Blog – Better Fiction

Create better stories that engage your readers, with smart tricks and tips that help you write your novel, build stunning settings and breathe life into character plots.

Does Your Fiction Novel Have a Theme?

Today’s guest post is from Larry Brooks, the bestselling novelist talking novel over at Storyfix. We hope you enjoy his next installment in his guest series for fiction writers. For an extra boost of fiction advice and tips, check out our other posts on fiction writing. Have you ever put down a novel and thought to yourself, “What the hell was that all about?” A well-told story doesn’t elicit that response. Ever. A well-told story pounds on your mind and heart. You intuitively know what it was all about, and on two levels: the plot

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Three Key Questions to Ramp Up Your Story’s Mojo

Lately, we’ve been running a series on fiction offered to us by our good friend and bestselling novelist Larry Brooks. Click here to read Larry’s first post, Five Things You Need to Know to Write a Novel, click here to read his second post, Six Elements You Must Master to Write a Publishable Novel. Or, read on and enjoy the next in the series. For an extra boost of fiction advice and tips, check out our other posts on fiction writing, too. Nobody likes to admit to the fact that there really are a few

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Are You a Pantser or a Plotter?

Larry Brooks, the bestselling novelist over at Storyfix, brings us more wise words about creating a plot in this next installment of our series on fiction writing. For an extra boost of fiction advice and tips, check out our other posts on fiction writing, too. As someone who used to be an avid and vocal plot outliner — and I have the writing workshop scars to prove it — I”ve shifted and softened my position. I’m thinking the debate isn’t about outlining a plot versus organic seat-of-the-pants plotting at all. Either can work. Either can

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Six Elements You Must Master to Write a Publishable Novel

We like to cater to the desires of all types of writers, from fiction to copywriting. (Check out our posts on fiction writing here.) So when Larry Brooks, an old friend, an ex pro baseball player and most importantly a bestselling novelist, offered to write a series on fiction writing and getting published, I was quite happy to say yes. Click here to read Larry’s first post, Five Things You Need to Know to Write a Novel. Or, read on and enjoy the next in the series! John Lennon asked us to imagine there’s no

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Write a Novel

We like to cater to the desires of all types of writers, from fiction to copywriting. So when Larry Brooks, an old friend, an ex pro baseball player and most importantly a bestselling novelist, offered to write a series on fiction writing and getting published, I was quite happy to say yes. Some really smart people do some really dumb things when writing their first novel – or their tenth, for that matter. They read – at least, they should, if they aspire to write – and because the pros make it look easy, these

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Getting Zen About Writing

As a freelance writer, you get to learn about many interesting things in the course of your work. Sometimes you learn about boring things, like why this widget is the coolest widget in the history of widgets. Sometimes you learn totally random things, like the fact that the Northwest Territories evidently almost named themselves ‘Bob’ (I would not make that up). And sometimes you learn very useful things, stuff you really needed to know, like how long you can microwave an egg before it explodes More and more often, I am learning things in the

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