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.




When writing a fiction novel, the author needs to be prepared to write several drafts. It will take at least five drafts before a person has a finished product and something that they can be proud of. There are some tips when working on the fourth draft of the novel. This is called the Analytical draft or the surgical draft. Each line of the writing is closely examined and picked apart until it flows properly. 

View Your Draft Objectively
When editing the paper at this stage the story needs to be looked at from an analytical point of view. There can be some things removed at this time. If something does not make sense or if there is something that is too wordy it needs to be removed. There also may need to be some things added to clarify the plot. Details and additional information should be added. This will help make the plot clear and easy for the reader to understand. This is the time to make sure that the plot is easy to follow and it makes sense to the reader. 

Fix Grammar, Flow, Punctuation and Spelling as You See it
After you've picked your story apart, check grammar, spelling, sentence structure and flow A lot of times, this can be done at the same time you read through your novel, so you can make this one continuous process, but it you need to seperate tasks, that's okay too.

Cosider a Second Set of Eyes
An author can edit their own paper but it does have to have another person look it over as well. A writer is very close to their work and they know what they are trying to express. At times what is in their mind may not come across clearly on paper. Once they have picked apart their story and added or deleted items as needed, they should have someone else read it over. The reader can then tell the author if their ideas are coming through clearly and if their story makes sense. At this time any additional changes can be made to be sure that the story makes sense. Once the author has all of this information they can make additional changes and prepare to write the final draft. 

At this time the story s not complete but the author is one step closer to having their book done. When writing any book especially a fiction book it is going to take several drafts to have a final product. When the book is finished the author can share their work with others and be proud of what they have accomplished.

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Those venturing to write their first novel could consider it to be a challenging task. It doesn't help that there are arguments about how many drafts a writer should do of their novel before venturing to have it published. There are even debates about what each draft represents for some the third draft is either a midway point or even the final draft. However, when we look carefully at what is commonly known as the 5 draft method, which by the way is the perfect guidelines for any new author to follow we discover that the third draft is actually the rough draft of the novel going into manuscript form. So, elaborating on this helpful method we will closely examine what it will mean for a new writer to go into writing the third draft of a fiction novel or in this case the rough draft. 

  • Let the creativity flow: It is important to remember that in this stage, no one else will ever have to read what is written. All that is being done here is putting the story which has been in ideas and outlines during draft one and two into manuscript form for the first time. In other words, the framework is being done, but it doesn't have to be perfect, just start creating the story in the structure of the manuscript that is all that is needed at this point. 
  • Don't worry about research: Yes, if a novel deals with a specific part of history or a certain region of the world we want to make sure we have some authenticity to the story. However, at this stage, it is just important to get the overall story down on paper these fine details of ensuring things are realistically correct can come later. Remember even in fiction it is essential to have some truth involved but again research is secondary at this point. One thing that can be done is making notes onto manuscript about researching something further, and then keep writing on. 
  • Set a specific timeline to finish the draft: This might be difficult for some who already have a busy schedule but being able to set a goal to finish the rough draft will help individuals to stay on task. Don't let even writer's block get the better of you if you can't figure out a specific part that you have reached in the manuscript but know clearly something that happens later skip ahead and write that part first. Just keep the story moving ahead. 
  • Don't over-analyze: This can't be stressed enough some want to criticize their work even at this point. But this isn't the time to do that, the time to start to look the manuscript over pick it apart and start editing comes in the two later drafts. Again this one is all about getting the story down in manuscript form, it isn't the time to be a perfectionist about the story. 

The bottom line is that if we don't stress it too much the third draft can actually be fun. It is the time to see our story start to take shape, and come to life for the first time. So, enjoy the literary process and keep on writing.

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When writing a novel there are many steps involved in order to get the perfect end result of a completed and entertaining novel. You first have to plan and write the first draft of your novel but that is only half of the work, you then have to approach the second draft of your novel and really make sure it is completed and everything is in order before being sent to the publisher. 

Re-reading and Refreshing Yourself on the Story

The best method of approaching your second draft of your novel is to refresh yourself and reread the first draft first so that you are fully aware and prepared when starting the second draft. After re-reading make sure to sit back and take time to contemplate what you wrote and really dissect what you like and dislike about your novel that way you can make any necessary adjustments prior to even starting your second draft. After you read through it and came up with a plan of action as to what you want to change and what you would like to keep with your novel, you can then begin to write your second draft of your novel confidently. 

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You’ve got a great idea for a book. You’re ready to write it, but you aren’t sure how to begin. While there are tons of software products out there to help writers get started, most of them take tons of time to learn and setup, especially if you plan to fill out all the pieces of information, like character names, biographies and settings. Thankfully, you can start your next fiction project without investing a lot of time in prep work. Let me tell you how.

0. Open Your favorite Word Document and Give It a Name

You can use any title here from a working title to your story to something descriptive. I’m working on a fiction novel right now that’s saved as Vampire Erotic Thriller. I don’t actually have a proper title for it yet, so I saved it as its theme. It’s going to be an erotic vampire thriller, and that’s good enough until I get closer to finishing it.

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Wanting to write a novel is just half the battle. Any new writer knows just having an idea in their minds and perhaps an outline of how the overall story is going to go is just the beginning of the work that lies ahead. Of course, for those who are doing historical or even science fiction novels there is research to perform. Fiction is one thing but readers still want some fact that they can pull from.

Once all this is done, it’s now time to write the novel. Then write it again, and again. Yes, before a novel is done it could go through many drafts as we edit and polish it. The question though is how many drafts does a novel actually require? Some might say as many as it takes. The only problem is that some of us may be forever editing and rewriting a novel to get it perfect, and this can lead to over-editing. So, with this in mind let's look at a method known as the 5 draft method that some writers follow in order to work efficiently and effectively.

Draft 1: The Junk Draft 

This is the draft where the writer just lets the ideas flow forth. Just get everything down on paper or typed out. It's the draft where we don't stop to think too much just get the bare bones of the story into existence. 


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Once you’ve completed your book and performed the last content edit to check for plot holes, flow, punctuation and sentence structure, there’s still one more edit that you should perform prior to publishing your book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. This absolute last edit before formatting and publishing your book ensures that your sentences are tight and word redundancy is minimal.

1. Find “LY” Words

This check is fairly easy. Open your Find/replace function and type “LY”. Then, click “Find All”. This search finds every word in your manuscript with an “ly”. You really really really really want to reduce this number. LY words are modifiers, and you shouldn’t need many of them, and they can prove to be a distraction to readers. Go through and try and cut this number in half. The only place I don’t tend to remove these is dialogue, but I do try to pull them out of all the text that isn’t dialogue.

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We’ve all been here. You’re on a roll. you’re writing 2,000 to 10,000 words a day on your new novel. You’re slated to get your new first draft done in two to three weeks, and all of a sudden life kicks you in the ass. It’s been anywhere from four weeks to six months since you’ve looked at that bad boy, and you’ve forgotten where you are going with it.


This Sucks.


This is a crap scenario right here. You’ve read the last line you wrote and drawn a blank. This happened to me a few days ago. I was slated to get a first draft not only done, but published in less than six weeks. Then, I looked at my publishing schedule for the year and realized I wrote five books last year, and I have six to nine scheduled for this year. It’s time for a new website. This website, actually. So, I spent the last three weeks on this website. When I went back to my novel, I could not remember what I had planned to do next. Soneofabitch.


Thankfully, there are ways to get back into your next book quickly.


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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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