Whether you're writing a literary novel, a psychological, medical, legal or spy thriller, or even a cozy mystery, for a novel to be engaging, it must center on human conflict and disturbance. Here's what you need to know.
Here are tips from a self-published author who decided to take control of her dream.
Persuasive characters keep a good story aloft and your readers involved. So where do you find these characters? How do you make them breathe? Here are specific tips to help you create characters that will win over readers.
You’ve probably been taught that short stories follow the time-revered rule: Limit your story to a specific time, place, event, interaction, or character’s evolution. I say, do the opposite. Here's how.
Hitchcock was dubbed the ‘Master of Suspense’ for very good reason. He knew how to manipulate an audience and keep them watching. Here are seven tips to remember when writing suspense to keep your reader turning pages.
If you’re starting a blog with dreams of writing a book some day, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Launch your blog with your book in mind.
When writing a magazine query letter how much info should you include about your idea (and what else should you include)? Here's the scoop.
Many people list reality TV as a “guilty pleasure” (or worse, a total waste of time). But I’ve watched a lot of reality shows over the years, and there are always lessons to be learned, especially for writers.
I’ve written several books and published a few of them. I’ve had a great deal of success considering my small status as an independent or self-published author. I’ve blown expectations for average book sale out of the water, and managed to find two distinct ways to make an incredible living attached to my being...
Every writer should be focused on this one thing to motivate him or her when writing a suspense novel.
For a freelance writer who doesn’t have a query tracking system—or has the organizational skills of a bowling ball, like me—here is a simple spreadsheet to help you keep track.
Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life.
Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience. Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is the section on research?” they might harrumph—and yet, I offer it anyway. I’ve lost...
There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. For me, it was...
Most books have book blurbs on the book jacket, giving it instant credibility. As a first-time author, how do you get quotes from popular authors for the cover of your book? Here's how.
Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are.
Here's how to create great characters and setting in your book when writing about the afterlife (from bestselling author Gena Showalter).
What once started as a group of 16 finalists who battled it out in round after round has landed on one champion.
The rewrite is tougher than the draft. But the right rewrite strengthens your fiction into something that lasts to publication and gains a significant readership. Boost your novel-polishing skills with these seven strategies.
It's down to the final two: Voldemort vs. Professor Moriarty. Who is the move evil book villain of all time? Vote now and help us decide.
How do you recognize a good urban fantasy when you see one, and if you want to try your hand at writing one, what’s the basic recipe? Here are the ingredients you need.
It's April Fools Day, which means it's time for our #AprilFools4Writers contest! Here's how it works.
Voldemort. Sauron. Count Olaf. Professor Moriarty. These evil-doers are your Fatal Four. Who moves on to the final matchup? It's all up to you. Vote now in our Arch Villain Madness Best Book Villain competition.
Without giving away too much of the book, I can explain some of the choices I made in crafting Narby as a credible, effective, even sympathetic protagonist, despite the gaping flaws in his character.
After a lifetime of dreaming, it’s finally here. My novel, Almost Missed You, is out and available in bookstores today! And I have you to thank.