Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
I haven’t written an article of encouragement recently, but since the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is next month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to encourage you to begin a new project, maybe push yourself into trying a new genre or writing style, if only as an exercise and only for […]
Encouragement for when you feel you’ll never be as good as other writers.
Take the time to read something for yourself—encouragement for writers and editors caught up in their work.
Encouragement for fiction editors to experience story from the inside by writing either short or long fiction, whatever they typically edit.
Encouragement for a new writing year.