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.




Have you found yourself browsing your Twitter or Facebook feed when some random person pops up with a comment – I’m a professional cover art designer. I do your cover for $25, and they usually put a Fvvr link in there? My first thought is usually – Ooohhhhh Reaalllly. $25? Professional only means that at some point, the individual was paid to do a cover or some graphic for someone. It doesn’t mean that they have a degree in graphic design, nor does it mean that they have any advanced imaging software better than GIMP. They may have splurged and purchased a couple of advanced font packages, but at no point does that make them a good cover designer, and you could probably do what they’re going to do for free, which is slap an image in a 6 by 9 digital canvas and add some text. That takes five minutes to create. In fact, you’ll spend more time looking for the perfect background image than actually putting it together, so just go ahead and take your $25 and order a pizza or put a frozen pizza in the oven. By the time your pizza arrives or your timer dings, you’ll be done with your cover.


Once an author finishes a manuscript, they have many publishing options available to them, and one of those options is a vanity press, which is a publishing house that charges for their services. In fact, you’ve probably seen some of their commercials. They usually say something like: “Are you an author? We can get your book published today!” Exciting! Right? Well, maybe not. It depends on your goals and your wallet.


Writing a fictional story can be a daunting task for any writer. Choosing the right words and effectively developing characters are ways to attract your readers, and editing your drafts can help you achieve that goal. You want to be able to clearly add value with each sentence of your writing so that your readers do not get frustrated and turn away.

However, there may be times that your writing doesn't flow because of some editorial problems, and you may not know how to address them. Proofreading and editing your drafts is essential to grabbing your reader's attention and keeping your reader gravitated toward your writing. Without using either tool, readers will likely go to a new source for their amusement.

Here are some common editorial problems that can be found in fiction and how you can quickly fix them yourself and get your writing to flow again.

By: Merry Monteleone


In today’s day and age you might wonder why any author would choose to write under a pseudonym. It’s easy enough to figure out who the author really is, so it can’t be to hide their identity. There’s relatively little that the voracious sleuths of the interwebz can’t discover.

Look at JK Rowling, for example. Her effort to publish under the pen name Robert Galbraith was uncovered by use of software to analyze the writing style. (1)

Of course, not every author will elicit the kind of scrutiny that Rowling does. The fact remains that anonymity is not guaranteed by the use of a pen name.

As a writer, few things are more frustrating than having a great idea for a story with no way to get it down on the page. While you might have battled writer’s block when you couldn’t come up with any ideas, blank page syndrome is a little different. Blank page syndrome occurs when you already have plans for what you want to write, but your mind seems to just go blank whenever you get ready to type. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, and you can use these tips to work through the issue step by step.

1. Eliminate Distractions

First, take a good look around the room. Is the television on? Can you hear people talking in the other room? If so, try to create a quieter environment, or play some soft music in the background if it helps you write. Then, check your computer screen. Try to shut off down any tabs or apps that distract you from your blank page.

Are you wondering if you should get a line edit along with your developmental edit? To help you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, many editors will package various types of editing together then charge a reduced rate for both services, but is it a good idea? To help you decide, it’s important to understand each editing type and how it helps improve your work. 

Explanation of Developmental Editing 

Developmental editors concentrate on the content of your manuscript as you are developing it. It is the most in-depth type of editing. A developmental editor will look at every aspect of your book, its structure, plot, theme, flow, and any dialogues or characterizations. Depending on how seasoned a writer you are, some of the suggestions for improvements can be major changes. 

Have you ever wondered if it’s a good idea to get a combination editing package, like a line edit plus a proofreading service, in order to save money and get your novel finished faster? If you have, you’re not alone. Many editors offer packages services that contain more than one type of editing, but you need to be careful when choosing a service, especially one that also contains proofreading. This is because proofreading is the final step in the editing process before you format your book and publish it.



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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