Blog

How to Thrive at Textbroker

Textbroker doesn’t have much to do with writing fiction, but it has served as the backbone of my income as a freelance writer for many years. Writing for others gives me the freedom and time to write fiction for my own pleasure, and this post will hopefully help other writers who are open to ghostwriting as a way to turn words into cash. I have heard other writers complain that there is no work at Textbroker or that the prices are all too low, and I have wondered how so many people could have a dramatically different experience than I Keep Reading!

Writer’s Depression – Is It a Real Thing?

Have you heard about this thing called writer’s depression? I’ve been reading a lot of books about writing from some of my favorite authors, and I keep coming across a theme that really hits hard with me: Writing is lonely! If you talk to anyone who makes money with their words, they will eventually tell you that writing comes down to sitting alone with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper for long periods of time. If you want to achieve fiction writing success or writing success by any definition, you have to learn how to shut out the world Keep Reading!

I’m Writing My First Novel – A New Adventure Begins

Tonight’s post is going to be short because I’m coming off the high of creating a rough outline for my first novel. Yes, it’s official! I am writing my first novel and intend to have it completed within the next few months. I have been playing around with endless novel pot ideas for more than a year, wanting to write a novel but never fully committing to an idea. If you’ve been planning on writing your first novel for some time, perhaps you can understand the drama that comes with committing to an idea. Tonight, the magic just happened. I Keep Reading!

5 Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions in May

Do you have those fiction magazine submissions ready? There are some great literary magazines accepting submissions in May, and you have more than a week to get your stories ready for publication. Crab Orchard Review   This is one of many literary magazines accepting submissions from fiction writers in May. They’re looking for fiction and other creative writing for a special issue following this theme: “A World of Flavors – Writers on Food and Drink.” This is one of the more prestigious literary journals that will give you an impressive byline but not much monetary compensation. American Short Fiction   Keep Reading!

Writers Beware of the Newest Online Scams

You’ve probably been warned about online scams a million times, but the sad truth is that the best scams are often difficult to detect. They can trick even the most aware writer, and in some cases, they’re attached to legitimate products that may actually have some value to you. Unfortunately, deceptive marketing strategies can turn those products of potential into scams that manipulate writers hoping for online success.   Scammer In Disguise   Tonight, I opened an email from an online marketer whom I have followed online for years. I have great respect for this person and seriously considered buying Keep Reading!

Can’t Afford Fiction Writing Courses? Pick Up a Creative Writing Prompts Book Instead

I understand that not everyone can spare hundreds of dollars to participate in the best fiction writing courses. There were many years when I was one of those writers who just couldn’t justify that expense no matter how badly I wanted to improve my skills. The good news is that I discovered one resource that allowed me to learn about the craft of fiction without a big financial investment: the creative writing prompts book.   What Is a Creative Writing Prompts Book?   A creative writing prompt is an image or exercise that serves as a jumping off point for Keep Reading!

The Elements of Effective Fiction Story Ideas

Fiction story ideas are everywhere, but how do you identify one that has the chance to succeed? Some writers suggest testing your ideas to see if they have merit before you start writing, but that takes a lot of time that you could spend writing a short story or generating other creative story ideas. Sometimes what seems like a boring idea in summary will turn into an amazing story, and you only release that magic by giving the idea a chance. Rather than testing your ideas on others, I suggest judging them based on the following idea elements. When you Keep Reading!

How to Write a Novel Outline – An Overview of the Best Outlining Strategies

If you don’t want to become a “pantser” who allows each novel to evolve naturally through the writing process, you need to learn how to write a novel outline. Even if you do want to write without a strict storyline in place, it’s a good idea to create a loose outline that can give you some guidance if you get stuck. In this case, you will give yourself freedom to deviate from the outline at any time while keeping that safety net nearby. I have come across some great resources that have allowed me to create my own novel outlining Keep Reading!

Writing Erotic Fiction Stories? Creative Ways to Get in the Mood First

Writing erotic fiction stories that steam up the room and convince readers to turn one more page and then another isn’t as easy as it may seem. Most writers erase more words than they write before getting critical scenes just right. Others may want to burn every short story or novel that they produce because they just don’t feel the sizzle that brings erotic romance to life. If your goal is to write erotic stories that get your readers excited, it helps if you’re excited during the writing process. Your characters and plot alone should get your blood flowing in Keep Reading!

5 Realistic Fiction Story Ideas for Modern Storytellers

Coming up with successful realistic fiction story ideas is challenging because you want your readers to relate to your characters and storylines without getting bored. You want them to analyze their own lives and connect with your characters, but you also want your work to offer something unique. You want to stand apart from the crowd by embracing modern trends and presenting voices that are often ignored. You don’t need an elaborate plot with lots of twists and a shocking ending to stand out, and trying to come up with a story idea that has never been used before certainly Keep Reading!