Editing Fiction: 3 Easy Ways To Get Started

Do you wish editing fiction could be easier? Perhaps you have a NaNoWriMo novel (or several NaNoWriMo novels) on your hard drive and can’t get inspired to start the edit. One of my students faced this situation; here’s the simple process which helped her to get started on the editing process. Editing fiction: the process needn’t take forever Over time, … Read more

Write A Novel Fast: The No-Excuses Method

An old friend and I chatted about writing fiction. Although she’s always wanted to write a novel, she worried: “What if I get bored and don’t finish it?” I suggested the “no excuses” method. The big benefit of this method is that you don’t have time to think and second-guess yourself. Several of my students have had great success with … Read more

Easy Outlining: Presentation Apps Create Storyboards And Outlines

If you’re looking for easy outlining tools, you may be aware of apps like Trello. But have you considered using presentation tools? They create excellent outlines for your projects. Moreover, they’re easy to use; many apps offer free versions. Apps like Google Slides and Visme are free. You may already own a presentation app: Keynote is available on Macs, and … Read more

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