Tag Archives: writing fiction

A useful checklist for novelists

This checklist claims to be the 10-step checklist to writing an above-average novel. My guess is that most people know it isn’t that simple. Especially those who have tried the process. But still, it is a good common sense summary … Continue reading

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Would you like to write fiction?

If you are thinking about writing fiction, but don’t know where to start, now is the time to sign up for a free Open University course, which starts on 25th September 2017. Start Writing Fiction is led by Derek Neale, an award-winning … Continue reading

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How to motivate your bad guy

Being bad isn’t as easy as you might think. The baddy is an essential part of many stories, but it is  difficult top get them right. Here is how to motivate your bad guy. Visit my websites via the links … Continue reading

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How long did it take to write some of the world’s most famous books?

If you are wondering how long it might take to write a book, or if you are getting depressed that your book is taking a long time, this chart might interest you. One more example of huge variation in the … Continue reading

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Start Writing Fiction: a free online course starts on 3rd October

This course, run by the Open University, looks good. And it is everyone’s favourite price. Free. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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An approach to revising your novel

For most people, there comes a stage in the process of working on a book where going through it one more time isn’t an attractive option. But on the other hand, you know it isn’t finished. That is when you … Continue reading

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Foreshadowing tips for fiction writers

Today’s post is a useful one for fiction writers about the device of foreshadowing. Rather optimistically titled 7 awesome foreshadowing tips for fiction writers. Now let’s look up awesome. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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All you need to know about punctuating and formatting dialogue

Dialogue is an important part of fiction. It brings your world to life, and moves your story along. Writing it well is in art in itself. So is setting it out. Here is all you need to know about punctuating and … Continue reading

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The 17 most popular genres in fiction and why they matter

Your book may be astonishingly different from the rest of the crowd. But it is still important to think about genre. If you are aware of the expectations of the readers of your genre, you stand more chance of getting … Continue reading

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A collection of links for writers

This is an interesting list of blog posts for writers, covering an awful lot of ground. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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