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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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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