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Articles by Nicholas Sparks


How To Learn The Craft

Learning to write is like learning anything else and can be broken down into three general parts. Research First, there are entire books written on this subject, and it's important to realize that any information I give will be in greatly abbreviated form. With that in mind, the first step would be to read a

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The Four Basic Elements Of Any Novel

It's critical to understand these elements and how they are related. 1.  Plot There are many definitions of plot, but plot is essentially the story, or the events that make up what the book is about. Plot, of course, is defined by conflict, either internal (coming to terms with the loss of a spouse, for

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How The Four Elements Are Related

Plot, Style, Character Development, and Length are always related. Any good novel has exactly the right balance of each, one that is appropriate to the genre and story. Also, it's important to note that genres tend to "weight" those four factors differently. In literary fiction, the weighting generally goes something like this: Most important factor:

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The Business Side Of Publishing

Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars. Keep that in mind. I say this because of the volume of mail I receive from unpublished writers who believe that "having a good story," is enough to guarantee success. It's not. I hate to

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Three Steps To Becoming A Successful Author

Success can be defined any number of ways. For the purposes of this section, let success be whatever "your" version of it is, with one caveat: you want to be able to write novels and earn enough to make a living. If you only want to get a book published simply for the sake of

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Advice For Finding An Agent

There are only three steps to this: Write a great novel Research literary agents Write a great query letter 1. Write a Great Novel Make your novel the best you can make it. Make it original, with an exciting plot, great writing style, and interesting characters and settings. Don't send it up if "it just

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