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Write on: How you can publish a best-seller

Writers no longer face the hassle of having to find publishers or agents who are willing to take them on. Authors can be inspired by the author of Fifty Shades Of Grey that was initially sold only as an ebook.
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10 Things that Red-Flag a Newbie Novelist

Beginning novelists are like Tolstoy’s happy families. They tend to be remarkably alike. Certain mistakes are common to almost all beginners. These things aren’t necessarily wrong, but they are difficult to do well—and get in the way of smooth storytelling.They also make it easy for professionals—and a lot of readers—to spot the unseasoned newbie.

 

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How to Live Cheaply and Finish Your Novel

When you’re starting life as a writer—and even after you’ve graduated from newbie to whatever comes next—two questions will inevitably plague you: 1) how do I

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5 Story Structure Tips For Novelists: Dramatic Throughline

Your story structure is the foundation of your story. Here are 5 tips for novelists on how to structure your story.

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Why the Middle of Your Novel Needs 3 Dramatic Rescue Scenes

Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games keep the intensity high by including at least 3 life-or-death rescue scenes throughout their middle chapters. | See more about The Reader, Heroes and Beats.

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How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel

You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite.

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How to Start a Novel: A Checklist for Editing Your First Chapter

by Anne R. Allen Happy New Year! Congratulations if you won NaNoWriMo in November. And even if you didn’t.

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How To Turn Your #NaNoWriMo Project Into a Real Novel

Back in 2009, I used NaNoWriMo to create the first 20,000 words of what eventually became STONE OF FIRE. nanowrimo into novelBut the words I wrote that month

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How Long Does It Take To Write A Novel?

 

That’s the question I asked myself when I started to outline my second novel, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind. I hear you say: Surely, you already knew

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The Complete Guide To Writing Your First Novel

Assaph Mehr is a software product manager who moonlights as an urban fantasy novelist. Here is everything Mehr learned on the path to becoming an auth…

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The 3 Key Types of “Stakes” that Drive Novels

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How Long Should Your Novel Be?

How Long Should Your Novel Be?

By Victor Salinas

“Every writer, at some point in time, is bound to ask themselves: How long should a book be?

As a novelist you want to make sure the length is right. Too short and your readers will be severely disappointed. Too long and you risk boring them.

In order to help you find the right length for your novel, consider the following questions…”


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Creative Writing: Let Your Story Reveal Itself | BookBaby

Let Your Story Reveal Itself To You

By Andre  Calilhanna

“Much of the joy and discovery of creative writing comes from the process itself. I’m finding inspiration and motivation from the very characters I’ve created.
When I first decided to embark on this NaNoWriMo challenge of completing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, I thought I knew where some of my biggest hurdles would come from. The sheer discipline it would require to write 1,667 words every day for 30 days seemed one obvious issue.

But truly, it’s less about discipline and more about being a magician. How else can you produce the necessary time to write every day? I have tried.

I’ve woken up early, I’ve stayed up late. I’ve snatched time while my son was at soccer practice, writing in the soccer clubhouse (with no heat) instead of glad handing the membership. (I hold the dubious distinction of being the president of the board of the soccer club – which is why I have access to the clubhouse.) I’ve written in a hotel room while on the road, attending a wedding for my wife’s work colleague. I’ve carved out time in the middle of the day, only to have it stolen away by the heating repairman who needed my assistance and seemed to know as much about my boiler as I did.

Point is, I’ve still got a life, two jobs, two school-aged kids, a wife, and a volunteer soccer gig that sucks up time like no paying job I’ve ever had. And I know some variation of this is true for many of you – the writers taking the NaNoWriMo challenge – and I know most of you are probably at 28,339 words, just like you’re supposed to be. (I’m talking to you, Lucy Briggs). That’s astounding. If you haven’t already, congratulate yourself.

For those of you not on the NaNo train, celebrate your writing accomplishments, too. Whatever your goals, whatever your formula, wherever you are in the process. Celebrate your creativity and dedication…”


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How To Finally Finish (And Publish) Your First Novel

How To Finally Finish (And Publish) Your First Novel

By Taylor Cook

“Finally completing that story you have been working on really isn’t as hard as it sounds. Whether you are just starting to write a book and need some direction or have completed one and are wondering what your next move is, I am here to guide you on how to finally finish that book and turn it into a published novel.

First and foremost, you need to finally finish writing it. It’s important to delegate some time to working on it, whether it be once a day or on the weekends. If it’s a shorter story (known as a ‘novella’) then aiming for one chapter per week is a good starting point.

Once you finish a chapter it’s important to stop and read over it and make the changes then and there while everything is still fresh in your mind. Make sure the narrative flows properly and fix as many spelling mistakes as possible while you can. (You will thank yourself for it once you come to the editing phase!)…”

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Writers On The Move: 8 Regrets to Avoid When Self-Publishing Your First Novel

Writers On The Move: 8 Regrets to Avoid When Self-Publishing Your First Novel

Guest post by James A. Rose

“We all have regrets. They are inevitable in some form throughout life. The goal though is to restrict regret as much as possible either through learning from our own mistakes or from the mistakes of others. The process of self-publishing a novel is no exception.

This task is a complicated one with a rather high learning curve. Unfortunately many authors become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that goes into the management and promotion that follows the launch of their first self-published book. This can happen to the best of us. The skill set required to sell a lot of copies is different from the skill set needed to write a great novel…”

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Author Sophie King shows how to write a novel

Author Sophie King shows how to write a novel

“Today we launch the first in a series of articles by published author Sophie King, who shares her own extensive experience of the tips and pitfalls of embarking on the writing of your first novel. Sophie King has had sixteen novels published. Her latest is The Wedding Party, which tells the story of a middle-aged couple getting married in nine months time. She also runs local writing courses. For details, email sophie@sophieking.info

Your first novel! It’s a big thing, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s been a lurking ambition for years – something you will do “one day when there is time”. Or maybe you’ve recently retired or been made redundant which has given you extra hours in the day. But now, here you are, sitting at your desk, with your pen in hand or in front of your keyboard. And suddenly it seems like a very daunting task…

In this new series, I’ll show you how to find an idea that will grab the reader; how to draw convincing characters; how to find the right plotting method for you; how to get to grips with viewpoint; how to write dynamic dialogue and – crunch time – how to get published…”

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