Writing Tips



Writing a novel is not for the feint of heart.  It is a huge undertaking that can take months or even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail you need to you put into your work of fiction or non-fiction.  Even knowing this, it can feel like it's taking too long to complete your novel, or that you'll never finish.  If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks on writing and promoting your fiction in order to speed up the process without diminishing your book's quality or value to your readers.

One of the ways you can speed up the process is by creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions. This can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What happens next? 

Of course, utilizing a good novel planning and writing book, like Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook: Worksheets for the Writer, Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook, Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) and Ready, Set, Write: Level 1, may help keep you focused and on the productive writing path.

For more writer tips and tricks, keep reading.  You're sure to find some ideas to help keep you on the path to publication.




There are some questions that authors ask other authors that are actually complete and utter crap. Often intended as thought exercises to help an amateur writer along, they're notorious for giving these literary beginners the wrong idea about how to approach their career and writing process.

At best, these ill-conceived prompts will confuse newer writers; at worst, they will prevent their work from ever seeing the light of day. These are some of the six top worst author-to-author questions that still get brought up today.

Nothing ushers in the Halloween cheer like an intriguing vampire story. After all, who doesn’t love vampires? Vampires have been used in fiction for many years due to their mysterious and fascinating nature. If you want to write about vampires, but are running low on fresh ideas, here are ten vampire Halloween Writing Prompts to spark your spooky imagination.


1. Vampire hero


Although Jake is a real vampire, he is not evil, nor does he feed on human blood. Contrary to popular belief, he saves the disadvantaged whenever he can come from society's cruel whims. The real threat is the ruling political party misusing resources for their selfish interests. Led by Patrick, the evil politicians find out about Jake's vampirism and seek to use it to their advantage. So, they train Patrick’s young daughter to lure him to their side and do their evil bidding. However, when Jake and Patrick’s beautiful daughter get to know each other, something happens.


• Does she fall in love with him?

• Does Jake find out the plot behind Patrick’s daughter?

• Is Jake captured for scientific analysis?

• Does Jake runoff because of fear of intimacy?


A love scene or a scene where characters get hot and heavy with each other can be a daunting sequence to write, especially for budding writers. Writers are concerned about being too vulgar or indecent. When it comes to sexual desire, humans are private animals, and even the most experienced writers can get uncomfortable when depicting an intimate sequence. An excellent way to get over the fear of depicting intimate scenes when writing is by practicing restraint. Since love is an essential part of human nature, an emotionally driven love scene can create a powerful story for any novel. Here are a few tips you can use to get over your fear of writing intimate plots.

1. Read works of experienced writers 

Before delving into a steamy love scene in your novel, first, go through the works of experienced writers to determine how well you want to depict your plot. This will help you with ideas on how to avoid vulgarity and how to sculpt your love scene without fear of obscenity. Whether it’s a simple kissing scene or an overly sexual encounter, getting inspiration from seasoned pros can help you think outside the box and create a masterpiece.

Being a writer can often involve hidden costs, especially if you self-publish. Editing is a given in the writing industry. But, how do you know which type of editing you need for your novel and when to hire a developmental editor? First, you need to know what this type of editing entails.

What Is Developmental Editing?

A developmental edit also referred to as a structural edit, conceptual editing, or manuscript appraisal. It involves a careful and in-depth edit of your entire manuscript. Developmental editing analyzes all aspects of your writing, ranging from separate words to the overall configuration and style of your sentences. A developmental editor should be very perceptive and experienced, as this is a detailed edit for professionals only. 

What exactly is a beta reader? When do you need one? How much do they charge? There's a lot to know about beta readers and about hiring an editor when your beta readers are done reading your book. Hiring an editor will help speed up the process so your book can be sent off to a publisher. Let's learn more about the editing process so your book can hit the market as soon as possible.

Nonfiction requires meticulous fact-checking. Many authors who write fiction do not feel the need to fact-check their novels. In this age of the internet and information explosion, where facts can be easily verified, fact-checking is vital for nonfiction and fiction. A properly fact-checked fictional novel is likely to attract more readers than a novel with glaring factual errors.


Many authors consider copyediting to be an important component of their business model, and for good reason. Copyediting allows an author to present their best work to publishers and helps to increase the chances of their works being a success. If you're an author that's never hired a copyeditor, then now's a good time to consider just how your work would benefit from this service. Let's take a look at what copyediting is, how to tell if you need a copyeditor, and why it's so useful.



Writing a book and publishing a book are only the first steps to author success.  This is because you could have written a great book, but this does not matter if no one knows about it. Thankfully, there are promotional tools and things you can do to help spread the word.

Social media is a great place to promote your book. You can potentially reach thousnads and even millions of people with properly timed and hashtagged tweets and posts. You can also start a blog, create promotional and informative articles and share those across your social media accounts.  There are even sites where you can promote your book for free.

Additionally, there are also several Amazon books available to get you gather book promotion ideas so that you can create your own custom book promotion strategy.  Great Noevel marketing books include:

  1. Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
  2. How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
  3. The Kindle Publishing Bible: How To Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon (Step-by-Step Instructions On Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Books) (Kindle Bible Book 1)
  4. How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
  5. Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
  6. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
  7. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition: Authors: How to sell more books, ebooks, multi-media books, audios, videos, white papers, and other information products in the real world


In addition to the above helpful books, here are a few articles to help you self-promote your books.



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