Where do authors get their ideas for fiction novels?

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The answer might surprise you. In fact, there isn’t really “one” answer to the question. Most people get random ideas on occasion. However, what makes most people different from best-selling authors is that most people don’t typically make note of or remember their ideas. Their ideas come, then go. An entrepreneur, however, might be more … Read more

Great authors share these 5 attributes

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Every writer is unique, although most adhere to accepted standards and fundamental teachings. Still, no two authors are the same, which is part of what makes reading such an enjoyable activity. If you were to get to know some of the best-selling authors of all time, however, you might notice that they have certain characteristics … Read more

Why authors should stay hydrated

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You might wonder what adequate daily water intake has to do with being a good writer. In fact, millions of people go through their career and home routines in a state of chronic dehydration. Most don’t even realize it. When you begin to understand the effects that chronic dehydration has on the body, you’ll also understand the … Read more

Don’t wait for a terminal diagnosis to write a book

write a book

How many people do you know (perhaps, yourself included) that have a dream but never take action to bring it to fruition? It’s easy to procrastinate and make excuses for not accomplishing our goals. We don’t have time. There’s not enough money in savings. We’re too old or too young. We don’t know the right … Read more

Include these things with your manuscript submission

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It’s an exciting moment when you add a punctuation mark to the final sentence of the last chapter of the fiction novel you’ve been working on for months (or years). You no doubt feel a mix of emotions at that time. Perhaps you’re relieved that you’ve completed the project but also a tad bit sorrowful … Read more

Let your characters tell the story

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When trying to set the scene or describe unfolding events to readers, it’s always best if an author keeps three letters in mind: SDT. These letters represent the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” It can mean the difference between a good story and a great one. For example, you could write that your character is cold, … Read more

Obscure trends of best-selling fiction novels

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While various genres of books may take center stage in popularity among avid readers from time to time, some types of stories never seem to lose traction in the marketing world. For instance, romance novels and mysteries/thrillers consistently rank high on most lists for trending story styles. It’s difficult to determine what readers might love … Read more

The hardcover versus softcover book debate

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When you’ve brought your dream to fruition of writing a fiction novel manuscript and having it accepted by a publisher, you’ll face numerous decisions. For example, you’ll work with your publishing and design teams to choose a book cover for your novel. This is an important decision because cover design makes a first impression. In … Read more

Things to know about collaborative fiction

collaborative fiction

Think of the many tasks and duties or projects in the workplace that are easier to accomplish when working as a team rather than individually. For example, if you work for a large advertising company and have been given a deadline that doesn’t allow much time, working as a team can help. Each team member … Read more

Avoid these mistakes before submitting a manuscript

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Fiction novels typically come to be in one of two ways: as the final product of a writer’s effort that may have taken months (or several years) to complete, or a story that suddenly and overwhelmingly took form in a writer’s mind so that he or she had to sit down immediately to start writing, completing an entire … Read more