Where do you get your ideas? Recently, I received an email from a fiction writer who was nearing completion of her first novel and wanted to know how to generate a list of ideas for future stories. I’d like to start by saying that I applaud this writer for thinking ahead. It is always best to have a bunch of ideas waiting to be written when you have finished your most recent manuscript. But how do you find ideas? And how do you know which are worthy of spending your time on? First, it helps to know that there is no magical formula for generating ideas.   With that said, here are 6 suggestions on how to generate ideas for your story that have worked… Read More

How to Get the Most Out of #NaNoWriMo

Every November, many aspiring novelists are taking a crack at participating in what’s become a huge sensation in the publishing community: National Novel Writing Month. The goal: Write a complete story from beginning to end during the month of November. But, writing a novel can be a grueling process. As many writers are plugging away at their drafts, they might doubt that their story is any good, or that they won’t find the time or energy to keep their commitment. Here are 3 ways to ensure you finish strong with #NaNoWriMo:… Read More

Are You Sabotaging Your Novel? 3 Traps to Avoid

No author deliberately tries to ruin a story, or make it unappealing to publishers. But, I’ve seen writers cling to story or character elements that can derail their success. 3 common traps many first-time authors fall into:… Read More