Defining Creative Nonfiction Categories

Genre Distinctions So You Can Get Yours Right by Marla Buttars With the publishing industry constantly evolving these days, you may ask the question, “What exactly is creative nonfiction?” And you may wonder if your life history or the lessons you want to leave as your legacy fit the definition. Can you have any fiction…

How to Write Fight Scenes

By Emilee Newman Bowles Fight scenes are some of the hardest scenes to follow in a book, and so they are some of the hardest to write well. Remember that you’re not writing a screenplay, and readers will get bored with page after page of kicks and punches—or they’ll skip over them all together. Even…

How to Get Your Book Done Quickly

A Cautionary Tale by Angela Eschler As a coach, speaker, or business owner, you may have heard that being a bestselling author gives you more credibility than being a doctor these days—that it’s the golden ticket to business success. So obviously, you need to get your book out there quickly so you can use it…

How to Add Humor to Your Book

By Emilee Newman Bowles Waka-waka! Humor has a place in every genre, even if you’re not writing comedy. Using subtle humor can lighten weighty nonfiction topics and engage readers more. And more engaging books could mean more “checks written by editors.” But comedy in writing is tricky because you can’t rely on your tone of voice…

Finding a Marketable Angle

by Angela Eschler and Lindsay Flanagan What’s the number-one thing you should start with if you want to see your nonfiction book successfully published and your message gaining traction? Your angle. Finding Your Angle The way you approach your subject will either draw your ideal clients in or push them away. Your unique angle is your…

Romance vs. Women’s Fiction

Which Do You Mean to Write? by Marla Buttars Cue the lights. Hear the screaming crowd take sides. Because today, people, we’re covering…(drumroll) Romance verssssuuus… Women’s fiction! Okay, while that may sound like a bad episode of WWE, romance and women’s fiction are two genres that seem to cross each other’s lines and consequently appear…

Setting the Scene, Part 2: Elements of a Setting

by Emilee Newman Bowles When you talk about a novel’s setting, place usually comes to mind first. But there’s a lot more to a setting than just where it happens. Review this list to see if any of these setting elements need more work in your story (and need to have greater impact on your…

How to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List

  by Lindsay Flanagan The New York Times  Bestseller List. The very name sends shivers down your writer’s spine. You envision your books will one day be emblazoned with the badge of honor that counts you as a New York Times  Bestselling Author. You know it’s a pretty cool list, and you know you’d like…

Setting the Scene, Part 1

Part 1: Seven Tips by Emilee Newman Bowles Your plot and characters are vital parts of your story, but they need a place to inhabit: the setting. Even fast-paced action novels need setting details so readers can imagine where the characters are. Here a few tips to keep in mind about setting the scene in your…

Outlining versus “Pantsing”

by Lindsay Flanagan To outline or not to outline…that is the (much-debated) question. As a writer you may feel like you’re on team outliner (or plotter) or on team “pantser.” Maybe you haven’t decided which side to join. Or maybe you’ve joined one or the other but haven’t really had total success with either in your…