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How to be a Good Storyteller: 5 Tips to Take You from Idea to Story novel writing process starting to write Sep 17, 2023

What makes a compelling story? And how can we turn one small idea into an entire novel?

Its not only the kids who go back to school in September – if youre starting to write a...

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How to Start Writing a Book starting to write Apr 09, 2023

The moment you start writing is perhaps the most exciting of the writing process. But don’t worry if you also find it daunting! You have the whole world at your fingertips, with only the...

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5 Creative Writing Prompts to Develop Your Craft novel writing techniques starting to write Apr 02, 2023

While writing inspiration can strike at any time in your everyday life, there are many things we can do to get our creative juices flowing or stir up some story ideas when the dreaded...

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Writing A Book About Your Life memoir starting to write Feb 12, 2023

Do you look back on your own life and think it would make a great memoir? Have you had an amazing life story that seems to have a narrative arc already built in? Do you have an incredible...

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Narrative Perspective novel writing techniques starting to write Jan 08, 2023

Few things can alter a story as quickly as shifting the point of view from which it’s told. Think about it: tell the same tale from a first person perspective, and then switch that to a ...

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How to Write a Book starting to write Dec 25, 2022


How do authors come up with the ideas for their books? What does it take to pen a bestseller? Is it about inspiration, genius, writing style, luck or routine and discipline? When...

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The Best Writing Podcasts getting published starting to write Dec 18, 2022

As writers, we may not always actually be writing – as much as we (mistakenly) tell ourselves we should be. But even in our downtime, we’re usually thinking about writing. And one of...

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A Guide to Story Structure novel writing techniques starting to write Nov 25, 2022

Before we get into the specifics of different story structures, it’s worth considering the importance of having a solid scaffold for your tale. Although structuring your story might seem...

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Get Started Writing Historical Fiction historical fiction starting to write Oct 09, 2022

Historical fiction is a rich genre filled with inspirational real-life characters and fascinating historical contexts to explore. But when you decide to write it, how do you get started?

This is a...

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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 | From The World's Best-Loved Creative Writing School 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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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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How to Write a Novel: 9 Steps novel writing process starting to write Aug 23, 2021

The question of how to write a novel can feel overwhelming in itself. When you’re facing the blank page as you start to write a book, it seems you have a gargantuan task ahead of you.


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Kathy Lette’s Advice guest authors starting to write Jun 13, 2021

Getting published is a big, noble dream – and if it’s one you hold dear, we sincerely hope it comes true for you. But the industry has all kinds of quirks and challenges that we...

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