Write with purpose in mind. Edit with purpose in mind. Polish with purpose in mind. Use it as your criterion for chopping (or lack of it) and gauge your satisfaction against it. When 100% of your words are charged with meaning, your book is done.

Read more

When writing, choose words thoughtfully, and remember you are writing to communicate ideas and feelings for your reader to experience and understand.

Read more

If you don’t know what the central, golden nugget is in your book, if you haven't distilled it to that one central tenet, you'll fail to find your book's marketing message. Marketing your book becomes easier when you can zoom in on what makes you and your book special.

Read more

Breaking down the elements of best-selling books is akin to analyzing what makes a hit song – or a viral video. Seems obvious after the fact...

Read more

You can write a love story outside the romance genre. Romance is a staple of all types of literature. So when is it a "romance" and when is it just a book with a love story? Usually, it’s obvious.

Read more

In almost every story, there is a pill that makes something exciting happen. Whether it brings love, stardom, happiness, or calamity in your book is up to you.

Read more

You can juggle fiction and nonfiction writing in your career, but you'll need organization, diligence, and the ingenuity to recognize how to give each skill set its proper time, place, and respect in your writing life.

Read more