Writing Tips: Who Needs Rules to Write?

Writing Tips: Who Needs Rules to Write?

Writing Tips: Who Needs Rules to Write?   “There are three rules for writing a novel,” W. Somerset Maugham once quipped. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Anyone who’s set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) knows this to be true. However, that’s never stopped members of the literati from offering advice in […]

Essential Writing Tips: Giving characters their own voice

Giving Characters Their Own Voice   As long as there have been creative writing classes, aspiring authors have received the same advice: Write what you know.   Unfortunately, unless you know a lot — and even if you do — that advice will only take you so far. You’ll still face the issue of building […]

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned As practically all authors will tell you, writing isn’t easy, and yet I firmly believe that over time it can become a far less excruciating experience and sometimes even—dare I say it?—downright joyful. I’ve written several books of nonfiction and eleven mysteries and thrillers, and I love sitting […]

Writing Tips from J.A. Jance

Writing Tips from J.A. Jance

If you want to be a writer, read! Why people who don’t read books still want to write them is more than I can understand. If you want to be a writer, write what you love and respect your readers. If you look down your nose at genre fiction and are only writing a mystery […]

Tess Gerritsen's writing tips

Tess Gerritsen’s writing tips for completing a novel…

by Tess Gerritsen It invariably happens to me about halfway through a manuscript.  Inspired by an intriguing premise, I launch straight into the story, set my characters into action, throw in a few initial twists…and then I smack into a wall.  Because I have no idea what happens next in my story.  Or I don’t […]

Scott Turow’s Writing Tips

Scott Turow’s Writing Tips Scott Turow is the author of bestselling legal thrillers Presumed Innocent and Time magazine’s Best Fiction Novel of 1999 Personal Injuries. He has won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers’ Association.   Scott Turow’s writing tips: 1)  Write every day.  The muse only visits if you’re ready for her to […]

Fourteen Writing Tips

Fourteen Writing Tips 1. Strengthen your writing muscles by writing for an hour every day, without distractions and without stopping. Then, if your other work schedule permits, go to two hours, then three. If you have trouble sitting still that long, write for twenty minutes, get up and stretch/exercise/have a cup of coffee for five […]

R.L. Stine on writing

R.L. Stine’s Writing Tips

R. L. Stine’s Writing Tips R. L. Stine is the author of hundreds of bestselling horror fiction novels, including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. R. L. Stine’s Writing Tips: 1. Never sit down and start writing. Always have a complete plan for what you are going to write before you start. 2. Always know the ending of your […]

Michael Palmer’s Writing Tips

Michael Palmer’s Writing Tips 1) Relax!! — breathing, meditation before starting. Don’t take yourself too seriously. 2) Identify those passages that you are particularly fond of and get rid of them. Those are the passages that call the readers’ attention to what a good writer you are. 3) Be fearless. Try things you know might […]

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Ten Writing Tips

Five Tips for Writing a Suspense Novel

Five Tips for Writing a Suspense Novel The pops of an old house settling. The creak of a door. The haunting silence of being alone. These are some of my favorite sounds, so choosing to write suspense wasn’t a stretch for me when I decided to give penning a novel a go. Over the years, […]

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author

Ten Writings Tips From a Thriller Author I write legal thrillers and addition to writing thrillers, I read them. I’m a huge fan of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, and my experience as a writer and reader has taught me the wisdom of some writing rules. #1: If you write a chapter that doesn’t advance the plot, […]

Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Legal Thriller

Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Legal Thriller   Courtroom Scenes Are Inherently Dramatic. A courtroom can provide a perfect locale for drama and tension. Events take place in a confined space. Authors can “play to the jury” while playing with readers’ expectations, allowing the suspense to build. Judges can be depicted as people who […]