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Now Novel – Now with Groups

Now Novel – Now with Groups

I’m still busy with that book…some days there’s more inspiration than on others. It helps if you have somebody to egg you on with the writing. I’m lucky – I have a nagging friend (thanks maatjie) and now I also have the new Groups feature at Now Novel. Groups provide a space for conversation, support and critique, all essential in keeping you writing.  More

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The start of a story

The start of a story

Haral listened to the drums beating in the harbour below the tower window. The sound from the Mesmer ships started up every evening at dusk and continued well into the night. Before him on the hardwood desk rested the letter from the Mesmer ambassador, opened and discarded. Another demand for more access to his court. He sighed. Their game was doomed before it had started. Bergen’s history was littered with upstarts and would-be heroes who sought to conquer the small island state. All of them gone now – absorbed into the country’s insatiable bowels. More

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Finally writing that novel

Finally writing that novel

Now NovelSome of you may be aware that my blog writing activities have been curtailed by my novel writing activities. The two shouldn’t be mutually exclusive but since this is a first novel I’m trying to focus my attention on one thing at a time. I have always wanted to write a book. Getting started seemed to be the biggest problem in the process. Fortunately I have a friend who had a great idea to help wannabe writers like me get going. An inspirational PDF document from her is what moved me from thinking to doing. So, if writing a novel is on your Bucket List but you don’t know where to start you should go visit www.nownovel.com – a website by the team that got me going.

Now Novel is an online writing course created by brother-sister team Brendan and Bridget McNulty. Bridget is a published author (her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, was published in South Africa and the USA) and she shares all her tips, tricks and insider information during the Now Novel process.

It’s more than just an online course, it’s more of a guide to how to complete each step of writing the novel – from creating an idea to testing if that idea is really strong enough to support a whole book, coming up with plot and setting details, creating in-depth character studies and even being given a roadmap for what needs to happen when.

As well as the website there’s an inspiring blog filled with writing advice, a forum where you can discuss any writing frustrations with other aspiring authors and a Facebook page with pics and quotes that only book geeks will appreciate!

In short, it’s all the tools you need to finally write that novel… Except the words, that is.

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Novels and writing tools

Last week I came across an article on JulNoWriMo (July Novel Writing Month) and feeling brave, I promptly joined up. I have this idea for a book that’s been rattling around in my head for almost two years now. This (I thought excitedly) would be a great motivator to get that book onto paper. Although I have been dabbling in small pieces of writing for a while now, I have never attempted anything larger than the odd blog post and website page. Now that I have been busy for almost a week I realise that updating the blog is much more fun compared to the discipline required to get 50 000 words into an acceptable order. But being the geek I am, I did find some great tools to help the aspiring author.

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