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Before and After: From First to Last Draft. revising a novel Jul 19, 2020

As I entered into the fourth draft of my current novel, set in Brooklyn where I lived happily for a few years at the turn of the century, I turned back to console myself that the redrafting process...

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Meet Emylia Hall - Our New Tutor. emylia hall Jul 12, 2020

Emylia Hall, a bestselling author of four novels and a Richard and Judy Book Club favourite is joining The Novelry as a tutor. She's a wonderful teacher, a mother, a fellow of The Royal Literary...

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In Serious Trouble - Suspense Writing with Kate Hamer. kate hamer Jul 05, 2020

 

The bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat, Kate Hamer explores the story starter of 'fairy tales' which is where the magic of our Classic course begins, the course designed to help...

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How to Find a Literary Agent literary agents Jun 28, 2020

 

Katie Khan.

Many of you may be putting the final tweaks on the third or fourth draft of your novel (or later!) and considering the right time to query an agent. There are a few things to...

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Writing Crime – Tips From Mark Billingham crime writing tips mark billingham Jun 21, 2020

 

Our guest tutor, Mark Billingham, is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. His series of novels featuring DI Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel of the...

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What Is Story? what is story? Jun 14, 2020

 

'There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.' Somerset Maugham.

It's the same for story. Numerous books have been writing...

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Member's Story Jun 07, 2020

 

There was something in the air at The Novelry last week, the 'sense of an ending' one might say, the changing of seasons, and we saw many of our writers slamming down the first draft of...

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Meet Katie Khan. katie khan May 24, 2020

 

I’ve been a reader longer than a writer, and I think that’s true for most people who pick up a pen to write a story. More and more I’ve been thinking about my Year 5...

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Chapter One chapter one starting the first chapter May 17, 2020

 

The first chapter of a novel needs to do some heavy lifting to start the story. Once you realize that what needs to be done follows a fairly clear format, it makes light work of the...

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Louise Doughty on Writing Platform Seven. faber and faber louise doughty Apr 19, 2020

 

Louise Doughty describes the strange lure of station platforms that inspired her to write the wonderful suspense thriller, her latest book, Platform Seven, published by Faber & Faber.


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Metaphor. metaphor Apr 05, 2020

 

 A Dirty Word?

From the Oxford English Dictionary:

A figure of speech in which a name or descriptive word or phrase is transferred to an object or action different from, but analogous...

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Starting To Write A Novel. scrivener starting to write a novel Mar 29, 2020

 

On the 16th of February, I was walking my dog with a friend who is in his late Sixties. He was telling me about his grandmother. His mother was bullied by a girl when she was a child in...

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The Second Novel & Beyond. second novel Mar 22, 2020

 

 

We have all heard of the 'enfant terrible' of the second novel.

The much-feared 'Second Novel Syndrome' bodes not so much a happy ending as a marked drop in sales leading down the...

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The Firestarter 2020 firestarter 2020 Mar 15, 2020

 

Thank you all for taking part.

We have had some trailblazing first chapter entries to this year’s competition. Thanks to all of you who entered and those who voted. 

The...

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