Juno Dawson: Writer and Juggler
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1w ago
The writing life brings all kinds of rewards – personal fulfilment, creative exploration, professional freedom, an office that roves wherever your heart desires... But one reward that isn’t always guaranteed is the financial sort. In fact, even some of the most successful and lauded writers – like Juno Dawson – find themselves juggling lots of different jobs.  So how do they do it? What can earning a living from your writing really look like?  In this blog post, Sunday Times best-selling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, podcaster and columnist Juno Dawson share ..read more
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Writing Competitions 2023
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2w ago
Writing contests are a great way to practice your skills, hone your craft and get your name out there among fellow fiction writers. They’re also fantastic opportunities for those working in creative non-fiction, poetry, scripts and sometimes even hybrid writing or multimedia projects. As well as helping establish your name, many emerging writers and seasoned pros alike find writing contests a refreshing way to tackle a topic or theme that’s less familiar to them, or think more laterally about the topics they do like to write about. Plus, there’s often a nice cash prize and/or publication in a ..read more
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Narrative Perspective
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3w ago
Few things can alter a story as quickly as shifting the point of view from which it’s told. Think about it: tell the same tale from a first person perspective, and then switch that to a different character’s perspective. Next, try a third person limited point of view. Then consider a completely omniscient narrator. Or go more avant-garde and think about how it might sound from a second person point of view. You’ll quickly notice how the shape of the story, the experience of hearing it, are completely altered depending on the point of view. It’s not just how we access the character’s thoughts t ..read more
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Writing Tips From Authors
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1M ago
We asked over 200 successful published authors what would be their one top tip they would give to other writers – the silver bullet – and we’re pleased to share them with you for happy writing in the year ahead. Funnily enough, their answers clustered into a few key areas, so there is a consistency to the tried-and-tested novel writing process, and you may find that in itself very reassuring. Follow in their footsteps and you too can write a bestseller! The Novelry’s Published Author Survey In support of Book Aid International, we agreed to donate five books for every author’s response to our ..read more
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The Best Writing Podcasts
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1M ago
As writers, we may not always actually be writing – as much as we (mistakenly) tell ourselves we should be. But even in our downtime, we’re usually thinking about writing. And one of the ways we can make our not-quite-downtime from writing extra productive is to lose ourselves in one of the brilliant writing podcasts out there. Podcasts are a great way for aspiring writers and seasoned pros alike to hear about the ups and downs of the writing journey, and stay up-to-date on shifts in trends. Listening to an inspiring podcast is also a wonderful way to hunker down in the cold months, and keep y ..read more
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Saga Fiction: Why Should You Read (and Write) It?
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1M ago
You may – or may not! – have heard the term ‘saga fiction’. You’ve almost certainly seen saga on supermarket bookshelves and the UK bestseller lists – it sells by the millions. But what exactly do we mean by saga fiction? Does it bring to mind mythological suspense and epic tales like The Lord of the Rings – magical creatures in a fantastical world, entangled in battles and quests? Or does it make you think of how readers consume fiction nowadays – voraciously tearing through long, drawn-out tales, spoiled by years of binge-watching and excellent book series? This isn’t what it is – in th ..read more
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An Interview with Kristin Hannah
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2M ago
Kristin Hannah has published 24 books that traverse eras and geographies, spanning far beyond California and the Pacific Northwest where she grew up. From occupied France during World War II to the dust bowl during the Great Depression, Kristin’s powerful prose and careful research conjure vivid, rich settings. And whether they’re part of the French resistance, pursuing the American dream or simply seeking a better life and hope for the future, Kristin’s characters grapple with themes and challenges that are deeply relevant today: nature and environmental disaster, female courage, the lessons ..read more
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Show, Don’t Tell
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2M ago
‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ It’s a classic piece of writing advice editors love to dish out, particularly to new writers. It’s touted as pretty much the golden rule of fiction writing, and – although we staunchly believe in Tools Not Rules here at The Novelry, we can see why. Failing to follow this mantra can make otherwise excellent writing feel a little flat, and mean readers lose interest in what is actually a great story. But this nugget of wisdom probably has a lot of authors banging their heads against the wall wondering what on earth it means, and – crucially – how they are supposed to utilise ..read more
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A Guide to Story Structure
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2M ago
Before we get into the specifics of different story structures, it’s worth considering the importance of having a solid scaffold for your tale. Although structuring your story might seem like a lot of work, it’s indispensable – for you and for your readers.  Firstly, let’s dispense with any supposed artistic concerns. Employing a story structure doesn’t hinder your big idea or your creativity; it serves both. The structure of your novel can serve your theme, in fact, it should serve the theme, and it can almost perform the theme. What’s more, many, many writers find that a tight ..read more
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Alix E. Harrow on Breaking the Writing Rules
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2M ago
As writers, we’re often confronted with lots of mantras and – dare we say – writing dogma. But if you’re at all familiar with The Novelry, you’ll know we tend to reject these out of hand. Tools, not rules is the only mantra we’re interested in. And one celebrated author who loves to throw out the rulebook is Alix E. Harrow.  Alix is a bestselling and award-winning author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January was an LA Times bestseller and finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. She fo ..read more
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