Writing Fiction: 2 Beginner Mistakes You Can Avoid

You’re writing fiction. Unfortunately however, the wonderful story and plot in your head never makes it to the page. Wince. That’s OK. When you start out writing fiction—writing anything—you know what you want to say. You need to find the words to say it. But things get lost in translation. In fiction, getting the story in your head onto the … Read more

Self-Publishing Fiction: The Posts You Found Most Useful In 2020

This year, the most-read posts were about self-publishing fiction and writing (how to write.) Unsurprisingly, I’ll publish more of the same in 2021. A couple of my writing students asked: “can you still make money self-publishing fiction?” Is self-publishing fiction still viable in 2021? People love entertainment, so yes, self-publishing fiction is still viable going forward. That said, if you’re … Read more

Writing Tip For Motivation Monday: Just Write

Ready for a new writing week? Let’s start with a writing tip. This quote from bestselling author Louis L’Amour is one of my favorites: “If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before … Read more

Prelaunch: First Scene Guidance

A quick note: First Scene Guidance is in its prelaunch period.

This new guidance program is for you if:

  • You know your novel should be selling, but it’s not;
  • You’re ready to give up on a novel you started with high hopes;
  • What?! You’ll know what this is, when you feel it. You’re uneasily certain there’s something wrong with your novel but you’re not sure what it could be.

Prelaunch extends until October 30.

Check it out. And enjoy. 🙂