Fiction Writing


7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author […]

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

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The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent

Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark. I first met literary agent Janet Reid at the Surrey International Writers Conference, way […]


7 Essential Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your Book

These tips on how to write the first draft of your book range from left to right brain strategies, and will help you start and keep writing. The first tip comes from a reader’s comment on my wicked old post on writing first drafts: “My favorite help (and salvation) for writing the first draft came from Randy […]

How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

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Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your […]


How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular

There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose […]

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The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never […]


5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn writing secrets, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s secrets of great writing, via the Publication Coach. First, though, look at Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Shakespeare. The idea isn’t to copy how other writers write – […]

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How to Love Your Characters

Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… If you really want to bring your characters alive, read Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and […]


Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be […]


How to Write a Query Letter to Publishers – Fiction Manuscript

My writer friend sent this query letter to ten publishers, and all ten asked to see his fiction manuscript. You can’t beat a 100% return rate! Why did every publisher ask to see his book? Because the author told an interesting story in an entertaining way. Here’s how one famous writer describes it: “I have been […]


Character Sketches for Writers – How to Bring Characters to Life

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 […]


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Got Fiction Characters? How to Use a Character Web to Track Them

Creating strong fiction characters involves knowing how to keep track of them. Learn what a character web is, and how to use it to track the relationships between your stock and dynamic characters. But first, learn how talented writers create fiction characters readers never forget… “Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under […]