Write Better Fiction When You Enhance Your Minor Characters

Write Better Fiction When You Enhance Your Minor Characters

At one of our writers’ group meetings last year, we talked about minor characters, and our discussion has stuck in my mind. When I create standard minor characters and walk-ons, such as the main character’s best friend, the waitress at the diner, and the car salesman, I look for opportunities to flesh out these characters … Read more

Indie Author: When You’re Too Busy And Stressed To Write

Indie Author: When You’re Too Busy And Stressed To Write

In a recently writers’ group meeting the five of us who are fighting the battle of the indie author discussed why we feel that we’re “not doing enough.” When you’re an indie, there’s just you. You make all the decisions, and if your self-publishing program falters or flounders, you may feel that it’s all your … Read more

Writing Fiction Made Easier: 2 Tips For Using Flashbacks

Writing Fiction Made Easier: 2 Tips For Using Flashbacks

If you’re writing fiction, sooner or later someone will tell you that your flashbacks are unnecessary — they’re ruining your novel. That’s because your flashbacks bring your story to a halt. They kill the pace of your novel, and you lose readers. Readers just want to know what happens next. They don’t care what happened … Read more

Plotting A Series Of Novels: 5 Tips To Get You Started

Plotting A Series Of Novels: 5 Tips To Get You Started

What if you could write a novel which pre-sold your next novel? And future novels too? A series of novels can do that. Series fiction is hugely popular. For an example, look no further than the uber-successful Harry Potter series. There’s big challenge in writing a series of novels however: plotting. Plotting fiction is challenging … Read more