Category: Writing

Novel Writing, Productivity, Writing

Getting The Most From a Writer’s Retreat

Desk

A writer’s retreat can be a rewarding experience. It gives you a chance to get away from your everyday distractions and really get some work done. It can also give you a chance to experience a new location and meet new people. (Note the difference between a retreat and a conference: A conference will have …

Freelancing, Novel Writing, Writing

10 Approaches to Revision

Erasers

Most people think of revision as painful and something to be avoided. It’s much more fun to play with a first draft than to try to take something half-baked and shape it into something publishable. If you want to make money writing, though, you have to revise. No one’s work is perfect on the first …

Freelancing, Novel Writing, Publishing, Writing

Advice For Older Writers

Age

Writing doesn’t suffer from quite the same age bias as other media occupations, but there is sometimes a tendency to favor younger writers over older writers. Why? Because younger writers are viewed as having a longer career ahead of them (which means more money for the publisher). Also, the sad truth is that younger writers …

Freelancing, Novel Writing, Writing

Go Beyond Online Research

Research

It’s great that we live in an age where information is just a couple of mouse clicks away. Gone are the days when we had to slog through the stacks at the library for even the simplest research. Unfortunately, too many of us have become excessively reliant on the Internet for our research needs. It’s …

Creativity, Novel Writing, Writing

Avoiding The Dreaded “Mary Sue”

Characters

One of the hardest things about writing fiction is creating characters that are believable. Too many writers create characters that are just like themselves. While this seems like a way of “writing what you know,” too often it ends up creating a “Mary Sue” character. Mary Sue’s come across as poorly developed, shallow reflections of …