Fiction Writing

How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

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 […]

Speech Recognition Software writers Tips

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

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

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 […]

How to Increase Your Energy to Write

Writing Obstacles Be Gone! 3 Ways to Keep Falling Forward

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 […]

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 characters. A character is a […]

Techniques Exercises Crafting Dynamic Characters fiction

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 his skin. The talent of […]

How to Write Chapter After Chapter Until You Have a Book

There isn’t one secret to learning how to write a chapter of a book – there are many! Here’s what authors need to know about writing chapters – because writing a book is more than putting words to the page. Writing a book is about organizing your words into a compelling and interesting series of chapters. Each chapter in a book […]

What Authors Need to Know About Writing Chapters

How to Write Historical Fiction – A Book Set in the Past

The hardest part of writing historical fiction is authenticity. These tips on how to write a book set in the past will help you write a historical novel that readers (and editors!) love. Before the tips, a quip: “It’s not a documentary. It’s a historical fiction. But we have attempted to make the world, the background, the detail of that world as […]