Write A Series: 4 Reasons Writing A Series Is Easier

Did you know that in many ways it’s easier to write a series than it is to write a standalone novel? Novels in a series are more profitable too; they sell better. In a series, each novel promotes the others, so marketing is a snap. Want proof it makes sense to write a series? Check the catalogue of any bestselling … Read more

Writing Fiction Tip: Make Everything Worse For Your Hero

When you’re writing fiction, think worse. Make things so tough readers are convinced your main characters have no hope of overcoming their challenges. When they start a new novel, many authors begin with developing the protagonist; the hero/ main character. A great hero’s essential, right? Yes, he is. However, every hero needs something to fight: an antagonist—a dangerous enemy threatening … Read more

Writing Fiction: Build Your Novel’s Suspense And Write A Page-Turner

When you’re writing fiction, suspense is vital, no matter the genre. When readers can’t turn the pages fast enough, you’ll build readers and fans for your books. Recently a writing student asked about a quick way to build suspense. That’s an excellent question, because when you’re writing fiction creating suspense always needs to be in the back of your mind. … Read more

Writing Fiction: What’s Your Big (Or Little) Idea?

Thinking about writing fiction? Here’s a secret. Start with the idea. When we read fiction, we may be bored… Or we’re living through an unbearable life event and need to escape for a while. Perhaps we enjoy stepping into another world. Whatever a reader’s reason for reading your novel, they read for entertainment. When you’re writing fiction, you’re an entertainer … Read more

Write A Cookbook (Even If You Can’t Cook)

Recently a writing student told me she wanted to write a cookbook, but she couldn’t get started yet: she needed to master cooking first. After all, if she couldn’t create a recipe, she couldn’t write a cookbook… Could she? That got me thinking about the elements of great cookbooks. Yes, they contain recipes, but they also contain something else which … Read more