Sue Bentley on writing fiction books: a famous author’s views

Thinking of writing a fiction book? Here are some cold, hard yet still heart-warming facts about a successful writer’s journey, by millions-selling children’s author Sue Bentley whom I met at a recent book fair, and who kindly has shared her experiences and advice in this article.

Writing books isn't easy by a famous author

Sue Bentley: If people like you and find you interesting, they will want to read your books

Here Sue tells it how it is, and was, so helping new authors get a realistic view of book writing – even from the top. Over to Sue…

Writing fiction books: not the fastest way to riches

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Book Review: Divorce Became My Superpower by Caroline Strawson

Here is the story of someone who went through the utter dregs of relationship misery, but managed to climb back up through self-harm and other manifestations of despair, working through her challenges and demons to get up again.

review of Caroline Strawson's book

Caroline Strawson: “Life felt like I was walking in treacle and never really moving forward.”

A relationship literally created up in the skies – and how it crash landed

In Caroline’s very detailed and meticulously catalogued style, we learn the whole autobiography of an experience no-one would wish on their worst enemy. [Read more…]

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

When you’re writing for business, social, personal or other reasons, do you sometimes wonder if you’re “waffling?” Or if you’re listening to a long speech, could the speaker be “waffling?”

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

Now THIS is the kind of waffle that’s to die for. The verbal form isn’t.

Or do you think that “waffling” is making and eating delicious treats like in this picture, above? Sadly not.

What does “waffling” really mean for writers and speakers?

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How to write a good short story – in simple terms for beginners

What does it take to make a brilliant short story? A lot depends on your taste in writing, and/or the taste in reading of your audience if it is already established. And there are many types of short story – almost as many different types as there are genres in full-length books.

How to write a good short story, in simple but effective terns

However as you would expect, a short story is rather different from a full length book, and different from an essay, too.

Writing a short story is like taking a snapshot

Whether you’re writing about something that actually has happened to you – or, you’re making up a fictional story – you have little time for anything but the key points.

It’s hard to know just how much description to include (where the story takes place, what the characters do and look like, the time of year, etc.) And you have no time for any “back story” to introduce readers to the action.

Write a skeleton plan

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Before I Was A Mom – Writing From The Heart

In this new series, “writing from the heart,” we look at writing that connects us with emotions and feelings and shares those through words, in a way that no other form of communication can.

We start with this lovely piece about being a mother, sent to me by my cousin Alyson from Ottawa, Canada. The original author is unknown.

Before I Was A Mom

poem about being a Mom

Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on, pooped on, spat on, chewed on, peed on.

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“How can I become an author?” How we can help…

This question is a lot harder to answer than it is to ask! However here is what I wrote in response to Amelia, who posted on the HTWB Facebook page asking “how can I become an author?”

What additional advice on becoming an author can we give her?

Agony Columns on How To Write BetterPlease share in the comments…and I will delete any that are facetious or rude! Here we go…

Hi Amelia,

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