Writing 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

Everybody who has ever worked on a long piece of writing knows how enticing procrastination can become when staring at a blank page until our eyes glaze over; writing and re-writing the same sentence seemingly forever; or drowning in self-loathing because we clearly aren’t meant to be writers. It’s easier to just avoid writing in the first place. Then again, many of us do eventually sit down and write those riveting novels and intriguing non-fiction books. Even if you feel your situation is dire, there are lots of behavioral, motivational and environmental tricks that can help you overcome procrastination and finish that opus.… 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