Articles about how to write a novel

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Oct 03, 2018

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.

If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Sep 24, 2018

Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

Want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Awesome! Prepare with these tips.

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ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

by Lisa Lepki Sep 17, 2018

ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. Not only can you use both to improve your work at the same time, but there's a special offer on the Fictionary and ProWritingAid bundle: get both for just $99 until September 22nd.

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What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.

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How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

by Jessica Curry Aug 30, 2018

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

The secret to the plotting success of countless famous stories lies in the three-act structure, which effectively breaks a story into a beginning, middle, and an end. But the three-act structure is so much more than that: it gives your writing a framework that directs you while still giving you ample room for creativity and new ideas. In this article, we examine how to use the three-act story structure.

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How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

by Zara Altair Aug 20, 2018

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

Your character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel so you have easy access to details as you write. In this article, we examine how to create and use a character bible.

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Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

by Zara Altair Aug 20, 2018

Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

Discover the difference between clues, evidence and red herrings. Then, scatter them throughout your mystery novel to lead the detective and your reader down the discovery path to solving the puzzle. There's nothing like a good "who-dun-it!"

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Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

by Zara Altair Aug 09, 2018

Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

Wondering what to name your book? We discuss the steps to choosing a title for a novel, how to brainstorm titles, compare them to other titles in your genre, and test for feedback from readers.

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Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

by Lisa Lepki Jul 18, 2018

Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

The best way to learn about great writing is to read great books. Writers need to read differently from other people. They can't just sit back at let the story wash over them. They need to be studying the work of their favorite authors and constantly asking themselves questions.

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Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

by Zara Altair Jul 17, 2018

Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

Try these six story exercises to test your idea for a novel. Avoid wasting time on an idea that doesn’t work before making a commitment to an entire novel.

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Upcoming: Free Writing Workshop with Jerry Jenkins

by ProWritingAid Jul 17, 2018

Upcoming: Free Writing Workshop with Jerry Jenkins

A 21-time New York Times bestseller, Jerry Jenkins is the author of more than 190 books, which have sold over 70 million copies. Join our live webinar at 1 pm EST on July 25th when Jerry will be sharing the process that he has used to write four books a year since 1974. He'll also be doing a live Q&A after the training.

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Growing The Writing Cooperative

by Stella J. McKenna Jun 18, 2018

Growing The Writing Cooperative

“The Coop” is more than just a Medium publication — it’s a community. And it’s growing.

The motto of The Writing Cooperative is, “Helping each other write better”. This phrase ultimately guides all that we do.

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The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Jun 06, 2018

The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers NOTE: After getting a ton of amazing feedback from users, we updated this page for 2018.Check it out here: Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers - updated for 2018

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

by Zara Altair Jun 01, 2018

Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

by Kristina Stanley Jun 01, 2018

Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

How do you create a story that your readers will love from your first draft? Your top three considerations should be character, plot, and setting.

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The Best Dystopian Novels of All Time

by ProWritingAid May 19, 2018

The Best Dystopian Novels of All Time

We’re covering one of the most challenging genres to read and write: dystopian. What happens to our world when everything goes wrong?

Speculating about the future, which usually has turned for the worse, creates some of the most dysfunctional dystopian worlds that stick in our memory for years. In this article, we examine our top dystopian picks.

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Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

by Jennifer Xue May 09, 2018

Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

Fiction writers don't start from scratch. They can utilize existing character and story archetypes, personality and emotional types, and the goals and the fears of each type. Combining them in a strong storyline is almost a guarantee for creating best-selling works.

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Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

by Kathy Edens May 08, 2018

Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.

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Writing a Mystery? How to Get Readers to Love Your Sleuth

by Zara Altair Apr 30, 2018

Writing a Mystery? How to Get Readers to Love Your Sleuth

How to create a sleuth readers will love. Check this strategy to build your mystery protagonist from concept to detail.

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The Best Horror Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

The Best Horror Novels of All Time

This April, we're sharing 30 horror stories everyone should devour. See which tales set readers' spines tingling, followed by our own top picks.

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