Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
How many words is too many? Does word count matter? Does word count matter more for first novels? An answer to a question posed by a reader.
A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.
Many writers have great expectations for their first novel manuscript. But are those expectations realistic? A look at what you can expect of your first novel.
I don’t take on every manuscript that’s sent to me for editing. The simple reason is that many are not ready for a professional edit. A look at my reasons for turning down an edit.
A novel’s first draft is never the final product. Learn both what’s missing from a first draft and what should be taken out to make it a better manuscript.
NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, happens every November. Join hundreds of others in writing a novel—50,000 words—in a month.
A novel isn’t finished after the first draft. Writers have much work ahead of them—some of the most tedious work—even after they’ve written “The End.”
Anyone can write a novel. Or can they? Plenty of people think they can, that it’s easy to craft a story and write a book. But writing a book isn’t as easy as it seems.
A writer’s first book will rarely be his best in terms of quality yet is often the story that’s provoked him into writing. Should a writer save his best story for when he’s a better writer?