How to Write a Novel

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How to get started writing a novel

Maybe you want to write a novel, but don't know where to begin. Here's a step-by-step guide you can follow. How do you develop a plot? Should you make an outline? Find out here. Read more...
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How to get creative writing ideas

Not sure what to write about? Here are some ideas for getting ideas. Find out how to turn a random name into a character and story plot. Read more...
woman blowing dandelion fluff, representing creative writing ideas

Plot structure

Once you have an idea for a novel, how do you develop it into a plot? Learn the essentials of plot structure and how to build your novel from start to finish. Read more...
building with columns, representing plot structure and story structure

How to outline your novel

Outlining your novel can prevent false starts and dead ends. Here are some tips and worksheets to help you outline and write your novel. Read more...
woman on train tracks, illustrating an article on novel outlines

How to write a great beginning

The beginning of your novel is where readers (and agents and editors) decide whether to keep going or to put your novel down. Learn how to write a novel opening that will grab readers' interest right away. Read more...
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How to complicate your plot

Add plot complications and twists to keep your readers' interested and prevent your story conflict from resolving itself too quickly. Read more...
spider web, illustrating an article on story plots and plot complications

How to write a satisfying ending

The ending of your novel determines the final impression that will be left in readers' minds. Here's how to make sure your ending feels right. Read more...
sunset, illustrating an article on story endings and endings for novels

Frequently asked questions on novel writing

What's the maximum number of characters you can use? How many points of view can you include? Answers to common questions about how to write a novel. Read more...
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Elements of a novel

Need a 2-second review of terms like "narrator," "plot," and "narrative point of view"? Read more...
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Types of novels

Thrillers, science fiction, romance, contemporary realism... Find out about different genres to decide which one's for you. Read more...
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How to write a mystery

If you're a mystery buff, you'll have a great time writing a crime novel of your own. Advice on planning a mystery, planting clues, and getting away with murder. Read more...
shadow of a woman, illustrating an article on how to write a mystery

A simple suspense-writing technique

Here's how to provoke your readers' curiosity simply by making them wait for information. Read more...
warning sign, illustrating an article on suspense writing techniques

How to write a thriller

Find out how to write a novel that will get readers hearts racing, their palms sweating, and their fingers compulsively turning pages. Read more...
man standing in car headlights, illustrating an article on how to write a thriller

How to write science fiction

Invent new worlds; explore the wildest possibilities of the universe. Writing science fiction is a chance to push your intelligence and imagination to the limit. Read more...
eerie sunset, illustrating an article on how to write science fiction

How to write fantasy

If you love creating worlds and prefer magic to science, the fantasy genre's for you. But even magic has rules. Read more...
castle in mist, illustrating an article on how to write fantasy

How to write romance

What research should you do before you start writing a romance? How hot can you make the bedroom scenes? Why are romance novels almost always written from the perspective of women? Read more...
rose, illustrating an article on how to write romance

How to write historical fiction

Do you have the makings of a historical fiction writer? Learn more here, and find out how to plan, research, and write your historical novel. Read more...
old photograph, illustrating a page on how to write historical fiction

More on writing historical fiction

Where and what to research before writing a historical novel, and why the research really matters. Learn how to write a novel that transports readers to another place and time. Read more...
photograph of Titanic survivors, illustrating a page on how to write historical fiction

Top novel-writing tips

Avoid amateur writing mistakes and give your novel the best chance of success with these tips from experienced novelists. Read more...
women talking, illustrating an article on novel-writing tips

Online writing course: Story Structure

This eight-week course will take you step by step through the process of developing a story idea and planning your novel. Read more...
spiral staircase, representing story structure

Online writing course: Irresistible Fiction

In this eight-week course, you'll discover how to make your fiction unputdownable. Learn techniques to capture readers' attention and keep them turning pages. Read more...
man reading, illustrating a fiction writing course

How to get started writing a novel

boy writing, to illustrate an article on how to write a novel
Maybe you want to write a novel, but don't know where to begin. Here's a step-by-step guide you can follow. How do you develop a plot? Should you make an outline? Find out here. Read more...

