On Writing

Writing a book can change your life …

writing journals

Some of my journals

… whatever genre it is or whoever it is written for. If you want to take writing more seriously, it can become your career, as it has done for me.

Here are some key articles and resources on writing based on frequently asked questions and my own experiences. Just click on the links under the headings below.

You can also check out the recommended books for writers here.

Getting Started

You Have Permission

On Writing And The Fear Of Judgment

How To Write More And Create A Daily Writing Habit

Productivity For Writers And Taking Writing Seriously

5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out Of Your Head And Onto The Page

8 ways Scrivener will help you become a proficient writer

editing arkane

My rewrites and edits for Pentecost

Editing and rewriting

Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft?

My list of recommended editors

Editing and the writing craft. Tips from an editor

How to find the right editor for your book and more editing questions answered

Resilience: How To Deal With Criticism And Rejection With Mark McGuinness

Writing Fiction

Story Engineering with Larry Brooks

Writing Fiction: Bring Your Characters To Life With Roz Morris

How to write a novel with the snowflake method

dialogueWriting fiction. Improve your dialogue with James Scott Bell

Writing Metaphor, Memorable Characters And Horror With Chuck Wendig

Writing thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned from Thrillerfest 2014

Writing fiction: 5 lessons from Game of Thrones

Writing A Series: 7 Continuation Issues To Avoid

Writing Epic Fantasy And Being A Pro Author With Michael Sullivan

Writing About Death And Crime Scenes With Garry Rodgers

Writing Tips: Guns, Bullets And Shooting With J. Daniel Sawyer

Writing, Illustrating And Marketing Books For Kids With Katie Davis

In the last five years, I’ve written 8 fiction books and four non-fiction books, but a few years ago, I had nothing! You’ll be encouraged to see how clueless I was when I started, so click here to see the journey of my first novel Pentecost – from idea to launch and then to finding an agent.

Writing Non-Fiction

Writing memoir with Marion Roach Smith

Travel writing and achieving outrageous goals with Alastair Humphreys 

JournalsHow to write and publish a book to promote your business [90 min video]

6 figure success self-publishing non-fiction with Steve Scott

Mindset for writers

The roller coaster of being a writer. Do you ever feel this way?

The successful writer’s work ethic with Kerry Wilkinson

Writing thrillers and lessons learned from 40 years of writing with David Morrell (First Blood/Rambo)

Tips for a long term writing career and writing historical fiction with Colin Falconer

Build A Fulltime Writing Career Slowly With Lindsay Buroker

notebookHow to be a NY Times bestselling author with Scott Sigler

Killing the sacred cows of publishing with Dean Wesley Smith

Inspiration for authors on resilience, accepting criticism and being an introvert with Clare Edwards

Want more?

You can find more articles on writing and creativity in the category backlist here.

You can also check out the sections on self-publishing, book marketing and entrepreneurship.

You can also listen to The Creative Penn podcast on iTunes here, or check out the backlist of over 200 episodes here.

You can watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel here.