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novel writing

  1. shivanib

    I've got a friend who is starting a novel from scratch. What do you do first?

    I've probably 'begun' 3 novels...actually 4. hah. I think I remember just jumping in and writing for my first couple. My last one I remember free-writing, jotting things down and then trying to whip up a rough outline with some goals to make an initial gameplan. What do you do? What's your...
  2. Woodroam

    I'm back! Why is it so hard? See me in the Fantasy Section. PLEASE!

    Hello writers: I am finally returning here after a long absence. At long last I am getting back to writing. I have the entire summer off and I hope to write nearly every day. I’m working on a novel with strong mythological and religious themes. I hope it isn’t too weird to be interesting. I will...
  3. egriffith

    Short stories inside a long one? Bad idea?

    I am writing my first novel, and in the middle, the main character travels to a new location in each chapter. Each location presents a new problem to solve but things get wrapped up by chapter's end. In a writing book I read the author says to cut chapters like this in half at a critical...