Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
When you’re in a position to tell writers that a story needs more work before it’s published, tell them. Don’t let writers strut proudly around thinking they’ve mastered storytelling techniques, the fiction elements, and grammar if they haven’t. Share your knowledge.
Shake up your writing life by challenging yourself to write in a new genre.
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.
Encouragement and tips for taking on the 2015 National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) challenge.
The last couple of articles I’ve written have focused on grammar and punctuation. On rules. And while learning rules is important, sometimes we need to focus on other writing concerns. Sometimes we need to immerse ourselves in the power of our passions. Just recently I was dramatically reminded of this need once again. PBS stations in the […]
Every writer and every book gets negative reviews, whether deserved or not. A lighthearted look at reasons why some readers won’t like your fiction.
It’s not a waste of time to finish a first novel, to practice your writing skills with that first novel manuscript, even if it will never be published. But know that the first novel will not be a masterpiece.
While a single skill might have prompted you to begin a novel, begin writing for fun or as a career, that single skill is insufficient for preparing you to write novels. Encouragement for writers to branch out and learn new skills.
Even your most avid fans may hunger for a different protagonist, a different story world, or even a different genre. Consider options for when readers become saturated by elements of your stories.
Invest as much in books one, two, and ten as you did in book one. That is, don’t shortchange books beyond the first one.