Revising Fiction? Remember The Rule Of Three

I’ve received several questions about revising fiction from authors who are readying last November’s NaNoWriMo novels for publishing. An author reported that his beta readers said that they were “confused” about the plot. This can mean that you’ve lost the plot (pun intended.) You may have: An unclear story question; or You may need to look at cause and effect. … Read more

Outlining Fiction: 3 Tips To Make It Easy

Do you find outlining fiction a challenge? Many authors do. Authors want to: Hook readers from the first page… This makes the first scene important; it freezes authors into endless procrastination; Avoid reader-boredom in the sagging middle of their novel, so procrastination strikes again. Outlining fiction: the most important tip Please don’t let your inner editor take charge, telling you … Read more

Writing Fiction: The Big Question — Characters First, Or Plot First?

When you’re writing fiction, should you begin by creating characters, or should you concentrate on your plot? Authors tend to go back and forth on this. You can do either one: Perhaps you’re inspired by a character, or… You’re intrigued by something and want to write about it. I’ve been coaching a self-publishing author. She’s upset because she received unkind … Read more

From Dud To Fiction Bestseller: 3 Strategies To Get You There

You’re writing fiction. Sooner or later, during your first draft, you’ll realize “this isn’t the book that’s in my head. WHY can’t I write what I can see and feel so clearly in my imagination?” Although you’re tempted to stop writing because you’re convinced you’re writing garbage — keep writing. Chances are that you’ll hit this painful psychological wall with … Read more