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Dialogue is such a vital part of your novel, and if you’ve read anything in the last few years, you’ll know that bad, awkward dialogue can completely ruin a book.

If you’re wondering how to write dialogue, begin by writing a basic conversation. Get the words on the paper so you know what needs to be said, then read it aloud to see if it sounds authentic. Finally, work with a partner and read the scene, making notes on parts that don’t seem to work right.

The key to good dialogue is to make it sound like something someone would…

AuthorWriting a novel can be an exhilarating yet frustrating experience. Writer’s block is a real thing, and only around 3% of writers actually finish their work. Of course, there’s no rule saying you need to write a novel in a month, but is there a way to make the process go a little faster?

To write a novel in four months, commit to writing at least one chapter a day to be able to finish in under six weeks. Next, commit to polishing one chapter per day, fleshing out the story to perfection. The last edits will be much faster, and you should be able to work through three per day.

If you can just get through that draft, making it rough and full of errors, you’re already halfway there. Let’s take a look at how to speed up your writing process to get your book out faster.

How to Write the First Draft of Your Novel in One Month

I know how that sounds, but…

They say, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, it’s something we all do — and for good reason. With the emergence of Indie authors and the spike in self-publishing, a book cover can tell you a lot about the quality of the book overall.

To design a book cover for free, start by looking at other books in your genre. Readers expect certain things and the cover is your chance to grab their attention. Once you have a design in mind, go to and use their book cover template. …

It had taken three weeks to find McCall — the bitch always managed to keep her distance and her hands clean.

Her strict no-contact policy kept her underlings in line and out of her hair. The men on the streets spoke with middlemen, and the middlemen talked to one of three upper management guys. Those three were in contact with one of two senior managers, whose connection with their boss, McCall, was only ever virtual.

It cost more this way, but it also meant McCall was free to live her life as usual. She could take her kids to school…

The second she was through, she snapped her fists shut, closing the portal. It cracked closed so close behind she could smell her burnt hair.

It was such a risk to run, but she hadn’t been left with any other options. Being taken from her home and delivered to the Brotherhood was her worst nightmare.

Anya had always tried to be careful with her Light, knowing that if the Brotherhood found out what she was capable of, they would use her power to abandon the world to darkness and decay.

She was what they had been looking for, and…

The Challenges of Writing a Book (Continued)

In Novel Writing for Beginners — Part Two, we talked about some of the challenges of writing a book. We went over the kinds of distractions we can face as writers and how starting a daily writing habit can benefit your progress.

Here’s a quick recap:

  1. Most writers tend to work from home, where we’re surrounded by the familiar.
  2. It’s so easy to procrastinate when your family, friends, or pets are home.
  3. Working to a daily routine can be super helpful if you struggle to get to work in the morning.
  4. You need a designated workspace that is just for…

The Challenges of Writing a Book

Few people can sit down and write a book off the top of their head. If that’s you, then great! Way to go!! But for the rest of us, there are plenty of challenges that come with novel writing. The good news is, there are things you can do to eliminate those challenges and improve productivity. Here’s how!

Some of the challenges you face when writing a novel include:

  • Daily distractions
  • Limited time to write
  • Negativity
  • Disorganization

Overcoming these is not easy and can’t be done overnight. But if you start to change small things on a daily basis…

When it comes to writing a novel, be it your first or fiftieth, there is no right or wrong way to approach it. There is no definitive guide that lays out exactly how to write a best-seller, and it is a matter of personal preference on how to go about it.

That being said, there are a few loose rules that are good to follow and some tips and tricks that can make the whole process a little more enjoyable:

  1. Be clear on the genre of your work.
  2. Research the ideal word-count of that genre and what is generally…

Claire Wells

In 2019, Kindle paid out a staggering $299.4 million to the authors enrolled in the KDP Select Program.

The program might not be perfect, but it is clear that there are many benefits of self-publishing.

Self-publishing is worth it for the authors that are excited to see their work in print (digital or otherwise). No longer beholden to large publishing houses who hold all the cards, authors can make their work available to the public on their own timeline.

But is it for everyone?

Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

There are many benefits to self-publishing, but there are also several negatives that…

Claire Wells

It’s no secret that Amazon is the largest online bookstore in the world. It’s the largest online seller of everything, in fact, and the market is undeniably broad. This is why so many self-published authors look to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to release their work.

The good news is that self-publishing on Amazon is a breeze. Between their Kindle Create software — which is totally free to use — and their step-by-step publishing guide, you can have your finished manuscript uploaded in a matter of minutes.

Steps of Self-Publishing

When it comes to self-publishing, it can be both liberating…

Claire Wells

Freelance writer, self-published author, blogger, dog lover, true crime enthusiast, wanderer.

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