Writing Tips



Writing a novel is  ahuge undertaking that can take months and even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail 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.  If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks in order to speed up the process of writing your novel without diminishing its quality or value to readers.

Creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What's 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.

If you’ve been a writer for any length of time, you’ve probably had someone tell you to write what you know, but what is that? You might even think – What I know is boring. I know that second phrase is what I think. What I know is boring. I’m boring. I worked as a computer operator, computer programmer, pilot and retail manager. Most of that is boring. No one wants to read a book about a retail manager. They might read one about a pilot, and I don’t know about that computer operator or programmer unless I wanted to write something like The Net.

If What You Know Is Boring, How Do You Make It Interesting? 

Let’s take a closer look at that pilot. I flew airplanes. I went to college to fly airplanes. I was a certified flight instructor, and I met some pretty shady individuals in that industry. Thieves. Organized Crime. Sex Addicts. Alcoholics. Abusive Sons of Bitches. The details of what I know are starting to form. A pilot flying from point A to point B every day is boring, but a drug addicted pilot, running drugs and guns for an organized crime family while being chased by the cops is pretty doggone interesting. I may have a story here.

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If you’re like me, you have a ton of fiction novels laying around. You probably have some you liked, some you didn’t like and some you’ve read multiple times. You may also have more than a few collecting dust. The good news is that you can use those novels to jumpstart your own novel. All you have to do is pick one in your preferred genre and open it.

Get Your Novel Started with a Novel

For most writers, the biggest challenge of writing a novel is getting started, and it doesn't matter if you’ve never written a novel or if you’ve written dozens of novels. A blank page is still intimidating even if you have an idea. You have a basic idea of the flow of the novel, and you know the setting and the name of the main character. All those ideas and thoughts are fresh in your head and you are ready to slam out thousands of words, until you open your word processor. The minute you see that blank page, all your brilliant ideas just disappear just like last night’s ice cream. Having a novel on hand can help you get rid of that blank page and alleviate your anxiety over starting a new piece of fiction.

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 When you’re writing a new novel, you can choose to do all the writing, drafting, editing, proofreading, polishing and formatting yourself, or you can choose to work with an editor. What you decide will depend on your budget and whether or not you feel editing services are something you want to utilize.

1. The Developmental Edit

Developmental edits are designed to find large flaws in your manuscript. This is typically where the editor goes though and points out things that are missing and things are unclear. It could be description. It could be a dropped main plot of a dropped subplot or a scene, section or chapter that you forgot to finish. When it comes to developmental edits, you want to get them done fairly early in the process. I recommend no later than after draft three. At this stage, your plots and subplots should be in and any description your going to add should also be in the manuscript. I recommend getting developmental edits done at drafts two and three because you should be about halfway finished with the writing process, but you shouldn’t be so far along that major changes really send you into a tailspin and delay the publication of your work. It’s worth noting that these are one of the most expensive types of edits, but they can save you months when they are performed correctly and utilized correctly.

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1. Amazon Fire HD 8 - $59.99 for the 16GB Model

The Amazon Fire HD 8 offers up to 10 hours of battery life, and comes with either 16 or 32GB of storage with the ability to add an SD card for up to 400GB of storage. It also has a reasonably decent processor at 1.3GHz, contains a front and rear facing camera and offers dual-band Wi-Fi. At $60 for the 16GB version, it’s also extremely affordable. For those who want more storage, the 32GB model is only $90. Both of these prices are extremely reasonable. The only downside is the 8” screen, which is a little bit small in my opinion.



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Are you looking for a universal multi-platform piece of writing software so that you can work on your novel at home, while you are out and while you are on vacation or away for the weekend? If you answered yes, Wavemaker may be the right novel writing software for you because it is compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, ChromeBooks and Android.


Update: I would only work on one book at a time with this software.  When I added a second book, uploading to Google Drive to save the new book overwrote the first book.  Luckily, I was simply using it for testing purposes, and what I had input, I also had saved on my computer.  I have reached out to the developer, but I have not heard anything back.

Understanding and Getting Started with Wavemaker

The first thing you need to know about Wavemaker is that it is a browser-based piece of writing software that is available for Chrome and Chromium. It’s full name is Wavemaker Cards. It should not be confused with the Wavemaker aPPaaS software, which is a completely different company.

Getting and Installing Wavemaker Cards

First, you’ll need to grab the Chrome Extension, which is compatible with both Chrome and Chromium. You can do this two ways. You can visit Wavemaker.cards, or you can go to the 3 dots in the upper right corner of your Chrome or Chromium Browser, click on More Tools → Extensions. Scroll to the bottom of your extensions list and click “Get More Extensions”. Type Wavemaker in the search box. The header of the extension says: Wavemaker Cards, Plan and Write Your Novel. Click Add extension or Install, whichever your browser says. This will create an icon to the right of your browser’s URL input bar. It is black and gray and diamond-shaped.


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Do you need a little professional guidance so you can edit your book more efficiently in order to get it ready for publication? If you can’t afford a human editor, getting a few good editing books can mean the difference between having a good novel and having a great novel. Here are my top 5 picks for fiction editing books.

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Are you looking for an affordable way to edit your fiction manuscript? If you are, the first thing that may come to your mind is hiring an editor. While hiring an editor offers benefits, like taking th editing off your hands and allowing you to get started on your next book while your editor works on your current book, it can be rather pricey.

Going Rates for Book Editorial Services

If you’ve taken a gander at my editing services, which I call Extreme Editing, you know that I charge $40 per 1,000 words, and you’re probably thinking, Holy Shit! That’s $3,200 for an 80k book! To be fair, that’s not proofreading. My extreme editing is a combination of line editing plus developmental editing. This means I fix what I can by adding description and clarifying passages, and I leave comments for things that need changed but have to be changed by you. Now, you’re wondering if that’s a fair price. Well, take a look at some of the other going rates. Fair Warning – I’ve never used any of these guys, so I cannot vouch for their services.

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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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By: Sperring, Kari
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal
By: Brown, Nathan Robert
Published by: Alpha Books

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By: Grover, John
Published by: Double Dragon Publishing

There is a world that exists within our world. It is the world of shadow. A realm where anything is possible, a world where nothing is as it seems, a world that few have ever seen and returned to tell the tale. In this world new kinds of monsters are... more...

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By: Gleason, Katherine
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