Fiction Advice

Your Novel's Most Important Relationship

Do your characters have a driving relationship? No, this term does not imply they only interact on long car rides. Novels often involve many different relationships, and the main character can have relationships with dozens of other characters. But there is one relationship that stands out above all the others, and helps to drive the story forward: The Driving Relationship. This is your novel’s most important relationship — one that is the most changeable, the most turbulent, and the one that impacts on your main character the most. Here are some examples:… Read More

How to Let Your Travels Help Your Writing

The notion of writing while traveling is a beautiful thing. Picture it: You’re writing your novel. But, instead of toiling away at your cluttered writing desk as usual, you’re on a beach on Maui, ocean breezes wafting over you as you ponder your draft over a piña colada. But, in reality, writing while traveling isn’t always as lovely. While a new adventure can be an excellent way to stimulate your writing mind and enrich your writing life, finding time to focus amid lost luggage,  jet lag and must-see sights can be frustrating. Consider these tips below, from someone who’s been there. 3 ways to let your travels help your writing:… Read More

Like many independent book editors, I usually work alone. But, I do have two secret weapons: my cat, Mozart (who recently inspired another blog post), and my rescued golden retriever, Harpo. I admit, they aren’t always the most helpful of companions, particularly around feeding time. In fact, I used to worry that Harpo — who gobbles anything in reach (including office supplies), leaps on us whenever we enter a room, chases the poor cat, or snatches any shoes left by the door — would be a giant distraction from my work. But, over time, Harpo’s sunny personality proved to be a wonderful source of writing inspiration. Here are 6 things my dog taught me about writing:… Read More