How to get creative writing ideas

woman blowing dandelion fluff, representing creative writing ideas
Not sure what to write about? Here are some ideas for getting ideas. Find out how to turn a random name into a character and story plot. Read more...

Plot structure

building with columns, representing plot structure and story structure
Once you have an idea for a novel, how do you develop it into a plot? Learn the essentials of plot structure and how to build your novel from start to finish. Read more...

How to outline your novel

woman on train tracks, illustrating an article on novel outlines
Outlining your novel can prevent false starts and dead ends. Here are some tips and worksheets to help you outline and write your novel. Read more...

How to write a great beginning

painted door, illustrating an article about story beginnings and how to write a novel
The beginning of your novel is where readers (and agents and editors) decide whether to keep going or to put your novel down. Learn how to write a novel opening that will grab readers' interest right away. Read more...

How to complicate your plot

spider web, illustrating an article on story plots and plot complications
Add plot complications and twists to keep your readers' interested and prevent your story conflict from resolving itself too quickly. Read more...

How to write a satisfying ending

sunset, illustrating an article on story endings and endings for novels
The ending of your novel determines the final impression that will be left in readers' minds. Here's how to make sure your ending feels right. Read more...

Frequently asked questions on novel writing

woman looking upward, illustrating an article with novel-writing tips
What's the maximum number of characters you can use? How many points of view can you include? Answers to common questions about how to write a novel. Read more...

Elements of a novel

man holding book, illustrating a page about the elements of a novel
Need a 2-second review of terms like "narrator," "plot," and "narrative point of view"? Read more...

Types of novels

woman standing at bookshelf, illustrating an article on types of novels
Thrillers, science fiction, romance, contemporary realism... Find out about different genres to decide which one's for you. Read more...

How to write a mystery

shadow of a woman, illustrating an article on how to write a mystery

If you're a mystery buff, you'll have a great time writing a crime novel of your own. Advice on planning a mystery, planting clues, and getting away with murder. Read more...

A simple suspense-writing technique

warning sign, illustrating an article on suspense writing techniques
Here's how to provoke your readers' curiosity simply by making them wait for information. Read more...

How to write a thriller

man standing in car headlights, illustrating an article on how to write a thriller
Find out how to write a novel that will get readers hearts racing, their palms sweating, and their fingers compulsively turning pages. Read more...

How to write science fiction

eerie sunset, illustrating an article on how to write science fiction
Invent new worlds; explore the wildest possibilities of the universe. Writing science fiction is a chance to push your intelligence and imagination to the limit. Read more...

How to write fantasy

castle in mist, illustrating an article on how to write fantasy

If you love creating worlds and prefer magic to science, the fantasy genre's for you. But even magic has rules. Read more...

How to write romance

rose, illustrating an article on how to write romance
What research should you do before you start writing a romance? How hot can you make the bedroom scenes? Why are romance novels almost always written from the perspective of women? Read more...

How to write historical fiction

old photograph, illustrating a page on how to write historical fiction

Do you have the makings of a historical fiction writer? Learn more here, and find out how to plan, research, and write your historical novel. Read more...

More on writing historical fiction

photograph of Titanic survivors, illustrating a page on how to write historical fiction
Where and what to research before writing a historical novel, and why the research really matters. Learn how to write a novel that transports readers to another place and time. Read more...

Top novel-writing tips

women talking, illustrating an article on novel-writing tips
Avoid amateur writing mistakes and give your novel the best chance of success with these tips from experienced novelists. Read more...

Online writing course: Story Structure

spiral staircase, representing story structure
This eight-week course will take you step by step through the process of developing a story idea and planning your novel. Read more...

Online writing course: Irresistible Fiction

man reading, illustrating a fiction writing course

In this eight-week course, you'll discover how to make your fiction unputdownable. Learn techniques to capture readers' attention and keep them turning pages. Read more...




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