What? There’s More?

Yes, here are two more writing tips. You can take them or leave them. I may be brash for “offering” writing tips, but I have been writing both fiction and non-fiction for a long time. I wish someone had given me some hints years ago.
Tip: Even if you don’t use them in your novel, write short “biographies” of your characters. This will not only help you to understand them, but it gives them a background that you can draw upon to make them more “real” to you and your readers. You know from experience that the books you enjoy the most are those where you identify with the main character. If you surround the protagonist with fully developed supporting actors it will make your novel ring truer.
Tip: Don’t drag it out too long. I just finished a book (by stopping at the 43 chapter) that had a never-ending “ending.” After the climax or discovery of the crook or arrest of the criminal – wrap it up. Anything after that point is superfluous and your reader will just give up. Remember the secret of the famous fiction writers of the “golden years” – less is more. A story takes just as long as it takes to tell it. BUT NO LONGER! While that may sound simple, too many inexperienced writers just keep on writing long after the reader has finished the story.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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