Writing How-To
Once you figure out that you want to be a real writer, which is hard enough, then you have to figure out just how
to do it -- how to write. Good writing isn't just telling a story, it's knowing how to tell a story so that it grabs point
of view, conflict, flesh out a character, make a setting feel real, as well as spelling and grammar and a hundred
to let go and start on that next story, and that's just the beginning.

The links you'll find below should take care of about ninety-ninety percent of the how to part. Then you just have
to come up with a good plot, strong characters, and write a whole book. Heck, that's almost the easy parts.
(Smile)
Let's start with my Links For Writers page. I think it's a good starting point because you'll
find links there to grammar sites, to other sites for writers, tax info for writers, postage info,
free newsletters, writers group, even some free program downloads, you guessed it, just for
writers.

I guess the second stopping point might be
Writing Questions & Answers. These are
actually answers about writing from some bestselling authors, including Sherrilyn Kenyon,
Jennifer Blake, Kay Hooper, Julie Garwood, Connie Mason, and Carly Phillips. I learned a lot
from reading their replies to my questions.

Big page next. Really pages. My
Articles On Writing page grew so large that I had to split
it up into more pages to make sure subjects were easy to find. The articles cover things like
pace, conflict, point of view, rewriting, agents, rejections, how much publishers pay,
maximizing productivity, using Word, and lots more.

We can't have good stories without good characters, so this next page should take care of
that. The
Building Characters page has links to articles on how to build characters, even
the bad guys. It also has links to naming sites, a free character chart you can print out and
use, as well as a listing of a few books that will help with this important subject.

The next page is my own
Writing FAQ page. I have a few answers there to some of the
most often asking writing questions I get. This page should grown over time as I get the
chance to work on it.

Now that you have the writing how to stuff put together, how about we work on formatting and
such. That information is on my
Manuscript Preparation page. After all, part of getting a
manuscript ready for an editor, agent, or even a contest is formatting, knowing the "speak",
and how to submit it.  I have info on all of that and more here.  There are also instructions on
setting up Word, a free download of the dark courier, and links to other helpful sites and
books.

My
Editor & Agent Interviews page is a good stop off too. Find out what makes some
agents cringe or what makes some editors smile. What are they looking for, what do they like,
dislike, what's their turn around time, ect....

Finally, the
Publishers & Agents page. Here you'll find links to some agents and
publishers, plenty of articles on how to check both out, how to work with them, and stuff along
those lines. It's a perfect last step. When done you should be ready to hit my
Writing a
Synopsis & Query Letter page.

Best of luck and happy writing!
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