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5 Super-Easy Fiction Writing Tips You Can Use Today

5 Super-Easy Fiction Writing Tips You Can Use Today

Want to write more fiction? You can. Let’s look at some easy fiction writing tips which will help… some of the tips may feel counter-intuitive, but they work.

Write More: 5 Easy Fiction-Writing Tips

To speed through a novel, or short story, you need to have a process.

Here’s a simple process:

  • Create a concept/ basic idea: I use the fast-start process. Try it, it works;
  • Create two characters and their goals. One’s the protagonist; the other’s the antagonist — I think of them as the goodie and the baddie;
  • Plot the major scenes which are the turning points of the story;
  • Write a fast draft;
  • 2nd draft — this is where the real writing happens;
  • Editing.

Plotting happens while you’re writing — we talked about layers. Never miss an opportunity to make your story more exciting.

1. Stop writing when there’s nothing there

You’ve been writing your story, and it’s magic. You wake up excited and eager to get that day’s writing done.

One morning (or whatever time of day you write fiction)… nothing. You’re uninspired, or just tired. You don’t want to write.

When your book’s been going well, this is resistance. It’s your subconscious mind waving its hands and yelling — “stop! You’re going the wrong way…”

Pay attention. Stop. Sleep on it.

Next day, you’ll either have the solution to the problem you didn’t know was there (but your subconscious mind did), or you’ll find the problem when you read through the draft.

Vital: to write more, pay attention to your intuition. Listen. The answer will come.

Your challenge here is to identify those times you’re being lazy. If you suspect you’re just goofing off, push through it. Write anyway.

2. Write in scenes: diagram them first

One of the challenges with fiction is logistics; moving people around in your scenes. Two people in a scene are manageable; more than two are a challenge.

Before I start a scene, I like to draw little diagrams on index cards. I identify each person in the scene, what his or her goal is, what secret they’re keeping from the other characters, and anything else that’s important.

When you think through a scene before you start writing, your writing will flow, and you’ll write more.

3. Write in scenes: goal, first line, last line

I also write the first and last sentences of a scene before I start, as I explained in this article.

When you know where you’re going, you’ll get there faster. 🙂

4. Stop writing when you’ve answered the “story question”

The story question is the point of your novel or short story. It’s when your main character has achieved his goal. In a mystery, it’s when the sleuth confronts the killer; in a romance, it’s when the guy gets the girl.

Your characters may or may not live happily ever after — end the story when it’s done. We talked about outlining and big scenes here. Your biggest scene is the story’s climax. Once it’s over, so is your story.

5. Don’t “write”: see it, feel it, and then write it

If you’re a new fiction writer, that is, you’ve been writing fiction for fewer than five years, your focus tends to be on the words. When readers read however, they don’t care about the words — you don’t stare at the painter’s brush strokes when you’re looking at a painting, do you?

Just as you experience a painting, your readers experience your fiction. That means that YOU need to EXPERIENCE it.

See your scenes in your imagination. Experience what your characters experience. For your readers to feel it, you need to feel it first.

Robert Frost said:

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

See it and feel it first. Then write it. You’ll write more, and your readers will get their money’s worth.

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How To Write Commercial Fiction With Hot Plots

The big secret of making money from your fiction is writing a lot. And publishing strategically and consistently. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program ensures that authors can make money from short stories, and all kinds of fiction. Moreover, whatever you’re publishing, you have a global audience.

You’re about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you’re writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily. Discover Hot Plots.

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Write A Novel: Quick Tips To Get Started (and keep going)

Write A Novel: Quick Tips To Get Started (and keep going)

You want to write a novel, but you’re not sure how to get started. We’ve got lots of tips to help. But first — are you sure you want to write a novel? Why not practice with some short fiction?

Novellas and short stories sell well on Amazon, because of Kindle Unlimited. Subscribers to the Kindle service can read anything they like, for free. You get paid whenever a reader reads more than ten per cent of one of your ebooks. As you can imagine, it’s very easy for readers to get to 10% of a short story, and… ka ching.

