Sep 162014
How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular

There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose the right type of outline, offers guidance in brainstorming plot ideas, reveals characters, and shows

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Sep 262011
The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never outline their work. Gary Horsman was the first (and so far only) writer to comment

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Sep 132011
5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn writing secrets, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s secrets of great writing, via the Publication Coach. First, though, look at Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Shakespeare. The idea isn’t to copy how other writers write – even the Masters – but to learn their secrets. Brilliant writers have unique habits, voice,

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Aug 192011
Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… Here’s what one novelist says: “I procrastinate just like any other writer, but they say that the hardest thing is sitting down and actually writing the book,” says Fred on Motivation to Write – 10 Tips

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Jul 192011
Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be sure to cover in this hypertechno age of social media in order to sell my

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May 162011
How to Write a Query Letter to Publishers - Fiction Manuscript

My writer friend sent this query letter to ten publishers, and all ten asked to see his fiction manuscript. You can’t beat a 100% return rate! Why did every publisher ask to see his book? Because the author told an interesting story in an entertaining way. Here’s how one famous writer describes it: “I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have

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Apr 202011
Character Sketches for Writers - How to Bring Characters to Life

Why create character sketches before writing stories? To bring your fictional characters to life! These tips for sketching out the personalities, weaknesses, and strengths of the characters in your novel or short story will help you bring those “peeps” alive. Before the tips, a quip: “When writing a novel a writer should create living people… people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” ~ Ernest Hemingway. The first tip for creating fictional

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Apr 182011
Got Fiction Characters? How to Use a Character Web to Track Them

Creating strong fiction characters involves knowing how to keep track of them. Learn what a character web is, and how to use it to track the relationships between your stock and dynamic characters. But first, learn how talented writers create fiction characters readers never forget… “Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate

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Apr 122011
Selling Poetry? 5 Ways to Market Your Book of Poems

You’ll find selling poetry much easier if you know how to spread the word! These five tips for marketing your book of poems are from author Cherie Burbach. Let her help you sell your poetry in low-key, fun, easy ways… Before the tips, a quip: “Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree.  He doesn’t eat much and doesn’t read much, but

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Mar 252011
Writing a Character Profile? 5 Tips for Developing Characters

Writing a character profile must come before writing a novel! The profile is separate from the novel itself. These tips for developing characters in fiction will help you write about protagonists and antagonists that readers (and editors, and publishers) love. Before the tips, a quip: “Plot springs from character… I’ve always sort of believed that these people inside me – these characters – know who they are and what they’re about and

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