Writing Fiction Using Characterization Tricks: Killer, Saint, Idiot?

When you’re writing fiction, your characters are everything. “Plot” is what your characters do. Since characterization is so vital, let’s look at simple ways to get characters clear in your own mind… So you can make them real to readers. I’ve been rereading Anthony Trollope, just for his characters. He’s masterful at characterization. Not only do you believe in his … Read more

New, Self-Publishing: Franchise Your Fiction: Create Bestsellers

Struggling with self-publishing your fiction? Self-publishing is wonderful for authors. You don’t need literary agents, acquisitions editors, et al. But… Many thousands of new novels are published each and every week. Each novel has a hopeful author, who’s struggling to win readers. Stop struggling. Build a relationship with your readers, instead. Self-publishing: build a relationship with your readers How do … Read more

Writing Fiction To Make Money: 3 Unusual Ideas To Try

Do you love writing fiction? Many authors write short stories and novels for pleasure; fiction is a hobby. But what if you need to make money? Several writers contacted me about this post, Writing Fiction For Profit: 4 Ways To Make Money From Your Creativity, in which I covered standard income-generating ideas. (Read the post for inspiration.) They wanted more: … Read more