NaNoWriMo: How Important Is Setting In Your Novel?

“Who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year?” (A question at our writers’ group meeting.) It’s that time of year again. November and NaNoWriMo loom large. Will you participate? BTW: no matter when you’re reading this, you can use these tips to improve your fiction… Whether you’re joining in or not, if you’re an author, you worry about … Read more

Write Fiction Readers Love: 3 Tips To Convey Emotions

Write Fiction Readers Love: 3 Tips To Convey Emotions

At a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed how to write fiction that readers love and remember. The discussion started when one author said: “Last week I caught up on my reading. I read four (genre) novels. After I finished them, I struggled to remember the characters. And the plots.” (I won’t mention which genre … Read more

3 Easy Writing Tips To Get Things Done In 2020

3 Easy Writing Tips To Get Things Done In 2020

Let’s look at some useful writing tips for 2020, courtesy of our local writers’ group. (Original post from December 2017; edited and updated) Writing tips: start with a process Ouch. I used to have a writing process, but that vanished this year, due to workplace chaos. I wrote about an easy writing process here, and … Read more

Writing Fiction: 3 Tips To Help You To Create Believable Conflict

Writing Fiction: 3 Tips To Help You To Create Believable Conflict

When you’re writing fiction, you’re writing about characters in conflict, and the more believable you can make your novel’s conflicts, the better. Conflicts can be major (battlefields in a war), or minor: “you promised you’d buy milk on your way home!” Want to write a page-turner? Do that by ensuring that the conflicts between your … Read more