Plotting Fiction Essentials: A Quick Checklist

This week, we’re talking about plotting, because for many authors, plotting fiction is the hardest part of writing. This applies whether they’re writing novels, short fiction, or scripts. My theory is for that for authors who avoid plotting (pantsers), mechanical plotting is a disaster. Not only does it pull them out of a creative mind state, it may make it … Read more

Plotting Fiction: 3 Reasons To Plot Your Novel In An Hour

Do you dislike plotting fiction? Many authors do. No matter how many novels you’ve written, plotting can be an anxiety-inducing experience. Here’s the thing. To plot efficiently, whether you’re an outliner or a pantser, you need a process. Without a process, you’ll struggle. Chances are that you’ll: Get fed up, and will give up on the novel; Procrastinate: the novel … Read more

Short Fiction: Why Write Shorties?

I adore writing short fiction. It’s the only way I can keep several pen names going concurrently and have time to ghostwrite short fiction as well. Recently I did a Q & A with my Pro Fiction class (sorry, it’s invitation only) on writing short stories. A couple of the students weren’t keen on short fiction. They were new to … Read more

Writing Process: Become More Productive With 4 Easy Warmups

Want to be more productive? Try developing a writing process which includes warm ups. When you warm up before writing, you’ll eliminate procrastination and you’ll get more writing done in less time. Over the years, whenever I’ve skipped warm ups because deadlines loomed, I discovered projects took longer and frequently developed unexpected challenges. Try a couple of these warm ups … Read more

Ghostwriting Services: Clever White-Label Options To Explore Today

Are you considering offering ghostwriting services? Perhaps you already offer them, but haven’t explored clever options for making the most of your time and writing services. There’s a huge world of white-label ghostwriting for you to explore. Some writers fight shy of ghostwriting services, because it is white-label writing. That is, you do the work and your client uses your … Read more