Your First Draft: Are You Doing it Wrong?

Recently I had a new writer ask me about first drafts and he mentioned that even with an outline, it was taking him so long just to write the first chapter. Confused, I asked him more about his outline. How developed was it? Had he outlined the full novel? He insisted...

Fiction Writing Tip: Building Tension in Your Book

Tension is what makes a book a hit with readers. Books that master tension often end up ranking high on bestseller lists. But few writers understand exactly what tension is or how to build it in their book. Tension is a physical, emotional or psychological strain that...

Top 5 Must-Know Fiction-Writing Tips

When you see all of the great books for sale, it can be easy to assume that the author was born with the talent to write. While talent does play a part, that talent is only ten percent of the process. Truth: Ninety percent of being able to write fiction comes from...