Tag Archives: novel writing

The Billion Character Book: A Newbie #Writing Fail @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip #WIP #amwriting

One day, after I became a bestselling author, I dragged out the first manuscript I’d ever finished. Secretly, I had always believed that novel was the most wonderful story in the world. In my not-so-humble opinion, every New York editor who’ d rejected it was a numbskull.  Yes, picture me, gloating in all my new-found […]

Comments Off on The Billion Character Book: A Newbie #Writing Fail @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip #WIP #amwriting Continue Reading →

Pseudonyms: How to Choose a Pen Name for Novel Writing

Pseudonyms abound in writing circles.  What doesn’t abound is clear and insightful advice on how to choose the best pen name for a long-term career in novel writing. Let’s have some fun.  Check out the names of these genre fiction authors:  Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jack Higgins, Rebecca Brandewyne, Issac Asimov, Barbara Michaels, Alistair MacLean, Eboni Snoe . […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Novel Writing: Balancing Historical Accuracy with Myth

Novel Writing:   Balancing Historical Accuracy with Myth Please help me welcome today’s fab guest columnist, Merry Farmer, who writes award-winning Western Historical Romances. In our politically correct, modern world, a writer has to weigh historical accuracy against “shock value” or “controversy” when handling certain perennial Western themes, such as the slaughter of the buffalo, […]

Comments Off on Novel Writing: Balancing Historical Accuracy with Myth Continue Reading →

WANTED: Book Blog Tours, Guest Columns on Writing Novels

Howdy, Readers! In my ongoing mission to help writers achieve their publishing goals, you’ll start to see more guest columns, written by published authors, who can bring you their professional wisdom, the source of their inspirations, and their insider views on the business of writing. Writing Novels That Sell will also begin to host blog tours […]

Comments Off on WANTED: Book Blog Tours, Guest Columns on Writing Novels Continue Reading →

Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy

Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy   1. Eureka! An Idea! Nothing is better than that first spark of inspiration.  You feel alive.  In tune with the Universe.  Your Muse is finally cooperating.  You’re buoyed with Hope. Dreams of Success. Visions of gargantuan paychecks. You balk against eating, sleeping, and walking the […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Speed-Writing: Not Just for NaNoWriMo Any More

Speed-Writing: Not Just for NaNoWriMo Any More Writers are such creative geniuses, that they often psych themselves out.  They procrastinate until they’re freaked out and desperate to meet a deadline.  (At which point, they become neurotic.)   Fess up.  You KNOW you’re listening to your Inner Critic when . . . 1)  You’ve been writing […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel: Tip #12 Great Endings Sell Books

How to Write a Novel: Tip #12 Great Endings Sell Books  Savvy writers of commercial fiction understand that the ending of a book must serve a dual purpose: 1)  The ending is where your final (and most important) plot thread is logically resolved.  2)  The ending is a sales tool for your next novel – […]

Comments Off on How to Write a Novel: Tip #12 Great Endings Sell Books Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel: Tip #11 Create Killer Villains

How to Write a Novel:  Tip #11 Create Killer Villains I’ve always considered Villains more fun to write than Heroes. In most commercial fiction (Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, and Horror), Heroes have to overcome their obstacles in an honorable way before they can win the girl, save the world, or solve the […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping

How to Write a Novel: Tip #10 Avoid Head Jumping The two most popular points-of-view (POVs) in fiction are First Person and Limited Third Person.  In First Person, the author writes as if he is living inside the head of the protagonist.  (“I was furious with the detective for blurting out my name.”)  Authors enjoy […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →

Writing Novels That Sell: New Video Released

  Writing Novels That Sell My passion is to help fiction writers live their publishing dream.  That’s why I developed my website, WritingNovelsThatSell.com.    I believe in writers helping writers.  There is so much wisdom to be gained from the wonderful talents in our community!   I sincerely believe that I would not have been published […]

Comments Off on Writing Novels That Sell: New Video Released Continue Reading →