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Writing a Novel

Advice on the unique challenges of starting to write a novel, and seeing it through completion.

How to Write a Novel

With regard to novel writing, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Which is why we decided to ask our readers for their advice on how to write a novel: our article on the topic offers one perspective, but it wouldn't strike h…

How to Write a Novel
Though there are no hard and fast rules for how to get from first draft to bookstore shelf, these tips will guide you through this most labor-intensive craft.

Five Tips to Avoiding Total Disaster as a Novelist
Kris Saknussemm, author of Zanesville: A Novel, offers his advice on making it as a novelist, cautioning against filling notebooks with useless information and advising writers to be unreasonable.

Six Signs Your Story Wants to Be a Novel
Does your story beg for more pages? These points will help you evaluate whether or not to expand your story into a novel.

The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist
Thomas McCormack, the former CEO and editorial director of St. Martin's Press and author of The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist, shares publishing stories and advice on getting your novel into the right hands.

Is Your Idea Novel-Worthy?
If you're going to commit years of your life to a project, you obviously want to be sure that it's worth it. So how do you know if your idea is novel-worthy? A few questions will help you decide.

Testing New Ideas: A Simple Strategy
How do you know if your idea is compelling? Robert McKee, in his book, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, has this tip for testing out a new idea.

Quick Tip -- Idea Box
One way to ensure that you always have a place to turn for new ideas is to keep a box or notebook for phrases, conversations, or images that inspire you.

Profile of National Novel Writing Month
Every November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) spurs writers all over the world to write -- or at least attempt to write -- an entire novel in one month. Founded in Oakland, CA, NaNoWriMo not only encourages writers to tackle a big project, but also raises money for children's libraries in Southeast Asia.

The Truth in Fiction
How do you make fiction read like non-fiction in a novel? How can you make your fiction believable? Advice for creative writers.

Tragedy and Disease in Fiction
How should death and disease be handled in fiction?

"Clearing Your Throat": thoughts on the act and emotion of editing
Thoughts on editing and the act of cutting your words to benefit your story.

How to be a parent and a writer
Where did the time go? How do you both write and parent?

Interview with fiction writer Amy Shearn
Amy Shearn, author of THE MERMAID OF BROOKLYN, talks about writing fiction.

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