – from action studded with high-speed chases to philosophical contemplations of the human condition –...

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Amanda Reynolds on First Publishing in Her Fifties meet the team starting to write Jul 24, 2022

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Reynolds to The Novelry as a writing coach specialising in psychological thrillers and suspense.

Amanda’s first novel, Close To Me, was a number one...

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How to Start a Story novel writing techniques starting to write Jul 17, 2022

For many writers, the question of how to start a story is one of the most panic-inducing. Whether it’s because you know too much or too little about your characters, world and events,...

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How to Write a Love Story: 5 Top Tips (For Every Genre!) novel writing techniques romance Jul 10, 2022

Given both love and storytelling are as old as time, it’s no wonder the question of how to write a love story has so absorbed us.

And it’s possible that this question is only becoming...

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Can Creative Writing Be Taught? novel writing process Jul 03, 2022

Can creative writing be taught? It’s something many of us have pondered. Whether you’re just thinking about taking a creative writing course, or you’re already enrolled and hoping...

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Patrick Gale on Researching Historical Fiction guest authors historical fiction Jun 26, 2022

Research and historical fiction tend to go hand in hand. Before the writer puts pen to paper, they must become familiar with the facts of the period.

But how much research is too much research?

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Writing a Novel without an Outline with Tess Gerritsen guest authors starting to write Jun 19, 2022

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

It’s all...

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5 Top Tips for How to Write a Murder Mystery crime and suspense novel writing techniques Jun 12, 2022

Are you curious about how to write a murder mystery? The endeavour can be baffling and thrilling in equal measure. If you want to try your hand at murder mysteries, try these five top tips...

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The Stages of Publishing: After the Book Deal getting 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 a Novel getting published novel writing process May 29, 2022

It’s a truth universally acknowledged in the publishing industry: if there’s one thing any writer needs to ensure success for their novel, it’s a good hook. It’s how...

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Sophie Kinsella on How to Stay Motivated When Writing a Book guest authors motivation May 22, 2022

The writing process is doubtless a joyful and rewarding one, but it can demand a great deal of motivation and resilience. The first hurdle is often writing inspiration; we wait for some bright...

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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.

From...

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

The word trope comes from the Latin tropus (a figure of speech) and the Greek word tropos (a turn, direction, course, way; manner, fashion). Technically in rhetoric, it refers to figurative...

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