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Looking for trouble

Award-winning novelist, Lucy Atkins, says this month’s task is to probe your characters and their circumstances, and turn up the heat


How to write a novel

Conflict is the muscle of all good fiction: dilemmas and unresolved questions; secrets and lies; power struggles; contradictions; thwarted desires. No novel is strong without it. By now you’ll have been making notes of images, themes, characters and locations that interest you. You’ll have drafted some fleeting, possibly disconnected, scenes. You’ll have done a lot of imagining and have a sense of the ‘fictional world’ you want to explore. You might even have a plot outline, or at least a vague idea of where you’ll go.

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