I started with Xposed the first book in the Code Raven Series. I had so much fun creating Luke Raven, Samaar and their cohorts (billionaire patriot, spies, ex-SEALS, ex-Mossad agent, a brilliant techie)that I wanted to keep on writing! My readers loved it and it was really their comments “What’s next?” “I can’t wait to read more!” “I’m … Continue reading If you’ve always wanted to write, here’s how I started.
What is your Best Unconventional Writing Advice? It has nothing to do with grammar, or the English language, or what sells or doesn’t sell. I follow a few simple rules. I think I read this in Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott) “You have to stop writing as if your mother is reading over your shoulder!” I paraphrased, … Continue reading 6 Tips that will change the way you write
I've been asked on Quora how I improve my writing skills. A good question don't you think? Writing is learned by reading—and writing. So the first thing to do would be to read more. This month I will produce a 25000-word novella—I’m at 8000 words today, and I will probably have read 6 … Continue reading On how to improve your writing skills
I love my books. But I loathe third read-throughs and edits. I’m done by the time the book comes back from the editor for final review. It’s not that I don’t love what I’ve written, but the tedious job of going back over it, over and over again, is boring for me. I want to … Continue reading Do you love what you write?
Take a break. Go out, have lunch, take some photos, read a book—clear your head. You might be pushing too hard. I read gossip columns, go to Huffington Post, Netflix—watch something totally unlike anything I’m working on. The idea is to trick your muse into thinking he/she is no longer working. Then go back … Continue reading How do you handle writer’s block?
You start with an idea. Where you proceed from there depends on the genre you wish to write. For example, JET: EXPOSED (Kindle Worlds Novella) (JET WORLD Book 1) is a series of Action/Suspense/Thriller novellas (fan fiction) that require lots of plot, the original characters from Russell Blake’s super successful JET series, and my … Continue reading Have you got what it takes to write a novel? NaNoWriMo
In my lifetime I’ve written 4 complete novels, published two of them. The first I lost. Don’t laugh! I must have thrown it out by accident thinking it was previously published poetry work! I wrote the first book over 6 months and consequently if I can focus on it, 4 months seems to be my … Continue reading How long did you take to finish writing a novel? Q
My amazing birthday ended with fireworks and chocolate lava cake, and two young men who filled my heart with joy. But that's not where it started. The beginning of a new decade is a pivotal time in anyone's life . For me it's a champagne-popping moment to make a committment to take risks that will … Continue reading LOVE The Beat Goes On
Think Long Term. Create A Body Of Work. This is an excerpt from The Successful Author Mindset. Out now in ebook, print, workbook and audiobook formats by Joanna Penn. When we see stories in the media about a particular author who made it big, who seemed to come from nowhere, there are usually years of … Continue reading “An overnight success is 10 years in the making.” Tom Clancy