Writing Short Stories? The Savvy Author’s Tips For Sales Success

Wondering about writing short stories? I often recommend short fiction to new authors, but established authors can benefit too. Amazon even has an entire category devoted to short ebooks—more on that in a moment. A few days back, an author told me: “Yes, but bestselling authors don’t publish very short books!” Well… Many bestselling authors know the value of short … 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

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