Three Ways To Properly Use Secondary Characters In Your Novel

By Rachel Beck Ever read a book that felt like it was taken over by the secondary characters? Where the main characters couldn’t get a word in edgewise or accomplish anything due to being overshadowed by other characters who think they’re running the show?  Writers are often heavily influenced by their characters. While some writers … Continue reading Three Ways To Properly Use Secondary Characters In Your Novel

How To Deal With Editorial Feedback From Your Literary Agent

by Margaret Graton You might hear that agents like authors who are “easy to work with,” but that moniker goes beyond authors who are generally agreeable people. This often has to do with how well the author works with feedback: will the author listen to suggestions and be amenable to edits, or will there be … Continue reading How To Deal With Editorial Feedback From Your Literary Agent

Three Reasons Why Novelists Should Write Short Stories

By Samantha Martin As an avid reader and writer, I have been writing “novels” since the age of nine. I love the process of building a complex world and characters over many, many pages. I used to dislike short-form work, such as short stories and novellas, for the simple reason that I did not feel I could … Continue reading Three Reasons Why Novelists Should Write Short Stories

Seven Non-Writing Tasks for Authors

By Margaret Graton Realistically, writing and editing are not where an author’s day ends, even for those who have made writing their full-time career. Here are seven tips to guide your non-writing time! 1 Read like a writer. Luckily, most writers are also readers. You can find another post on this here. It’s completely normal … Continue reading Seven Non-Writing Tasks for Authors