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How to Write a Novel in 2016

January 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction, Writing Tips

Don’t know where to start to write a novel in 2016. Here are some tips to help you write your book.

Plot Your Novel Through Knowing Your Characters

December 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Writing Tips

Many people ask me how do I plot my novel. Many times as prepare to write a book, I think about my characters’ pasts. I know where they have been, I know where they are now…but I’ve yet to determine where they will be at ‘the end’. When it comes to researching and plotting a […]

Seven Habits of Published Christian Writers

December 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Authors, Blog, Encouragement, Publishing, Writing Tips

We all want to get published, to see our work featured in some magazine, or on some website, or nestled between the covers of a book, but for most the “promised land” of publication seems like it might as well be the moon—totally out of reach. But maybe we just need to be doing the […]

Learn to Write Anywhere

Learning to write anywhere is really important. On most mornings after the sun has come up, I undock my laptop from its station and move into my living room where the sun pours through an East facing window. In Spring I can hear birds chattering from an evergreen tree off the back deck and with […]

Using Character Values to Write Great Fiction

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction

Values determine a character’s abstract motivations and concrete goals. Values are important because they define, ultimately, what a character will and won’t do. When a character’s values are in conflict, they force the character to make a choice. That’s a key to writing great fiction. It’s easy to make a decision when you only value […]

5 Tips for Dealing with Writing Distractions

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Writing Tips

The life of a writer is full of distractions—focused concentration broken by work, chores, voices, demands, and needs. Finding a way to not only deal with writing distractions, but overcome them is crucial to our success and productivity. For the record, I consider myself an expert at the distractions, not so much at overcoming them. […]

How To Write a Simple Summary

September 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I first query an editor with an story idea, I break it down into a few simple parts. A summary is not an overview of the entire novel, but rather a summary that will hopefully hook the editor into wanted to know more. This type of summary can be used on a One-Sheet (popular at […]

My Best Writng Advice

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Authors, Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

Early on in my writing journey, my quest for publication, I received a bit of advice that at first I balked but now, in clear hindsight, value more than any other counsel I was offered.  I was never a big reader.  In school I skimmed, jumped, skipped, and trotted through books, pulling out the highlights […]

The Power of Love Stories

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Fiction, Genre

When my first romance novel released in 2010, I took it to a local Christian bookstore only to have the older gentleman in charge tell me that Christians shouldn’t read romance. We should only read about stuff that will change our world, like politics. My first reaction was to feel sorry for his wife. But […]

Character Arcs and Outlining

September 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction, Writing Tips

For some time now, Super G and I have been engaged in a bloody battle to the death* over whether or not we should plot and outline our novels before typing “Chapter 1.” I have now written 4 novels, mostly with the SOP method. Oh, there were notes and I had a good idea where […]

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