Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Show characters as they are, revealing their fears and motivations and dreams. Keep characters open and honest before the reader so that the reader understands character motivation and emotions.
Treat readers the way a chef treats his favorite customers—give them the good stuff, prepared with their tastes in mind. Make each story, beginning to end, a tasty one.
If you plan to self-publish, you or someone you hire will be responsible for formatting for print. Allow yourself time to format correctly and to adjust the text to fit into your book’s design.
Bowker is offering 25% off their products and services, including ISBNs. This is a holiday offer, so I don’t know how long it will last.
Take a lesson from a review of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens—give readers more than the expected.
Writing novels and long fiction is hard. But the task isn’t impossible. And writing is fun and satisfying. A bit of encouragement for those struggling with their fiction.
Any word or line of text in a fiction manuscript can be changed. There are no golden sentences or sacred utterings that should stand unchallenged as you rewrite and edit. Writers should expect that the first draft will need extensive changes.
What happens to the comma when you have a question mark or exclamation point midsentence where a comma should go?
Encouragement and tips for taking on the 2015 National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) challenge.
Three very specific questions about punctuation and grammar—are band names singular or plural, is a band’s name a possessive noun or an attributive noun, how do you treat two verbs in the predicate when one’s a linking verb?