Have fun writing your novel: if you’re having fun, so are readers. For the first time in decades, writing fiction can be profitable. Will YOU make lots of money? Probably not. But if you love to tell stories, you can share them with the world at the click of the Publish button… what’s not to like about that?

Story Power: short stories made easy

Story Power

Story Power — insider secrets of writing short stories and making them work for you: writing serials, and series.

Write with me: over four weeks, you’ll discover HOW to not only write short fiction, but also make money at it. I make a very nice income ghostwriting fiction for clients, and also selling my own short fiction under various genre pen names.

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How to profit from your writing: online store.

The BEST Kindle Book Marketing Tip

In the past 30 days, 78,000 ebooks have been added to Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore. This means that book marketing isn’t optional. If you don’t market, your books just won’t be found. Let’s look at the best Kindle marketing tip.

Here it is. Market to your readers.

Book marketing starts before you write your book

I’ve been urging my students and readers to do this since at least 2006. Savvy authors just do it. They know that it’s essential. However, when working with students who’ve published many books, and are rapidly building their catalogue on Amazon, I’m still amazed at how little attention they pay to marketing to readers.

Prepare for readers when you prepare the upload of your new ebook

Prepare by creating a mailing list. Choose the list provider of your choice. MailChimp has become popular in the past few years. I’m a longterm user of Aweber, so I stick with what I know;  Aweber is reliable, and has fantastic customer service.

(Scroll down the bottom of this post to watch the video, if you’re not sure how to set up a mailing list.)

Once you’ve created your reader’s list in Aweber, or elsewhere, put the code onto a Web page. If you don’t have a website, create a quick page on Strikingly. It’s fast, free and your page will look great.

Now put the URL to your webpage in the back matter of your ebook with a simple call to action: “Click here for updates to further releases.”

No, you don’t need anything else… anything else is optional

When I suggest that authors ask readers to subscribe to a mailing list, they want to make it complicated. Please don’t.

Yes, it’s good to give readers a gentle inducement to join, by offering a goodie, but it’s not essential. If your readers want to hear from you, they’ll add their email address — give them the opportunity to do so.

Mailing list providers: broadcasts and sequences

Your mailing list provider offers two ways for you to send messages to your reader list: via a broadcast, or via a sequence.

A broadcast message is just what it sounds like. It’s a message which is broadcast/ sent out to readers as soon as you hit the Send button, or at a time you schedule.

A sequence of messages is sent out to all subscribers of your list. Your sequence can be a single message, or a thousand. You upload your messages, and decide the interval at which they’ll be sent. Sequencing messages becomes enormously useful when you’re promoting multiple books.

Consider this scenario. You’re an established indie. You have 25 ebooks on Amazon, both fiction, and nonfiction. You set up your mailing list for readers just before you upload your next ebook. You provide a link to the webpage where readers can subscribe in the back matter.

Your sequence looks like this:

  1. A “thank you for subscribing” message
  2. A message promoting one of your ebooks. You give a short blurb, and ask readers to check out the ebook
  3. The rest of the sequence: 24 messages, each one promoting an ebook

Each time you publish an ebook, add a message to your sequence… and send a broadcast

When you publish your next message, you create two messages for your mailing list. You send out a broadcast: “Check out my latest book”, and you add another message to your sequence.

Edit your ebooks to add links to your list’s webpage whenever you have time

Whenever you have a moment, add the link to your mailing list page to the end of one of your published ebooks. Over time, you’ll add them to all your books.

As readers buy your books, they’ll sign up to your mailing list. This can make a big difference to your sales, going forward.

Create your mailing list: it’s your best ebook marketing tip

Once it’s set up, you don’t need to concern yourself with your mailing list overly much. Yes, you can promote it if you wish. But your primary task is to get it set up, so that it can start working for you.

Set up your list today… 🙂

Video — Book Marketing Made Easy: Create a Mailing List

Creating a mailing list to get in touch with your readers, and stay in touch with them, is the easiest way to market your books.

As I said in the blog post above… No, you don’t need anything else… anything else is optional. You just need a mailing list which is populated by a sequence of automatic messages.

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