TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION

TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION

TEN TIPS FOR WRITING CRIME FICTION (SOME MORE SERIOUS THAN OTHERS)   1.     READ! I know this sounds blindingly obvious, but I’m constantly amazed by the number of people I meet who tell me they are writing something, then stare at me blankly when I ask them what kind of stuff they enjoy reading. Every […]

Top Ten Tips for Writing a Page-Turner

Top Ten Tips for Writing a Page-Turner

Top Ten Tips for Writing a Page-Turner When I sat down to write my first thriller, I wanted to write something that moved really fast, a story that was so intense that you couldn’t look away. My goal was to write a page-turner that the reader could not put down. The Couple Next Door has […]

TEN TOP TIPS FOR WRITING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

TEN TOP TIPS FOR WRITING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

TEN TOP TIPS FOR WRITING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE I’ve written more than twenty-five romantic suspense novels, so over the years I’ve learned some good guidelines for writing successfully in that genre.  Here are ten suggestions, not necessarily in the order of importance—it all matters.   HAVE A HOOK FOR THE BOOK:  Think of this as having […]

Top Ten Tips on the Business of Writing

If you want to be a writer, you need to be a reader.  This can’t be said enough.  Reading is your continuing adult education.  Everything you read tells you something important about your writing.  Even a bad book can teach you a lesson (hint: don’t be the same bad in your books). Your agent should […]

Seven Tips for Rediscovering Your Love of Reading

  While some writers have been writing stories since they could hold a pencil, that wasn’t my experience. I was a reader first. For thirty-five years I fell into books, crawled into stories, and lived there as often as possible. Then one day the stories in my head tumbled onto a page. I started writing, […]

Five Tips on Emotions for Riveting Story-telling

  I’ve always loved writing suspense for a number of reasons. I love the fight for justice and the assurance that the good guys will always win. I love taking a real-world situation, like human trafficking, or a bio-terrorism threat, and dropping my characters into the middle of the chaos as they risk their lives […]

The Very Short Story Starter: 101 Flash Fiction Prompts for Creative Writing

The Very Short Story Starter: 101 Flash Fiction Prompts for Creative Writing Think about your writing from a new perspective and learn to tell a story in the most effective way possible with this flash fiction workbook. Popular with creative writers around the world, flash fiction is an ultra-short story format (usually 1,000 words or […]

10 Tips from the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction”

10 Tips from the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction”

10 Tips from the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction” When I was in my early twenties, I had the privilege of watching one of the greatest writers of our time, Ron Rash, do what he did best: work. Ron was always methodical, everything set just so. A glass of tea here, maybe a photograph there, […]

Tips on professional behavior for the writer

Tips on professional behavior for the writer

Tips on professional behavior for the writer It’s a good time of year to stick to those resolutions you made. I find that toward the end of the year, some of my best behavior gets sloppy. So here’s a reminder of how to present yourself as a professional author in all your dealings: 1) Courtesy. […]