Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.
Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.
It’s time for a bit of encouragement. After a summer filled with activities that eat into your writing time, it’s time to get back into the rhythm and flow of creating, of linking events and characters and details into stories that readers clamor for.
An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.
A discussion of where to begin writing, especially when you don’t know where to start. Included a reminder to decide on foundational issues before putting pen to paper.
A reminder that you can’t fake the skills needed for writing convincing fiction. Learn the craft. Learn both the mechanics of writing and the elements of fiction.
Take your imagination in new directions—take the reins off—as you try to solve story issues. Purposely imagine beyond boundaries that you might not even know you’ve set around your imagination.
To keep readers reading, stir their curiosity. Make them have to turn the page. Give them unanswered questions and make them have to know the answers.
Rather than writing the same old style or same plot or same character, try something new and fresh. Write stories that stand out from the common.
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.