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.




Starting Your Fiction Book

I’ll start off by saying that I have a minimalist style when it comes to starting and writing novels. This means I do not write outlines or detailed notes prior to beginning any novel. I may do those things later in the process, but I don’t do it when I’m staring at a blank page that says: Chapter 1. It also goes without saying that the fastest way to start a book is to start writing it.

I also think the fastest way to never start or finish your novel is to bog yourself down with detailed character biographies, notes and plot outlines. After all, you’re going to think you did an amazing amount of work if you wrote 50 pages of character biographies that included primary and secondary emotions, height, weight, tattoos and disabilities along with their back-stories, primary driving forces and personality traits. The truth is that you didn’t write a word of your novel, and I believe that in most instances, those descriptors and features will come out in the text as you write.

If you do a lot of novel writing in LibreOffice and use your LibreOffice files (after properly formatting them for your 6 by 9 book) as your publication file, you’ve probably created more than one Table of Contents for your ebook and print books. When you perform this task manually, it can take hours. Thankfully, LibreOffice has a function that will automatically create and format your Table of Contents for you.

1. Make Sure Your Settings Are Correct

It’s important to understand that LibreOffice is freeware, and it’s developed and maintained by volunteers. For that reason, certain functions may not be set up correctly, even if they exist. This is very true for the Table and Contents Index Function, which is located under the Insert menu. Most how-to instruction lists tell you to click on Insert→Table Contents and Index→Table of Contents, Index or Bibliography and click OK. This will get you a heading that says – Table of Contents – and nothing else. That’s not very useful. In fact, it leads to a lot of unnecessary frustration.

Writing should be a passion; a talent most say they wish they could do. The general perspective of an author is that they are extraordinary, making words come to life so easily. For the majority, this is not the same perspective a writer has about their work, their skill, their talent. Yes, they are passionate about their words, but most are not confident.

 There are several reasons why an author/writer has low self-esteem when it comes to putting fingers to keypad. 

Those of us who want to write a fictional story know that this is no easy task. It does require a vivid imagination and a whole lot of drive to get the book done along with the discipline to go through all the drafts to get it just right. However, no matter how many times we may stop to edit our story there is still a chance that we could fall into making some of the most common mistakes known to writers. Yes, authors who are published through a publishing house will have an editing department who could catch these errors but this is the era of self-publishing and more aspiring authors are taking this route. So, these mistakes are so easy to fall into that even some of the most well-known authors who are best sellers have to be cautious of falling into these pitfalls. So, what are these common editorial problems that plague every author be it aspiring or established? Well, below we will go into some of these and ways in which you can go about avoiding these in the future.


There are hundreds of software that targets for writers. Also, there are some that require a fee to use. There are others that are free and here are the three choices to consider:

1. The Reedsy Book Editor

The writer who uses this will able to monitor any changes that were made, create outlines if needed, and changes themes like in classic mode or romance mode. Exporting files will be a breeze as well.  In addition, The Reedsy Book Editor is free and easy to use. Other key roles that the The Reedsy Book Editor other key features are: formatting the book on how the user wants it, ebook capability, can be published, and offers other professional collaborations. The Reedsy Book Editor offers ready to use templates, and some of the templates have amazing designs or the user can create a new one. When the user is ready to start typing, the user can apply the breaks like in between chapters, pictures, book cover, and etc. Also, the user can choose from distributors like EPUB or keep it in PDF file.

Are you wondering how to author a book so that you can become the next Stephen KingWalt WhitmanVirginia WoolfDan Brown,Ralph Waldo Emerson or thriller, suspense and erotica author Stacey Carroll? (Kidding on the one.  You don't want to be. You want to be you.) With that being said, authoring a book can be a rewarding experience, especially once you see your name on the cover and feel your print book in your hands, but how do authors write books? 

1. You Need an Idea Before You Can Become a Famous Author

The first step to authoring a book is having an idea. What do you want to write about? What genres do you like, or what’s your area of expertise if you plan to write a non-fiction book? Of course, if you’re thinking of writing a fiction or non-fiction book, you probably already have an idea about what you’d like to write, and if you don’t, think about the types of books you like to read and where they fell short for you. Then, write the book you’d like to read and include all the elements you thought were missing from the books you’ve read. For me, that’s writing books from the bad guy's perspective and taking a no-holds-barred approach, meaning I don’t fade to black, and I don’t skip writing the difficult scenes.

Note: As of June 5, Twuffer Deleted all user accounts and has shutdown. Their developer account was suspended in Feb of 2020, and they were unable to remedy the issue, if they ever knew what it was. This information is still good to know as you can apply it to other plaforms.  If you are looking for an alternative to Twuffer, I recommend Tweetdeck or Woop Social.


Do you need a way to schedule your monthly posts to Twitter rapidly and either free or at an extremely low monthly cost? If you answered yes, you may like Twuffer. Twuffer was aptly named to be a cross between Twitter and Buffer. In fact, when you first open the site, it says: OMG! It’s a Twitter Buffer! They currently have 475,000 users, and the site has sent out more than 42.2 million Tweets. However, it’s important to note that it only supports Twitter.

Twuffer Plans

Twuffer has two plans, including free and paid.

Free Plan


  • Up to 50 scheduled Tweets per month (I’ve never been limited, so unless they’ve recently changed the algorithm, all you’re going to get is a popup asking you to switch to the paid plan.)

  • Upload Images for every post

  • Manage 1 Twitter Account

  • Share links with every post




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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