How do you know when it’s time to start writing once you’ve got a story idea? You might have hundreds of story ideas, and there’s no time to write them all.Read More
Preparation is the first step to writing your book. The great thing about this step is that you can do it before you even have an idea for your story. You’re probably already doing this!Read More
Let’s make sure we’re on the same page before going forward: Do not take shortcuts on your the cover of your book.Read More
One of the most valuable things you can do as an author is to surround yourself with creative people.Read More
You’ve just typed THE END on the first draft of your novel.
Good on you!
Time to start editing, right?Read More
If you want to start writing science fiction, a good place to start is by asking one of these three questions, and then see where it goes. Here are the questions, followed by examples.Read More
Naming characters is one of the most difficult parts of the entire novel writing process. It’s such an important step because not only does it make it easier to write your draft (you can stop writing INSERT MAIN CHARACTER NAME), but it helps your character become a real person in your mind.Read More
I don’t have a degree in writing. Not from a traditional institution of higher education at least. The closest thing to formal training I have is a seminar on creative writing while in college. Everything else I learned from reading, writing, and podcasts. And today we’re going to focus on the latter.Read More
When I first started writing, I just wanted to be a short story writer. Ray Bradbury is my inspiration and favorite creative person ever. He wrote novels (including the best novel of all time), but he is also known for having written hundreds of amazing short stories in his lifetime.Read More
Last week, we talked about beta readers, what they do, and how to find them. This week, we’re talking about how to treat them once they’ve signed up.Read More
You finished your novel! Congratulations.
And you’ve edited and edited and edited. Even better!
Now you’re ready to self publish or start querying it around, right?
Writing is rewriting
I’m close to finishing up two projects and I’ve very tempted to say, “this is good enough,” and just release the book. It’s a great feeling to release a book you’ve written. You should try it sometime.Read More
No one cares about the book you’re about to release.
Most don’t care about the book you already released.Read More
As a writer, most of the work you produce will come from you sitting alone at your keyboard. You make the decisions, and you execute the decisions based on your own timeline (and motivation level).Read More
I have a very specific answer I give when people ask how writing is going.Read More
One of the other benefits to writing a short story a week or a novel in 3 months is that you keep your momentum going.Read More
The first step I always take when it is time to edit is to print out the entire manuscript. It’s such a great feeling to hold that first draft.Read More