Writing Fiction: 3 Reasons To Write In Scenes

A reader asked why I focus on scenes when writing fiction. It’s a good question, because there are many reasons. “Because I’m lazy,” I said. Although I meant it as a joke, it’s nevertheless true. Life’s too short to bend your brain writing a lot of material you’ll toss away in revision. When you focus on scenes, you leave out … Read more

Writing Platform Kickstart: Your Brand Statement And Tagline

Do you have a writing platform? Your platform (readership and recognition) begins with your brand as a writer and/ or author. Your brand is what you stand for. In a sense, it’s who you portray yourself to be: your image. “Image” has a lot of weird connotations, including outright fakery. When I mention image to a student, occasionally someone will … Read more

Writing Fiction: 4 Ways To Inspire Readers And Sell

You’re writing fiction and you’re bored. You wonder whether you should trash the novel and write something else. Before you do that, consider this: to entertain readers, you must entertain yourself first. Start by daydreaming. Writing fiction: forget the words, daydream To write great stories, you need to get on familiar terms with your own emotions, the emotions of those … Read more