Go ahead, read a book. Maybe not on railroad tracks, though. Just saying.
I’ve talked to hundreds of best-selling authors about their early years, before they were published.
By and large, they wrote about half a dozen unpublished manuscripts before they sold their “first” novel.
Aside from cranking out thousands of pages of prose, how do you learn the writing skills you need to improve over time?
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This is a true story.
Not long ago, an aspiring writer reached out to me for advice on how to deal with the worst kind of rejection.
Delia (not her real name) had decided once and for all to finally write that book she’d been dreaming about for years.
And she did it – she finished the book, which by the way most people don’t. Continue reading
Have you ever read a book that you just couldn’t put down?
The whole time you were turning pages, you were probably desperate to discover the answer to a burning question.
That’s the essence of suspense, and it makes readers devour your book.
So how do you build suspense in your novel?
Start by avoiding these four suspense-destroying mistakes.
Believe it or not, it’s easy to write gripping action scenes—if you know how. In Part 1 of this article, I showed you how to break down complicated action scenes into their component parts: location, characters, goals, and actions. Now I’ll show you the real secret to wrapping up any action scene with an unforgettable bang.
Read more at Fiction University >
Do you have questions about writing a novel? Here are the answers.
Something like 92% of all New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure. If one of your goals is to write a novel this year, don’t let yourself become a statistic. Find out the answers to your questions and learn how to write your book.
Since I joined the powerhouse faculty at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, I’ve written a monthly how-to guide for writing fiction. If you’re looking for some writing inspiration or technique, you could do worse than checking out some of my favorite articles: Continue reading
In my last article on Fiction University, I laid out 6 Ways to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters.
If you’re writing a story or novel, pay attention. Because now I’m going to flip all of those techniques upside down.
I’ll show you how to use the opposite of those exact same methods to create a villain that your readers will love to hate.
How? Find out on Fiction University.
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In case you missed it, the Science Fiction Book Club chose A Kiss Before Doomsday as a featured pick. Which, as an author, is incredibly exciting.
To celebrate, I put together a behind-the-scenes special that the book club shared with their members this summer.
If you’ve ever wondered where writers get their ideas, read on.
Science Fiction Book Club: Spotlight on A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY
One of the toughest jobs a fantasy writer has is coming up with new and interesting monsters. When I sat down to write the second Dru Jasper book, I knew that the bad guys would be undead creatures. But today’s readers have seen countless undead foes. How do you put a brand-new spin on the idea? Continue reading
It could have happened so many different ways…
If you’re an author, what’s the easiest way to make a decent book cover?
Unless a publisher is creating the book cover for you, you can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $1,000 hiring a designer.
So when Canva comes along and offers ready-to-use book cover templates — for free — it makes you wonder.
Can ordinary people like you and me create a free book cover?
How difficult will it be?
How good will it look?
I decided to put Canva’s new book cover templates to the test. Here’s what I found out. Continue reading