Writing Tips & Advice
Like many first-time writers, I thought I knew everything there was to know about writing
fiction. What's to know after all? You concoct a good story, you put pen to paper (or more
likely, fingers to keys) and then you tell it. Well, it didn’t take me long to find out how little I
really did know. Since then, I’ve learned so much.
What is my biggest piece of advice for new authors? Read, read, read. Don't think for one
minute you can't learn from other authors. Read books in your genre and take note of what
worked well and what didn't.
Secondly, proofread everything you write, even your e-mails. If you have errors in spelling,
punctuation, grammar, word usage, and the like, it sends a message that you're not a
professional or serious writer.
Included here (see the menu bar on the left) is a variety of articles on different topics of
effective writing--advice I wish I had received before I got started. These basic articles are
intended for first-time writers, in particular first-time novelists. All I've done is plant the
seeds for you. For a better understanding of any of the topics, there is no shortage of
information on the Internet, in books, and in classrooms.
If I haven't convinced you yet of the importance of doing homework before you start writing
that book, you may want to read this article on reader pet peeves http://jodyhedlund.
blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-pet-peeves.html. The last thing you want to do is irritate the
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"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
--W. Somerset Maugham
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