Month: October 2014

How to Write an Anecdote and Why Stories Bring Your Nonfiction to Life

You have a message to share with the world, but so far, people don’t seem interested. Are you wasting your time? You are if your nonfiction fails to or publisher. You may have forgotten the importance of — yes, even in nonfiction. Adding stories to your nonfiction: Hooks your reader from the get-go Transforms dull writing Makes your point quicker and more clearly than mere narrative summary People are drawn…

How to Write a Novel: A 12-Step Guide

You’ve always wanted to write a novel. But something’s stopped you. Maybe you’ve tried before, only to get thirty pages in and lose steam because: Your story idea didn’t hold up You couldn’t You feared your writing wasn’t good enough You ran out of ideas and had no idea what to do next You may be surprised to know that even after writing over 190 books (two-thirds of those novels)…

A Writer’s Guide to Point of View

Budding writers often ask me: “How do I master Point of View?” The inability to grasp this concept is the most common problem I see in aspiring novelists. Veteran editor Dave Lambert says, “No decision you make will impact the shape and texture of your story more than your choice of Point of View.” So let’s straighten it out, shall we? After you read this post, you’ll know the crucial…