Writing a book can change your life …
… 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. There are sections for writing fiction and non-fiction below. Just click on the links under the headings.
You can also check out the recommended books for writers here.
How to Write Fiction: 7 Steps to Write Your Novel
How to Write a Non-Fiction Book
How to Find Time to Write
How to Find and Capture Ideas for your Novel
How to Research your Book and When to Stop
Self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome
You Have Permission
On Writing And The Fear Of Judgment
What is your Definition of Success as a Writer?
How To Write More And Create A Daily Writing Habit
How to Use Dictation to Write Faster and Become a Healthier Writer
Productivity for Writers: 5 Ways to Become More Productive
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
Using Different Author Names or a Pseudonym as a Writer
Editing and rewriting
Editing, revisions and proofreading: What happens after the first draft?
How to Find and Work With a Professional Editor
Tutorial: How to Improve your Writing with Grammarly
My list of recommended editors
Resilience: How To Deal With Criticism And Rejection With Mark McGuinness
Writing Tips: How to Find and Capture Ideas for Your Novel
How to Research a Novel … And When to Stop
Writing Fiction: Bring Your Characters To Life With Roz Morris
How to write a novel with the snowflake method
Writing fiction. Improve your dialogue with James Scott Bell
Writing Metaphor, Memorable Characters And Horror With Chuck Wendig
Want to (finally) write your novel? Check out my multimedia course.
Writing A Series: 7 Continuation Issues To Avoid
5 Lessons Learned From Writing 10 Novels
What Are You Writing? Word Count. Standalone, Series or Serial
Writing, Illustrating And Marketing Books For Kids With Katie Davis
In the last five years, I’ve written 12 fiction books and 8 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 Stone of Fire – from idea to launch and then to finding an agent.
How to Write a Non-Fiction Book
Why write a non-fiction book?
Can I write a non-fiction book if I’m not an expert?
Business Models for Non-Fiction Books
Decide On The Book Title Of Your Non-Fiction Book
How long does your non-fiction book have to be?
How long will it take to write your non-fiction book?
Structure And Organize Your Non-Fiction Book
How To Write The First Draft Of Your Non-Fiction Book
Speed, Quality and Perfectionism
How To Turn A Boring Non-Fiction Book Into An Engaging Read
Legal Issues: Using Real People, Quotes, Lyrics, Images And Citing Sources
Self Editing a Non-Fiction Book
Writing memoir with Marion Roach Smith
Travel writing and achieving outrageous goals with Alastair Humphreys
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?
How Writers Deal with Self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome
The Writers’ Need for Validation
How Writers Deal With The Fear of Failure
Writing and the Fear of Rejection and Criticism
The Writer’s Inner Critic
How Writers Deal With The Fear Of Judgment
The Writer’s Quest For Excellence Vs. Perfectionism
Writer’s Block And Procrastination
How to Connect with Your Innate Creativity
Help! My Writing Isn’t Original
Why write? There are already too many books in the world.
Finding the Time and Discipline to Write
What To Do When Writing Feels Like Hard Work
Starting But Not Finishing Writing Projects
Dealing with Friends, Family, and Writers’ Groups
How do I find my writing voice?
Comparisonitis or “Everyone Else Is Better Than Me”
Creativity: Think Long Term. Create a Body of Work
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
Inspiration for authors on resilience, accepting criticism and being an introvert with Clare Edwards
Struggling with self-doubt about your writing? Check out my book, The Successful Author Mindset, available as an ebook, print book and workbook as well as audiobook formats.
Get the free Author 2.0 Blueprint and email/video mini-course here.
You can find more articles on writing and creativity in the category backlist here.
If you need more help, check out my course, How to Write a Novel: From First Draft to Finished Manuscript
You can also check out the sections on self-publishing, book marketing and making a living with your writing.
You can also listen to The Creative Penn podcast on iTunes here, or check out the backlist of over 300+ episodes here.
Watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
Check out my fiction site, www.JFPenn.com