Writing Advice

One Key Turning Point for Authors

Many authors share the same daydream while slogging at day jobs: someday I’m going to write that novel. For me, hitting 50 meant it was time to get serious. I’d done NaNoWriMo three years in a row and written three 50,000-word skeleton mystery novels. But they needed some meat on their bones. I knew they weren’t ready for prime time but I didn’t know how to get there. I read lots of how-to books but the reality remained, I was stuck. Fate intervened in the form of fellow author and neighbor Richard Guimond, who introduced me to his editor, Diane O’Connell. She was hosting a Writer’s Retreat soon after I met her, and after reading a sample of my work, invited me to attend. I… Read More

8 Things Success Authors DON'T Do

The secret to being a successful author may rely more on what you don’t do than what you do. The eight tips below showcase similar behaviors emulated by successful authors. 1. Successful Authors don’t take “No” for an answer. Ask any successful author how many rejections he or she amassed before getting a publishing deal and you’ll get an answer like “too many to count,” or “enough to line my bathroom walls with.” While the impulse is to toss all rejections in the recycling bin, if you know how to read them right, they can offer you valuable clues to help you get one step closer to getting published. This article will help you know how to deal strategically with rejections. 2. They don’t focus… Read More

Character Development Paint a Portrait

I’ve heard from well established authors and novices alike that creating living, breathing characters is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a novel. Whether critical to the plot or to add life into the scenery, my roundup below will help you master character development.   1. Method Writing Write to Sell author Khalid Talib shares his advice on getting into the mind of your characters in this article about method writing.   2. How-To Guide on Creating Character This article will arm you with the three basics on creating characters by focusing on their appearance, backstory and motivations   3. Choose a Brilliant Name One of the most exciting and yet stressful tasks of a writer is to name their characters. Read this article for… Read More