The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

Are you drowning in drafts? In this article, find out how to assign an objective to each draft, how to prepare for that draft and the techniques to use when actually writing it. Read this guide to making each draft count, with projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

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Famous Planners and Pansters We'll Be Inspired By This NaNoWriMo

Famous Planners and Pansters We'll Be Inspired By This NaNoWriMo

Whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. For every successful novelist out there, there's a different way of approaching writing a novel - and they all think their's is the right way. Find out which bestselling authors plan their novels down to the chapter and which fly by the seat of their proverbial pants.

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How to Teach Reading: Whole Novel vs Extract Texts

How to Teach Reading: Whole Novel vs Extract Texts

Still teaching reading with text extracts? Here's why you need to start using whole novels in your classroom. We've got 7 creative ideas to help you get it right.

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Webinar: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Novel With Book Coach, Jennie Nash

Webinar: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Novel With Book Coach, Jennie Nash

In this webinar, Book Coach Jennie Nash, CEO of Author Accelerator, will show you how to avoid building your novel on shaky foundations. Find out how to avoid this heartbreaking and costly mistake by focusing on your point and your purpose. Register for FREE now!

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How to Learn Storytelling from Stand-Up Comedians

How to Learn Storytelling from Stand-Up Comedians

Stand-up comedy is a great American institution – and you may not realize it, but it's also a great source of expert storytellers. Let's take a look at a few of the best comedians of all time and how they can make you a better writer.

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Avoiding Deus Ex Machina: How to Create a Satisfying Payoff in Your Novel

Avoiding Deus Ex Machina: How to Create a Satisfying Payoff in Your Novel

Storytelling doesn't have to be ultra efficient, but it does need to make sense. If you've ever watched the ending of a movie and thought "that was convenient," it probably used deus ex machina. Avoid sudden twists of fate and learn how to set up the payoffs in your novel with these tips and examples.

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Why Everyone Should Tell Better Stories

Why Everyone Should Tell Better Stories

Stories have been with us since the beginning of time. Before the written word, if you wanted to pass information to the next generation, you told a story. The same is true today. We’re all storytellers. Storytelling is a skill anyone can learn and it’s one you need for both speaking and writing. Here’s how to hone your skills and captivate others’ attention.

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Beat Writers Block and Write Your Novel With This Novel Writing Roadmap

Beat Writers Block and Write Your Novel With This Novel Writing Roadmap

Writing a novel is a long, hard slog, but following this roadmap will help you to avoid wasted time staring at blank screens, going down blind alleys and writing dozens of scenes that have no place in the final novel. Get started today!

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Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Struggling from a case of writer's block or wondering what's blocking you on the path to publication? Read on to ensure that you're not making any of these fatal writing errors...

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Webinar Replay: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story with Sacha Black

Webinar Replay: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story with Sacha Black

Do your characters feel... lifeless? Learn how to breathe life into your story and characters in this upcoming webinar with author Sacha Black.

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6 Ways to Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice

6 Ways to Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice

Struggling to find your own unique authorial voice? Follow these six steps and you'll be writing your authentic self in no time!

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Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Every great character has a great backstory. Here's how to develop it and choose what to reveal to your readers.

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The Power of Storytelling in Any Situation

The Power of Storytelling in Any Situation

Storytelling is the most powerful way to deliver a message. Why is it so effective, and how can you do it in any medium?

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Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

You can outline a story in great detail... but should you? What happens when you have a new idea in the middle of writing? Instead of having to retool your whole outline, learn to craft your story to allow for surprise—both for you and for your reader.

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