Fiction Writing


5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers 12

Even the most talented, creative, brilliant writers won’t go far unless they know how to overcome the discouragement of getting rejection after rejection! Talent and creativity isn’t nearly as important as stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s what one poet recently said: “Lately, I’ve been struggling with writer’s block with my poetry,” says M. on my Ask a Question About Writing page. “It’s not […]


How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers 18

Speech recognition software is one of the best ways to become a more productive and successful writer; these writing tips will get the most from this tool. This post was dictated using Dragon Naturally Speaking, and was contributed by guest writer Sharon Hurley Hall. She is not an affiliate for Dragon Speech Recognition Software, and isn’t trying to sell anything with […]

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5 Steps to Writing a Killer First Chapter – How to Wow Readers 18

Writing the first chapter of your novel – a killer first chapter – isn’t as easy as it looks. These five steps to writing Chapter One will wow your readers and keep them riveted. Before the tips, a quip: “The first chapter must open with a bang, hit the ground running, take no prisoners, grab ’em by the throat, leave […]


How to Increase Your Energy to Write 13

Writers, do you struggle to find the time and energy to write? Who am I kidding – of course you do! Motivation, energy, and inspiration are both the bane and the backbone of a writer’s existence. The book I’m reading is called Choosing Easy World: A Guide to Opting Out of Struggle and Strife and Living in the Amazing Realm Where […]

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Writing Obstacles Be Gone! 3 Ways to Keep Falling Forward 6

Writers, no matter what your genre, you will face obstacles to writing. Use these tips to keep falling forward. In fact — say it out loud right now: “Writing obstacles, be gone!” And check out one of my all-time favorite quips: “It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself […]


Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World 15

On What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?, I asked for the best blogs about writing, and you answered! Here are a few writing blogs suggested by writers, plus a few reasons why those bloggers have something we all want: a ringing endorsement from a fellow scribe. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, […]

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Character Sketches for Writers – How to Bring Characters to Life 7

Why create character sketches before writing stories? To bring your fictional characters to life! These tips for sketching out the personalities, weaknesses, and strengths of the characters in your novel or short story will help you bring those “peeps” alive. Before the tips, a quip: “When writing a novel a writer should create living people… people, not characters. A character is a […]