Have you ever wondered what makes one particular novel better than another? Why isn’t your novel selling millions of copies like some do? This ebook has been compiled to help you in becoming not only a better writer, but ensuring that your next (or current) novel becomes a best-seller. These conventions have been in use for centuries and are tried and tested. This is not ...
Have you ever wondered what makes one particular novel better than another? Why isn’t your novel selling millions of copies like some do?
This ebook has been compiled to help you in becoming not only a better writer, but ensuring that your next (or current) novel becomes a best-seller. These conventions have been in use for centuries and are tried and tested.
This is not ‘formula’ writing, but merely the way the pros do it and the way readers have come to expect novels to be, whatever the genre.
Like it or not, these conventions work!
From Hemingway to Rowling, following standard conventions is almost certainly guaranteed to boost your sales and perhaps you too may enjoy unimaginable wealth and fame.
I began my writing career quite by accident. Even while still in Grade school, I had a knack for turning everyday events into stories. I was also obsessed with grammar, punctuation and spelling, always wanting to know more and always wanting to get it right. I’m still working on that one.
When I was eight years old, I was awarded a prize at school for ‘Best Creative Writer’. So, I began collecting my stories and before long, I had a backlist as long as your arm and didn’t know what to do with them. I started sending them out to be published, and that’s when the bug really bit down hard and I become a ‘word junkie’.
Every day I see thousands of stories, just waiting to be written and it’s true what they say; that every writer includes a bit of themselves in their stories. I do the same thing, except that I will never reveal which bits are true and which are fiction. That I leave to my readers to decide.
My stories are unusual inasmuch as I tend to make every word count, and in many of my tales, there are clues dotted around which, if missed by the reader, can result in them misunderstanding, or missing the point entirely.
Readers who skim over paragraphs will most likely miss a great deal of what I write, especially in my short stories, where the ultimate clue can be a single word. While writing, I try to engage the reader as much as possible and then drop the bombshell at the very end; usually in the last paragraph or, sometimes, as the last line. This technique has held me in good stead over the years so I keep doing it.
I write for the sheer thrill of it, and dedicate all of my work to my six-year old daughter, who remains my finest achievement and is the inspiration for most of my work.
If you like my work, tell 40,000 of your closest friends. If you don’t, tell me, and then tell me why. We are all of us merely players in a world gone mad, each of us trying to make our way in a time when the sky is the limit and we are limited only by our imaginations.
As I completed my degrees in medical subjects, I also write a lot of non-fiction; some of it medical and some of about publishing and the English language. The way I take a break from writing fiction, is to write some non-fiction. Weird, I know, but it works for me. Happy reading.