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Exposition in a Story editing your novel novel writing techniques Aug 27, 2023

What is exposition in a story? And how do you add backstory while keeping the reader engaged?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of including too much (or too little!) exposition in our...

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How Many Words in a Novel? Word Counts by Genre editing your novel novel writing process Aug 13, 2023

How many words should your novel be? Many of us will spend months, if not years, coming up with a spectacular plot and incredible characters. You might set out to pen a contemporary novel that...

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Are You Ready? When To Query Agents editing your novel literary agents Jun 25, 2023

Are you ready to send your novel to literary agents and publishers? Are you sure?

Trust us when we say it’s a big mistake to send your novel out into the world before it’s really ready....

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What Is Chekhov’s Gun and How Can You Use It? editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 26, 2023

You may have heard the term ‘Chekhov’s gun’ thrown around in conversations about effective writing and plot development – particularly if you’re writing crime and ...

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Pacing a Novel: Practical Tips editing your novel novel writing techniques Mar 12, 2023

Whatever genre you’re writing in, the pace at which your story moves is incredibly important. In fact, pacing isn’t just for novels; if you’re working on a short story, a...

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Show, Don’t Tell editing your novel novel writing techniques Nov 27, 2022

‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ It’s a classic piece of writing advice editors love to dish out, particularly to new writers. It’s touted as pretty much the golden rule of fiction...

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The First Draft of a Book with Laura Purcell editing your novel guest authors historical fiction Nov 06, 2022

Writing the first draft of a book is not only brave, but hugely exciting. The possibilities are endless at this stage! Plus, when you have a complete first draft in your hands, you know that the ...

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Ajay Chowdhury on How to Rewrite a Story editing your novel guest authors Feb 13, 2022

A truth many writers would rather not acknowledge is that the editing process is a big part of the writing process. And – what’s often even scarier – the rewriting process is a...

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Stacey Halls on Being Edited editing your novel guest authors Dec 19, 2021

Stacey Halls is the author of The Familiars, which was the bestselling debut novel of 2019. Her second historical fiction novel The Foundling was published in 2020, and her...

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How To Write a Synopsis for a Novel editing your novel getting published Dec 05, 2021

If you want a literary agent to represent your book, you’re going to have to write a damned good novel synopsis. That’s right – it’s not enough to spend months of your...

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Self Editing For Fiction Writers: 10 Top Tips editing your novel Oct 24, 2021

Writing a novel is incredibly hard. Then you get to the end of your first draft and relief sets in – but it’s short-lived. The seemingly insurmountable brick wall of self editing for...

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What Does an Editor Do? editing your novel getting published Aug 29, 2021

People within and outside the world of creative writing and professional publishing often wonder: what does an editor do? And why are there so many different types of editors we hear about?...

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Our Editorial Director – Lizzy Goudsmit Kay editing your novel meet the team Aug 01, 2021

We are thrilled to have Lizzy Goudsmit Kay as our Editorial Director, and wanted to give you a chance to get to know a bit more about her. She’s an absolutely brilliant editor and a real joy...

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Rough Draft vs Final Draft: Before and After editing your novel novel writing process Jul 19, 2020

The writing process can feel like a long one; when you’re working on your rough draft, the final draft of a manuscript seems almost unfathomable. Even the difference between the first and...

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