Learn how to write compelling hooks and how to plot a satisfying story, taking a character from point A to point B, while keeping readers eagerly turning pages.

Anyone can write a story. Young children often write before they are ten years old, long before they master the many rules and nuances of usage, grammar and spelling. Many adults write stories too but few of those stories turn into a published book. Instead they are filed in a box or the bottom drawer.

Writing great fiction requires a huge amount of hard work and effort. Only you know how much effort you are willing to put into it. Begin by taking an honest look at yourself and decide if you are willing to truly commit your yourself. Then ask yourself this one simple question:

“Do I want to write a great book, or am I just trying to get a book published without putting in the effort required to make it as good as it could be?”

If you are ready to write:

  • Have you plotted the entire novel or series?
  • Is the timeline written with storyboards for your story?
  • Do you understand each of the characters in the story; their motivations, strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are you willing to edit you book at least 6 times, after the first draft is finished?

Eight Rules for Writing Captivating Fiction

  • Show, don’t tell.
  • Create three-dimensional characters.
  • Choose a point of view.
  • Give your characters motivations.
  • Write what you know.
  • No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader – characters sometimes have to die.
  • Revise, revise, revise.
  • Trust your instincts.

Writing a good book is harder than anything you have ever worked on in your life.

But it is your story and only you can write it.

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“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish.”