How To Write A Novel Step By Step

Step by step novel writing guide

For a new author, writing a novel is similar to climbing a mountain. It’s worthwhile asking yourself how you might do that, if you had to? Like all large projects, it needs to be done in a structured way, if the project is to be completed. Novel writing is a step by step process, and although formulae exist, there is sufficient flexibility to cater for an author’s particular tastes and way of working. Some authors are ‘Pantsers’, so called because they like to fly by the seat of their pants, using the flow of consciousness to create the story. This […]

Online Script Writing Course

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Okay, week one introduction to screenwriting. Hello my name is Jane Pugh and I will be your tutor for the online script writing unit study block – I really hope you enjoy the course. Our first week’s work is threefold. In part one we will discuss what is script writing, what does the script writers do, and how do they do it. Finding ideas and choosing your subject. Research and where inspiration comes from. In part two of this week’s session you will begin to write and develop a portfolio of ideas. In part three we will look at the […]

Tips For Writing A Book For Beginners – The Essentials

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Hi, it’s Peter here again from Writer’s Life and coming up today – essential book writing tips for beginner writers. If you’ve never even come close to attempting to write a book before, even the idea of doing so can seem utterly overwhelming. It may be that you have some writing experience, have written some sorts of pieces for pleasure now and again, or have just been struck with a brilliant idea for a book or an urge to do it, but have no writing experience at all. Whatever stage you are at and how ever used to writing you […]

What Is The Setting Of A Book – How Important Is It?

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Plants everywhere will die, and the animals that depend on them will starve, and the animals that eat those will starve.   Winter will come early, and hard, and it will last a long, long time. It will end, of course, like every winter does, and then the world will return to its old self. Eventually.   The people of the Stillness live in a perpetual state of disaster preparedness. They’ve built walls and dug wells and put away food, and they can easily last five, ten, even twenty-five years in a world without sun.   Eventually, meaning in this […]

How To Start Writing A Book For Beginners – Help Writing A Book

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Without a doubt, the beginning of any complex task is the hardest to accomplish. For beginners, how to start writing a book requires more than learning the technical aspects of beginning to get the novel down on paper. It’s generally agreed among authors, editors and publishers that those first pages are absolutely crucial to your book’s success. The two videos transcribed below look at this from the viewpoint of and editor and an author. As you will find, they agree one hundred percent. The whole craft and point of writing anything is to get those readers turning the page. If […]

How To Make An Outline For A Book – Planning & Structure

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Hi everyone, I’m Stephanie London. Welcome back to my channel. Today’s video is going to be a look at the process that I use when planning to write a book. Now I feel like there’s going to be a lot of information, so I’m probably going to switch this up into two videos. One is going to be looking at the difference between plotting and pantsing, or writing by the seat of your pants, and kind of where I fall between those two things. Also, how that has changed as I’ve written more and more books, and also how plotting […]

How To Write A Story Plot

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Did you know that story and plot aren’t necessarily always the same thing? In casual conversation the words are more or less interchangeable but when you’re actually sitting down to write something, it’s important to understand that these two are independent factors that you must consider. It can be kind of difficult to understand the difference and why that difference is important, so stick with me for a second. To put it simply, plot is two people shooting at each other. Story is why they’re shooting at each other. The why here isn’t because the hero has to beat the […]

How To Outline Novel Elements

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Now I know some of you out there are saying ‘ha! … I don’t do outlines’ and you know what? Fair enough but I am a huge believer in outlines and I’m the type of writer that can’t function without one. Here’s what I’ve realised. There are so many different ways you can outline and just because something works for one book it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s going to be your go-to for future books. Here are the five different methods that you can try when outlining your novel. Number one – the Snowflake Method Number two – the […]

The 8 Point Story Arc Template

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The Eight point Story Arc Template For Planning Your Novel From a reader’s point of view, a good story grips and doesn’t let go. We follow the hero or heroine doggedly, if we can relate to them and like them. We care about what happens to them and how the story ends. that’s why we keep turning the pages. However, this doesn’t happen by chance. The best stories follow a plan called the 8 point story arc. Everything in the Universe has a balanced structure, whether it’s man-made or naturally occurring. Why should a fiction novel or short story be […]

Writing A Book For The First Time

Writing a book for the first time - beginner's tips

When new authors consider writing a book for the first time there are a couple of options open to them. They can join that elite group of people known as Pantsers, who just dive in and get writing, or they can plan what they’re going to do before they start writing their masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong – Pantsers do exist. Among their ranks are authors like Frederick Forsyth, who wrote ‘Day Of The Jackal’ in just 35 days and pushed it into the all-time best-seller ranks for years to come. It’s rumoured that John Grisham wrote his first novel […]