So, I wrote a fiction novella draft. What now?

Now you turn that draft into a finished product, which can be done if you follow the steps that are outlined in lots of classes, books, videos, etc. They all go something like this (with individual variations, of course) : Make sure your story follows the steps of ‘The Hero’s Journey.’ That’s a book outlining …

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How much time did it take to write your first novel (from start to finish)?

This question makes me chuckle because there’s no real answer. I suspect that most authors will say the same thing. It’s relatively easy to say how long your second novel took to write. Or your third. Or fourth. And so on. But your first? It took forever! Absolutely forever!, Because your first novel is a …

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Why are short stories interesting to readers?

A confession: I love short stories! I love them because they are short. I suspect that’s why many — maybe most — people like them. Because they are short. That said, they are not simple. Many people think a short story is an easy thing to write. A piece of fluff. A lazy person’s output. …

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What are your advices on writing a story?

The answer to this question — without meaning to sound snide — is to learn the craft of writing fiction. Note that I said the craft, not the art, because they are two different things and — good news — a craft can be learned. There are workshops, books, online courses, free information everywhere that …

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Are first person novels more personal?

This is a personal answer. How it seems to me. Other writers may see things differently. I believe first person novels are more personal, not because of anything intrinsic about the writing itself but, rather, because the act of writing in the first person takes the author deeply into the view-point character’s mind, thoughts, feelings, …

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What are some good writing exercises? I stopped writing a few years back and would like to start again.

If you haven’t written for a while, the first thing to do is consider your life today. How much time do you have for writing and when during the day or night would be the best time to write? This can be important because if you don’t schedule writing for when you have the time, …

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What are some good tips for writing a fantasy novel?

The fantasy genre is huge and varied. So first you should figure out which sub-genre you will choose. There’s High Fantasy, with speech and word patterns that somewhat resemble old English and usually involve royalty and royal magic. There’s Urban Fantasy that’s contemporary, though it may or may not take place in a city. There’s …

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How do you stay organized when conveying your thoughts in writing, and is it really that important to the reader?

Absolutely, it’s important to the reader! If your mind is messy, your writing will also be messy. But whether you organize consciously or unconsciously isn’t important. All that matters is that you know what you wish to say and that you say it competently and succinctly so your reader will know exactly what’s in your …

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