How to Write Your Novel

Dylan Thomas' writing shed. Copyright Jeremy Bolwell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Dylan Thomas’ writing shed. Copyright Jeremy Bolwell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

When I was younger I used to love the books of Roald Dahl. I remembering borrowing Boy from the school library and keeping it for months. When I got a bit older I learned that the adult Dahl had a very particular writing ritual. He would go down to a shed in his garden and write in longhand on yellow paper, keeping six sharpened pencils on his desk. No more, no fewer. It was an odd ritual, I thought, but it worked for him. Continue reading “How to Write Your Novel”

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The two ways to plan your book

Planning
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If you’re planning on writing a book, there are plenty of resources online about how to plan to write. This resource from the Guardian is pretty comprehensive, going into detail about sketching out your characters, setting, plot and so on. There is also this one from the Writers Bureau, which mentions well-known techniques like summarising your book in a sentence. Continue reading “The two ways to plan your book”