How to Write Fiction In Five: How Long Should A Book Be?

When writing your fictional stories, they will take shape in one of the following basic forms, each varying in length/word count: Novels Novellas Short Stories Flash Fiction The obvious difference, for the most part, is their word count/length. There are subsets of each of these, but these four are the main types. However, at a […]

How to Write Fiction In Five: What Is Fiction?

Fiction by definition is a lie – something made up, a fabricated story invented to entertain. Simply put, writing fiction is the skill of telling true lies. Fictional stories are born with the full intent to deceive the reader into suspending disbelief, but the cool thing is there’s a smattering of truth woven into the […]

1 Million Words or 10,000 Hours?

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, he repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success  in becoming an expert in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of 10,000 hours. With the current indie-publishing boom, I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of […]

The Truth on How to Write a Book

This is article is on best selling author Scott Berkum’s blog . In short it’s excellent: Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book?… Here’s the short honest truth: 20% of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this – Anyone can write a book. They […]

Writing A Novel – The First Draft

San Francisco Chronicle journalist Pia Chatterjee has written a great article offering writer’s advice on what it takes to write the first draft of a novel. The novel that I am working on right now, sitting by the heater in single bedroom in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, started in March 2007, in a cafe in the […]

Writing Great Dialogue – Part 5

This is the last installment of Dialogue and the Art of War, by Randy Ingermanson. Yesterday, Randy discussed Point of View and gave examples of how changeable and dynamic dialogue can be just by shifting the POV from one character to another. Today, he explores the subtle language beneath spoken dialogue by using Subtext. _____________________________________________ […]

Writing Great Dialogue – Part 4

In this fourth installment of Dialogue and the Art of War, Randy Ingermanson talks about Point of View. Yesterday, Randy whimsically used Dilbert (to great effect) in presenting how to eliminate Dialogue Tags while strengthening the dialogue in the process. By adding Point of View it further enriches the dialogue and gives it even more […]

Writing Great Dialogue – Part 3

This is the third installment of Dialogue and the Art of War by Randy Ingermanson. Yesterday, Randy gave Tom Clancy some vindication by using more of his writing to show how good dialogue looks. Today you’ll get a look at Dialogue Tags. It shows you how to go beyond using the “he said” – “she […]

Writing Great Dialogue – Part 2

This is the second part of Dialogue and the Art of War by Randy Ingermanson. Yesterday, you saw what poor dialogue looks like. Today you’ll get a look at how Sharp and Snappy Dialogue is done. _____________________________________________ Dialogue and the Art of War–Part 2 Sharp and Snappy Dialogue Dialogue, as I said last month, is […]

Writing Great Dialogue – Part 1

I was going to put together an article about eliminating dialogue tags in your story, but remembered where I originally learned of it myself. This first part of “Dialogue and the Art of War” comes from Randy Ingermanson’s Advanced Fiction E-zine, of which I have subscribed to for the last few years. Part 1 – […]