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How To Write A Novel

How to Recognise a Thriller

I was delighted to have an article published on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog about the characteristics of a thriller. Continue reading “How to Recognise a Thriller”

The Theme of a Novel

The theme of a novel is the major issue that underlies the story, and is the lesson or message that it conveys. It is one of the most important factors to think about when planning and writing a work of fiction. When you studied literature at school, the theme of a novel was always an important point for discussion. Now that you’re a writer, don’t forget to give your own story’s theme the same careful consideration. Continue reading “The Theme of a Novel”

The Benefits of Reading Ebooks

I was delighted once again to have a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reading Ebooks”

You need mini-goals to write your novel

Many thanks to Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog for posting my article about having mini-goals. Continue reading “You need mini-goals to write your novel”

The Health Benefits of Reading Fiction

Reading fiction is great for your health. On 6th September 2016, I was thrilled to have  an article published on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Reading Fiction”

The Mood of a Novel

We all know what it means when someone says that they are in a good or bad mood. Every one of us has a range of moods, that cover the spectrum from deliriously happy to gloomy or sad, and that is a sure sign of our humanity. Continue reading “The Mood of a Novel”

Author Spotlight on Writer’s Treasure Chest

I was fortunate enough to be featured in an interview on  Writer’s Treasure Chest. Continue reading “Author Spotlight on Writer’s Treasure Chest”

Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife

I was thrilled to be a guest on the inspirational Sizzling Towards Sixty website. Continue reading “Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife”

The Setting of a Novel

The setting of your novel is a critical element that needs careful consideration and planning. It is the backdrop to your story, and requires as much thought as you give to the characters and storyline. There are several aspects that you need to take into account, including the time period, the location, the mood to be evoked and the level of detail to be used in your descriptions. Continue reading “The Setting of a Novel”

Fiction Genres

Defining Genres

Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading “Fiction Genres”

The Role of Chapters

Chapters are a wonderful invention that help to compartmentalise a novel, breaking it up into sections that are easily read in one sitting. Continue reading “The Role of Chapters”

The Length of a Novel

Standard Word Counts

You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading “The Length of a Novel”

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