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
blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-pet-peeves.html. The last thing you want to do is irritate the

here to become one of my website subscribers and receive a list of more than 100
helpful links for writers, including ones that include many writing tips and advice.

If you find my website helpful, please let me know by shooting me a message (the
Connect button above). If I've made the process a little easier for you, I'll be very happy.

Florence Osmund

"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

-W. Somerset Maugham

Click here for eight well-known authors' opinions about the rules for writing fiction.

- Receive periodic notifications when additional subjects are added to
the writer’s advice sections (about one per quarter).

- Learn of my future book releases (about one per year).

- Let me know if you would like to see additional topics included on
this website, and if I use your suggestion, receive a complimentary
copy of one of my books (your choice).
Click here for an e-mail subscription:
Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn Email AddToAny
Web Analytics
Share this page