Fiction Writing

The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps – From a Writer’s Workshop

The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps – From a Writer’s Workshop

Written by on July 22, 2012 in Fiction Writing, Writing Tips with 7 Comments

These steps to making writing easy are from a writer’s workshop given by Michael Gartner. A reader shared these tips on the writing technique in the comments section of one of my articles; they’re too good to waste away at the end of an article! This post was contributed by Katie, at the end of […]

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How to Get Your Poetry Published – 5 Tips for Poets

How to Get Your Poetry Published – 5 Tips for Poets

Written by on December 5, 2011 in Fiction Writing, Publishing Tips with 7 Comments

These tips on getting your poetry into magazines, anthologies, or your own book of poems are from John C. Goodman. Not only has he published two collections of poetry, he wrote a non-fiction book called Poetry: Tools & Techniques. Here, Goodman describes the chances of getting your poetry published, and offers tips on breaking into the poetry […]

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5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers

5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers

Even the most talented, creative, brilliant writers won’t go far unless they know how to overcome the discouragement of getting rejection after rejection! Talent and creativity isn’t nearly as important as stick-to-it-iveness. Here’s what one poet recently said: “Lately, I’ve been struggling with writer’s block with my poetry,” says M. on my Ask a Question […]

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How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

How to Use Speech Recognition Software – 5 Tips for Writers

Using speech recognition software is a great way to become a more productive writer. These tips for writing with voice recognition software will help you to get the most from this tool. Before the tips, a quip: “The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S’s: the power to see, […]

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5 Steps to Writing a Killer First Chapter – How to Wow Readers

Writing the first chapter of your novel – a killer first chapter – isn’t as easy as it looks. These five steps to writing Chapter One will wow your readers and keep them riveted. Before the tips, a quip: “The first chapter must open with a bang, hit the ground running, take no prisoners, grab […]

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How to Make Writing Easy and Increase Your Energy to Write

How to Make Writing Easy and Increase Your Energy to Write

Writers, do you struggle to find the time and energy to write? Who am I kidding – of course you do! Motivation, energy, and inspiration are both the bane and the backbone of a writer’s existence. I recently received a question from a reader who is struggling to write. And, I’m “coincidentally” reading a book […]

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Writing Obstacles Be Gone! 3 Ways to Keep Falling Forward

Writers, no matter what your genre, you will face obstacles to writing. Use these tips to keep falling forward. In fact — say it out loud right now: “Writing obstacles, be gone!” And check out one of my all-time favorite quips: “It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time […]

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Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World

Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World

On What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?, I asked for the best blogs about writing, and you answered! Here are a few writing blogs suggested by writers, plus a few reasons why those bloggers have something we all want: a ringing endorsement from a fellow scribe. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing is […]

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Character Sketches for Writers – How to Bring Characters to Life

Character Sketches for Writers – How to Bring Characters to Life

Written by on April 20, 2011 in Fiction Writers, Fiction Writing, Writing Tips with 7 Comments

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 […]

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

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 […]

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