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Writing fiction bestsellers: luck is part of the equation Luck is involved, because: Readers want what they want, and their wants can change rapidly. Witness the “50 Shades” phenomenon. No one saw that coming; Timing plays a part too. Let’s...
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When you’re new to fiction writing, you worry. One of the things you worry about are chapters. Beginning authors send me questions like: What’s a “chapter”? How long/ short is a chapter? How do you know when you’ve written one?...
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Writing exercises have a major benefit: they can fix bad habits you’ve developed. We talked about the bad habit of leaving novels unfinished, for example. If you’re concerned that you have no time to do pesky exercises: You always have...
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Fiction authors’ primary challenge: ever-growing competition Writing and selling novels has changed over the past few years. Not so long ago, a rapid publishing program could kickstart an author’s career, and from then on, his novels sold consistently. Unfortunately, the...
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A time management truth: you will NEVER have enough time It’s true, sadly. Even full-time writers moan that they have “no time.” Your life will eat your writing time if you allow it. You have a decision to make: how...
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One student had (I still can’t believe this) 22 partial novels. Amazing. By “partial” I mean he’d written more than a single scene or chapter. His partials all had more than four chapters; some of the novels were a few...
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Why write short stories? Here are some of the benefits: Speed: you can write six (or more) short stories in the time it takes to write one novel; Income: short stories sell; Short stories can give you inexpensive, ongoing sales...
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The old “blogging is dead” claim still makes the rounds at least once a year. However, savvy bloggers know that a blog is an amazing sales tool. Recently I was speaking to a veteran blogger who gave up blogging for...
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Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days An author asks: “Can you write fiction more quickly than nonfiction?” It’s a good question. The answer? Yes, because when you’re writing fiction, there’s less research involved. Of course, historical fiction...
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Short stories can kickstart your book sales Last year, as an experiment, my Advanced Fiction class and I did a little experiment. We’d each write five short stories — 10,000 words and under — and sell them for $2.99. Several...
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