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Meet The Agent - Marina de Pass literary agents Oct 11, 2020

The Soho Agency is one of our roster of partner literary agencies to whom we pitch our authors’ finished novels. We’re very pleased and proud to work with this great team who represent...

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Ruth Ware on Writing Psychological Thrillers crime and suspense guest authors Oct 04, 2020

Ruth Ware is the New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key. Here she tells us about her writing...

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Close Encounters: the Narrative Point of View novel writing techniques Sep 20, 2020

There are many choices to make when you begin writing a novel, and the narrative point of view is a pretty fundamental one. 

Some of a writer’s options could be laid out on a starter...

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Clare Pooley on Finding Your Voice guest authors novel writing techniques voice Sep 13, 2020

Let me share a secret with you: The Authenticity Project is not actually my first novel. Lurking in the very bottom of a bottom drawer, is a bound, annotated and rather dusty manuscript of another...

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Harriet Tyce - One Last Throw guest authors motivation Sep 06, 2020

Surely it was time to give up on the writing? But no, Harriet Tyce gave it one more throw... She's now a Sunday Times bestselling author. Here she tells us how close she came to giving up. Read on!...

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Getting Back To Writing motivation starting to write Aug 30, 2020

Don't we all love Back to School September? August is the cruellest month for writers. As it draws to a close, we salute all of you who have made it through the month with your manuscript a...

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Writing Dual Timeline Books dual timelines novel writing techniques Aug 16, 2020

Writing a dual timeline book brings up many questions. Should you write one story first, then the other and weave them together? Or should you write in chronological sequence? 

You might be...

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Creating Atmosphere in Fiction novel writing techniques Aug 09, 2020

There's no denying the importance of creating a potent atmosphere in fiction, particularly in the opening chapters where we’re really focusing on drawing the reader in. In one of our...

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How to Write Clean, Good Prose novel writing techniques Jul 26, 2020

It’s true that in many first drafts, the story and characters can feel thin and under-written; often, the problem with prose is the exact opposite. It’s over-written. We have the...

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Before & After: First to Last Draft editing your 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 meet the team Jul 12, 2020

Meet our writing coach Emylia Hall, a bestselling author and a Richard and Judy Book Club favourite. She's a wonderful teacher, a mother, a fellow of The Royal Literary Fund, and she's currently...

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Suspense Writing with Kate Hamer crime and suspense guest authors 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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Writing Crime Fiction with Mark Billingham’s Tips crime and suspense guest authors Jun 21, 2020

If anyone knows about writing crime fiction, it’s Mark Billingham. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime novelists, Mark’s series featuring DI Tom Thorne has twice...

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What Is Story? starting to write Jun 14, 2020

Many books have been writing on the matter of storytelling, none have proven definitive. Our philosophy at The Novelry is simple—tools, not rules. We don’t believe in a format,...

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