Writing Fiction: 5 Tips To Develop A Stress-Free Process

If you’re writing fiction, it’s no wonder you’re stressed. You’ve created an entire world, and you’re keeping it in your head. Sadly, your 30th novel takes as much organization as the first. However, experience helps. With experience, you accept the stress and realize it’s normal. With any luck at all, you’ll find ways to get organized and manage the chaos. … Read more

Writing Prompts: Get Creative And Inspire YOUR Fiction Today

Do you enjoy writing prompts? They make excellent warmups, allowing your mind to drift easily into a “writing” state—you’re busily writing your current project before your resistance and inner editor try to stop you. Writing prompts: conquer resistance in five minutes Resistance can be tricky, so avoid looking for reasons: … (resistance) can also dress itself up in fancy clothes: … Read more

New Writer? 5 Steps To A Powerful Workflow (End Procrastination)

If you’re a new writer, you need a powerful workflow—one that works for any situation. Of course, established writers need good workflows too, otherwise you’ll miss deadlines, or you’ll waste hours each week in procrastination. When I mentor new freelance writers, I remind them that everything takes longer when you’re starting out. You’re learning. Within a month or two, you’ll … Read more

Plotting Fiction: 3 Tips To Help You To Plot Like Shakespeare

Hate plotting fiction? Me too, at times. Why not do what Shakespeare did? He “stole” plots, as many, many authors do. “Stealing” your plot takes the pressure off. You can focus on building your characters and setting, and developing conflict. Plotting fiction: plots you can steal In Plotting Made Simple: The One-Hour Plotting Strategy, I outlined my usual strategy: Over … Read more