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A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers

In this guest post, novelist William Meikle offers tips on writing leads (“killer opening lines”) – and keeping your readers hooked.

But first, I have to share a quip from Annie Dillard on how to be a successful writer:

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time,” says Dillard. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book: give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water.”

Take Annie Dillard’s advice and shmoosh it in with William Meikle’s writing tips below, and you’ll be a writer of leads that hook readers before you know it!  To get a feel for Meikle’s writing (he’s the author of 9 books and several screenplays), click on the book cover.Read More »A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers

Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better

Published author and successful writer William Meikle offers five ways to improve your writing skills, articles, and books. Becoming a successful writer is a process, so buckle up and enjoy the journey, fellow scribes!

Before the tips, a quip:

“As a writer, it’s all too easy to concentrate on the mechanics of submitting work to editors and to forget that the writing itself is of primary importance,” says Meikle. “We should all be constantly seeking to improve. If we do that, editorial approval will become that much easier.”

To that end, here are five things you can start doing today that will immediately improve your writing – and with it your chances of getting published. For more detailed info on becoming a better writer, click on Improve Your Writing
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JK Rowling’s Tips for Writers – How to Write Young Adult Books

JK Rowling's Tips for Writers How to Write Young Adult BooksAuthor William Meikle describes how to write young adult books, based on JK Rowling’s success. HIs tips for writers are inspired by JK Rowling’s characters, plot, and themes.

“Fantasy fiction is big business, and many authors are trying hard to break in,” says Meikle, author of The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet. “The burning question on all their lips is, ‘How did JK Rowling do it?’ And the answer to that is pretty simple. She gave the readers what they wanted.”

Giving your audience what they want is easier said than done — unless you tap into their minds and souls! To learn how to get a YA book published, read Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal.

And, check out Meikle’s writing tips, inspired by JK Rowling’s success…Read More »JK Rowling’s Tips for Writers – How to Write Young Adult Books