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

Mind Mapping For Writers And Authors: Apps To Inspire You

I received this message from an author: “What’s happening with mind mapping apps? I can’t afford hundreds of dollars. Even little apps seem to be subscription-only now…” It’s an excellent question. Just a few years ago, you’d find lots of free mind mapping apps. These apps didn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps intended for business use, but … 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

Fiction Exercises: When You’re Not In The Mood To Write

Not in the mood to write? Clearing your mind can be a challenge. Fiction exercises help to get you into the mood and trigger your imagination. Fiction exercises prime the pump: kickstart your imagination Experiment with these fiction exercises from Commercial Fiction Secrets: Plot Your Novel In 60 Minutes Or Less. They’ll help you to get into the mood to … Read more