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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 Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method,” says Delena […]

How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

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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 the right type of outline, […]

6 Tips for Writing a Shitty First Draft

These tips for writing the shitty first draft of your magazine article, life story, or novel are from six writers and editors. I also wove in a few comments from readers, to bring life to the tips. In Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness Judy Reeves says, “If you want to find a story, write about a scar. Every […]

Writing a Shitty First Draft

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Best Books on Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

This summary of the best books on writing fiction and creative nonfiction are divided into different categories: Getting Published, Writing Despite Fear and Doubt, How to Write Better, and the Writers’ Dreaming Process. Before the tips, a quip: “One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at […]

5 Ways to Salvage Writing Disasters

Publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant shares five ways to salvage writing disasters – from poorly written articles to weak anecdotes. But first, as ever, a quip: “The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.” ~ Elias Canetti. Writing is a long, fluid process – and writing well is even longer and more […]

10 Short Story Endings to Avoid at All Costs

These warnings will help you avoid writing the worse short story endings; they’re from oft-published author William Meikle. Use these fiction writing tips to end your story without boring or disappointing your readers… “A logical, satisfying ending is always required in a short story, but how do you ensure that yours is fresh and new?” asks this author of The Valley. ‘One way […]

18 Tips for Writing Better From Authors and Freelancers

Becoming a better writer involves learning from established freelancers and published authors, which is what these tips from successful writers are all about! Here’s a round-up of “the best writing advice I ever heard” from a wide range of scribes… Before the tips, here’s a quip from a bestselling author and editor: “Journalists know that short sentences step up pace,” writes Sol Stein in […]

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12 Tips for Writing Fiction From Authors and Editors

These fiction writing tips from authors and editors range from “put your characters in therapy” to “see stories as snakes.” I rounded up the best tips for writing fiction from a range of successful writers, including journalism professors, novelists, and screenplay writers. Every writer has different reasons for writing, but the bottom line is you have to write well. Read Writing Fiction: The Practical […]