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Thriller Story Ideas and the Influence of Fairy Tales crime and suspense starting to write May 16, 2021

Are you looking for a story idea for a thriller? Maybe you’ve got an amazing character you want to star in your novel, but you’re not sure exactly what they’ll get up to. Or you...

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Tackling My First Draft starting to write May 09, 2021

In this blog post, Emylia Hall shares her experience of finishing her most recent first draft. It can be a tumultuous experience, with thrilling highs and overwhelming panics about the editing to...

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How to Make Tons of Money as a Writer how to get published novel writing process May 02, 2021

Meg Rosoff is best known for the novel How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Prize, Printz Award, and Branford Boase Award and made the Whitbread Awards shortlist. Her second novel, Just in Case,...

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An Introduction to Kate Riordan and Her Love of Historical Fiction historical fiction Apr 25, 2021

Kate Riordan is the author of 3 historical fiction novels and one of our lovely writing coaches at The Novelry. In this blog post, Kate explains why she writes historical fiction...

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How to Write Villains for Children’s Books character development novel writing techniques writing for children Apr 18, 2021

The villains in children’s books are often what make stories come alive. Good baddies (if you will) capture the imagination – especially of a child. They’re who kids most...

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Veronica Henry on Trusting the Process guest authors novel writing process romance Apr 11, 2021

Veronica Henry is the bestselling author of romance novels and a journalist whose first novel was published in 2002. Her novel A Night on the Orient Express won The Romantic Novel of the Year...

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Sarah Winman on Still Life guest authors novel writing process Apr 04, 2021

Sarah Winman is an international bestseller and prize-winning author of When God Was a Rabbit, A Year of Marvellous Ways and Tin Man. Her debut novel (When God Was a Rabbit), won...

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Erin Kelly on the Connection Between Music and Writing guest authors novel writing process Mar 28, 2021

Erin Kelly is the author of eight novels, including bestselling psychological thrillers. Her sixth novel He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller...

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High-Concept Fiction high concept fiction Mar 18, 2021

Are you interested in writing high concept fiction? Do you have a high concept premise or high concept story ideas you can’t get out of your head? Maybe you do and you don’t even...

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Val McDermid’s Crime Fiction: Narrative Structure crime and suspense guest authors novel writing process Mar 14, 2021

The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for the scintillating crime stories...

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Nikesh Shukla on Writing with Soul guest authors young adult fiction Feb 21, 2021

Nikesh Shukla is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. He is...

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Falling in Love with a Setting novel writing techniques romance Feb 14, 2021

Writing about passion and romance can be great fun, and produce passages that move readers in meaningful ways. Of course, writing about love isn’t limited to the romance genre! There are lots...

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Writing Dystopian Fiction novel writing techniques science fiction Feb 07, 2021

We can find much inspiration in writing dystopian fiction, and a writer’s dystopian world is a great place to exorcise fears and test solutions to our society’s crises. In short, if you...

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Literary Agent Silvia Molteni on Children’s Book Trends literary agents writing for children Jan 31, 2021

If you’re thinking of writing a children’s book, or are interested in children’s literature, you might be curious to hear about what young readers – and the literary agents...

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