Fiction Advice

How to Write a Novel that Sells

By Diane O’Connell Writing a novel is an ambitious undertaking, but an even greater challenge is to write a novel that sells. So how do you make your novel attractive to publishers and readers — even before you’ve written a single word? Read on for five steps to writing a marketable novel.  … Read More

4 Exciting Ways to Describe Food in Writing

When written well, a passage depicting a meal can be mouthwatering for readers. It can also be a useful storytelling technique. When food writing isn’t effective, however, the result can be bland. While food is around us every day, many first-time writers can struggle to capture the nuances of taste, texture or the emotions associated with a meal in their writing.… Read More

Tension for your Readers

Tension. Without it, your novel falls flat. With it, you keep your reader hooked until the very last page. But sustaining tension is a tricky thing — even in one scene. Expanding that feat to an entire story can be especially challenging for first-time authors. In working with clients, I often encounter moments that lack tension. By showing them a few tweaks, they’ve been able to turn a lackluster scene into a gripping one. Here are three ways to keep the tension flowing in your novel:… Read More