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25 February 2020

How to plan your novel in ten steps

by Jennifer Kerslake From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Every author will ultimately develop their own approach to planning and writing a novel and there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all solution. Nor is there a consensus among the professionals. If you’re wondering how to plan your own novel, here are ten steps to get you started.

11 February 2020

How to prepare your Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course application

by Clare Alan How To ..., Writing Tips

Clare Alan is a tutor on our first ever Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course, and an experienced script editor and producer who has worked on a range of TV and film projects in the UK and Ireland, including Solomon & Gaenor, factual drama The Investigator, Dangerfield, Silent Witness and The Vice. As the […]

16 January 2020

How to start writing a novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Are you settling down into the new decade by starting to write a novel? Have you been mulling over a good story idea for years but failing to actually get it started? Or perhaps you’re putting words down but feeling unsure of what you’re doing and where you’re headed with it? Writing a novel can […]

29 August 2019

How to give your novel pace and momentum

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

This week, the Curtis Brown Creative team are back in the office after our respective dreamy summer holidays (sigh), and I decided to run a little Twitter poll: Having read a few disappointing books while I was away this year, I asked people to name the ONE thing that makes them want to abandon a holiday […]

26 March 2019

How to edit a novel – working on the big picture …

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

How to edit your novel – our tips on tackling your structural edit and getting on a firm footing with your rewriting process.

07 February 2019

How to choose the right setting for your novel

by Gytha Lodge How To ..., Writing Tips

Gytha Lodge reveals the importance of properly establishing time and place and shares three of her top tips for getting the setting of your novel right.

07 January 2019

How to write the perfect pitch letter to an agent

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

How do you write the killer pitch-letter for your novel? Here are Anna Davis’ top 15 tips on how to make your letter stand out from the pack.

05 December 2018

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

24 August 2018

How to write great dialogue in fiction

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

Well-handled dialogue is one of THE essential ingredients of a good novel. And yet it’s something that many writers struggle with and even shy away from. The trick to writing great dialogue in fiction is to make your characters’ speech carry the ring and rhythm of real-life conversations without actually trying to recreate them verbatim, […]

09 August 2018

How to create great characters in fiction

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

All of us need to think hard about how to create striking, memorable characters in our novels and stories – so really there should be something for everyone here.  So here goes … We have four separate pieces of writing advice plus writing exercises here for creating great characters in fiction… 1. Using little everyday details […]

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