How To Plot A Novel – Plotter Or Pantser?

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The debate goes on – how to plot a novel for success? Plotters tend to stick to a formula, to make sure that all the story elements are in place, while Pantsers say that it stifles creativity. As with most points of view, there is merit in both sides of the argument and it also depends on the writer’s personality. Some say that they can’t even write the first line until they know what the last line of their novel is. Others say they like the thrill of not knowing where the story is going or what the characters are […]

Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

How To Find Book Ideas

There’s oodles of advice on the internet and elsewhere about planning a novel’s structure and analysing everything from plot to characters,  but where does the original idea for writing a book come from? Does it arrive in a flash of inspiration or the result of hard work and brainstorming? By all accounts, it seems to be a combination of both – this is the real world folks, nothing is black or white! The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be one way or the other. The craft of writing adapts nicely to every author’s whim. Personally, I […]

Help Writing A Book For Beginners & Beyond

Help In Book Writing

With the best will in the world, writing a book is hard. No, let me re-phrase that – writing a good book that’s worth publishing is hard. Writing is easy. Anyone can write and that is a problem with the industry at the moment. Millions of average books are appearing every week due to the ease of self-publishing. A good idea is to get help writing a book from people who have done it before. There are loads of books to help with writing a book and these can be a boon, but the good coaching can make or break your authoring […]

Novel Writing Course Online Review

Online Writing Course Review

Everyone has read the stories about John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth, two authors who wrote best sellers with their first novel. Enthusiastic writers point out that Grisham had no formal training and just wrote by the seat of his pants, without any form of novel writing course online to help him! Forsyth, on the hand, wrote his novel ‘Day of the Jackal‘ in 30 days and we all know the rest of the story. Here’s the rub folks – it ain’t going to happen! The market for new novels in all genres is incredibly crowded today, and a new author […]

I Want To Write A Novel – Where Do I Start?

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It’s been said that everyone has a novel inside them, and for most people, it should stay there! I think that’s a bit harsh. My own opinion is that you should go for it, whatever ‘it’ is. If you firmly affirm to yourself ‘I want to write a novel’, where do you start? Let me say, right from the beginning, that anyone can do anything they set their mind to, but it’s much more satisfying if you know how to go about it. When it’s a novel or any kind of book you’re considering writing, you should know that it’s […]

How To Edit A Book For Publishing – Self Editing Tips

the self-editing process for novels

This post is going to be in two parts and is all about how to edit a book for publishing. It’s easy to think that after finishing your first draft the hard work is done – I’m afraid not! The editing process takes up a large amount of time for a reason – without it, your manuscript has flaws you are not aware of! The first video takes a look at how to self-edit your manuscript before sending it to your beta readers, which is in itself a vital step. The viewpoint of an outsider is how you find those […]

How To Write A Novel Outline

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To outline or not outline, that is the question! We hear arguments for and against, and I’m assured that many prominent authors have had great success writing as a ‘Pantser’, that is, writing by the seat of their pants. It could be exciting, I suppose, writing as a stream of conscience, but from my own experience it’s quite easy to write yourself into a corner with no escape in sight. It would seem, for most people, a plan is a definite advantage to their writing. Knowing how to write a novel outline is the first step in creating a story. […]

Novel Writing Tips For Beginners -The Novel Writing Process

novel writing tips for beginners

Most everyone writes according to a process, even if we sometimes don’t realise it! There are a few who seem to write by the seats of their pants (Pantsers), but most of us need a novel writing process to guide us long the way to a successful novel. Probably one of the most valuable novel writing tips for beginners is to follow a structure for outlining and writing. There are many out there, such as the Snowflake Method, and others that have been adapted by writers of all levels to suit their own particular needs and writing style. The first […]

How To Write A Fiction Book – Mode Of Narration

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The next thing I’d like to talk with you about is mode of narration. Mode of narration constitutes an important decision that you’re going to have to make in your writing right up front. That’s basically how you’re going to tell your story, how it’s going to be constructed. Let’s look at mode of narration in detail. It’s composed of three components. The first is point of view or POV. This is basically who’s telling the story. The next is voice. That’s basically how they’re telling the story. And then there’s tense. That’s basically when did the story take place, […]

How To Write Dialogue Between Two Characters

How to write dialogue

On the face of it, dialogue is pretty easy. It’s just the way characters talk to each other in a novel or movie. Pop the text in between quote marks using the correct punctuation and you’re done! Actually, it’s much more complex than that. Learning how to write dialogue between two characters is absolutely crucial to the success of your book or screenplay. The author has the task of creating a conversation in fiction that seems to be realistic but isn’t at all like people communicate in real life. It gives the impression of effortlessly flowing and getting straight to […]