Posts from the ‘How to write a novel’ Category

  • How to Write a Story

    May 29th, 2017 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here’s how you create a setting: One hour before nightfall, on a pink-and-blue evening in the third week of August, 2011 … Here’s how you create a character: a solitary man traveling on foot … Here’s how you introduce a situation: entered the small, tree-shadowed town of Clifton — an isolated village about which many […]

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  • How to (Briefly) Write a Novel

    How to (Briefly) Write a Novel

    October 24th, 2013 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here’s how you create a character: Julia … Here’s how you develop your character: liked strong men with brooding features and complicated brains. Here’s how you create a new character: She made Michael’s acquaintance Here’s how you create a setting: in a quiet diner, one warm and windswept autumn evening, along the outskirts of Tucson. […]

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  • Top Five Reasons Your Novel Will Succeed

    Top Five Reasons Your Novel Will Succeed

    February 1st, 2013 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here, in no particular order: 5. Your storyline is compelling You’ve created a sequence of events that progresses logically and purposefully and that culminates in climax. This sequence is called plot. The plot of a short story can (and probably should) involve just one single incident or main conflict. And conflict is clash. A clash […]

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  • How To Write A Novel: The Fast-And-Furious Version

    How To Write A Novel: The Fast-And-Furious Version

    March 7th, 2012 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Here’s how you create a setting: One hour before nightfall, on a pink-and-blue evening in the third week of August, 2011 … Here’s how you create a character: a solitary man traveling on foot … Here’s how you introduce a situation: entered the small, tree-shadowed town of Salt — an isolated village about which many […]

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  • Writing Takes Place Inside The Head

    Writing Takes Place Inside The Head

    September 24th, 2011 | How to write a novel, Plotting | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    Humans spend the majority of their lives inside their own heads, to paraphrase John Milton. One of the primary reasons — and it’s a perfectly legitimate reason — that people give for not finishing a book or a writing project is that they don’t have the time to write. The good news is that at […]

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  • Rules For Writing: Beware The Overly Proscriptive

    Rules For Writing: Beware The Overly Proscriptive

    September 15th, 2011 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    There is a formula (of sorts) to novel-writing, but that formula should always be framed in terms of principles, and not concretes. By concretes, I’m referring to these interminable lists of specifics we so often see that tell us what to do and what not to do but never give us the principle behind the […]

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