New Author? 4 Vital Storytelling Tips To Increase Sales

If you’re a new author, there’s a lot to learn about writing fiction—and you never stop learning. Something to keep in mind. When you write fiction, you’re writing a story. Here’s a brilliant explanation of “story” from Lisa Cron’s excellent book, Wired For Story: A story is how what happens affects someone who is trying to achieve what turns out … Read more

Writing Fiction: 3 Tips To Do It Your Way

Are you writing fiction? Lately I’ve received many more questions about fiction. Most of them can be answered in four words: do it your way. Writing fiction without rules Questions: I don’t know how to… But what if… I can’t write (something or other)… Someone said that… To repeat: do it your way. Every novel and short story you write … Read more

Writing Fiction: 4 Tips To Build Narrative Drive (Suspense)

You’re writing fiction. Would you like to write a page-turner, that is, a novel which keeps your reader up long after his bedtime? Of course you would. Let’s look at how to do that. Whatever genre you’re writing, be it a cozy mystery, or science fiction, or even a literary novel, you need suspense to keep readers reading. “Suspense” is … Read more

Writing Fiction: 4 Tips To Help You To Begin Your Novel

Thinking about writing fiction? I’ve had questions from freelance writers who want to spend their sudden free time writing a novel. One writer, a former freelance writing student, said she’s tried writing fiction during NaNoWriMo, but hasn’t published a novel yet. She wants some help. “How do I write a good novel? What’s the secret?” She asked. Writing fiction: start … Read more

Writing Fiction: 4 Ways To Find Bestselling Ideas

You’re writing fiction and you’re aware that your idea trumps everything. If you doubt this, check the bestseller lists. Readers decide in seconds whether or not they want to read your novel, based on your title, cover and blurb. Extra points if your idea is controversial and/ or shocking. Novels like The Exorcist were shocking in their day. Writing fiction: … Read more