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MorgEn Bailey - Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Tutor & Writing Guru

Accent tips

So you’ve started your novel with great enthusiasm. You’ve finished the first few chapters and don’t know where to go next. Running out of inspiration? Woman writing competition judge Jane Wenham-Jones has good advice for unpublished writers taking part in our search for a new star of women’s contemporary fiction.

  1. Remember there is no “right” way to plot a novel – only what works for you. Some novelists plan everything out meticulously before they write a word, others just start typing. Many – including me – know what’s in the first chapter, have a vision for the end and have a few ideas for the major events along the way, but work out the detail as they go. All are equally valid.
  1. Experiment with different ways of planning. Some writers like to use index cards – with notes for each scene or chapter on separate cards and  keep them neatly…

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