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How to write a novel | creating a mood

Junction 10 M6 Motorway

If you’re following my blogs about writing a novel, you’ll know my story is about Nick. His parents were killed in a car crash in America and  he went on a road trip in a camper can. He met Lily on his travels and they have formed a love-hate relationship.

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How to write a novel | suspense

Junction 10 M6 Motorway

If you’re following my story of the love-hate relationship between Nick and Lily, you’ll know that they have travelled in the camper van to Shropshire and Nick has been taken on as an assistant gardener working at a big house. The Lord of the Manor is Mr Knight, the antagonist in our story.

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How to write a novel and make it plausible

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If you’re following these blogs about writing a novel, then you will know the story is about Nick and Lily. Nick is typically English and a little reserved and Lily is American and extrovert. So far they have travelled in Nick’s camper van to Shropshire in England, after being thrown together by circumstances. That sounds plausible, doesn’t it?

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How to write a novel | Emotions

Junction 10 M6 Motorway

If you read last week’s post then you will know that my protagonist, Nick has met Lily and they are forming a love-hate relationship. They decided to stop at Nick’s home in Birmingham on the way to see Lily’s university friend, Vicky. People are interested in people, what they do and how they feel. Writing a novel is about people’s emotions. This one is meant to be humorous, but doesn’t need to be a laugh a minute. The drive along the motorway would give a lot of opportunities for humorous dialogue.

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How to write a novel | Colloquialisms

English Countryside

For weeks now I’ve been developing my story about Nick, who has lost his parents in a car accident in California. He decided to sell up and go on a road trip around the English Countryside. I’m getting a little inspiration from the photographs that I took on Sunday. This is as close to the English Countryside that I get!

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How to write a novel | Comedy

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If you’re following my story of Nick and Lily, you’ll know Nick is on a road trip in a camper van and meets Lily in a quaint English village. Nick has no choice, but to help Lily when she becomes stranded after her hire car breaks down. So for much of my story, Nick and Lily share a relatively cramped camper van. They are two very different personalities. Nick is quiet and unassuming; Lily is loud and assertive. The love-hate relationship between them provides some opportunities for humour, particularly in the dialogue. This is how a story develops and it’s a good idea to make notes, especially of any funny lines you can think of. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Simple editing

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This photograph was taken by Simon James with a Samsung Galaxy smart phone, which shows you don’t need a fancy camera. It was taken in December when the light wasn’t very good, but the white building reflected some light and I made the picture lighter when I edited. (more…)