Writing Fiction: 4 Tips To Help You Create A Character Ensemble

When you’re writing fiction, starting a new novel and setting up your cast of characters can be challenging. However, if you meet that challenge, not only will your novel be fun to write, it will also (other things being equal) sell. A few months ago, we spent a writers’ group meeting chatting about character creation. … Read more

A Book Journal: 6 Easy Tips To Help You To Use This Powerful Tool

Have you discovered the power of a book journal? A few months ago, we devoted a writer’s group meeting to journaling. Although many authors favored bullet journals, others used an all-purpose writing journal, and a couple of authors favored project-specific journals: when they started a book, they created a journal for it. Your book journal: … Read more

Writing Fiction: 3 Tips To End Procrastination And Finish A Novel

If you’re writing fiction, you may be procrastinating on finishing your novel. Many authors do. Worst case: you may forget the novel completely. In a recent writers’ group meeting, we shared estimates of how many unfinished novels lurked on our hard drives, so you’ve got a few unfinished novels too, stop feeling guilty. With a … Read more

Writing Fiction: One Simple, Essential Element You May Be Missing

In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed writing fiction, as we often do. A topic came up which intrigued me. I know that I often overlook this simple, but very important element. Writing fiction: is your novel or short story unbalanced? One writer in the group said: “I want to talk about pacing. I’m … Read more

Short Fiction: 5 Powerful Tips For Writing Quick Short Stories

You’d love to write, but you can’t imagine spending months on a novel. Why not write short fiction? Not only will short stories improve your writing skills, they’ll also build your readership. You can write and self-publish a short story as soon as you’ve edited it. Alternatively, you can wait. When you a have a … Read more

Rewrite Your Novel: 3 Powerful Steps To Turn A Mess Into A Book

It’s time to rewrite your novel. In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed the benefits and perils of rewriting. Many authors enjoy their rewrites, because the hard work is done. They know they have a story, they just need shape it into the perfect reader-worthy novel for their genre. That said, rewriting can be … Read more