New Fiction Author? Publish Short Stories To Hone Your Skills

I’m a big fan of short fiction. If you’re a new author, publishing short stories gives you a boost in confidence. Myths about short fiction abound. “Readers won’t read short stories,” my students tell me. Not so. Many readers love short material. Readers are willing to pay and invest 30 minutes in a story, but will baulk at investing hours … Read more

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

Profitable Writing Tips: On Medium This Week

If you’re looking for writing tips, Medium is a great place to find them. Back in December, I wrote about a three-month experiment: writing on Medium. December?! What was I thinking? Predictably, I got busy, then even busier, and my experiment sorta, kinda… died. I felt guilty because I like Medium. Moreover, I think the site has good potential for … Read more