How to Give Helpful Writing Feedback | Effective Novel Feedback

When it’s time to provide writing feedback to your writing friend it can be difficult because you want to inspire and motivate them, not crush their soul. The hard truth is that many amateur writers do not want to be told that there are problems with the novel.

Let’s face it, revisions are frustrating, take a lot of time, and require understanding elements like characterization, dialogue, pacing, plot arc, showing vs telling, and more.

How do you approach the feedback? What’s the first question to ask the writer?

How do you determine how much feedback to give?

7 Nice Ways to Decline Reading & Critiquing Your Friend’s Book

What should you do when your writing friend wants you to read and provide feedback on their book and you really don’t want to. Their pleas can put writers in the hot seat and make an experienced writer squirm because they know what’s involved in a feedback and what their friend wants to hear.

Here are 7 authentic and kind ways to decline to read and critique your friend’s book.

Why REVIEWERS Need AUTHORS to Have a Website

A book reviewer’s perspective about why authors must have a website that has all the important book and author information and links. If you’re writer or author who doesn’t yet have a website, has a website under construction, or needs to update their author website, this episode may be eye-opening.

Should Authors Leave Bad Reviews? | Revenge Reviews

Writers and authors need to decide whether leaving a bad book review is the best course of action. There are lots of really great valid reasons why authors feel they ought to leave a negative review–and I discuss that– but an author with a public platform is different than just any reader.

I share some personal reasons why you may want to reconsider leaving a bad review on another author’s book.

COMING SUMMER 2022 The Power of Archetype & Writing a More Masterful Sentence FIND IT AT The Historical Fiction Company



Evil Character Traits | Fictional Villains| Writing Tips | CharacterizationTips

There are many traits that make a character evil, so make sure to include the evil traits that will help foreshadow and emphasize the villain in your story.

Everyone loves a villain–the badder the better–and readers love to hate them, but writing them can be tricky, especially if they’re not obvious villains. There are plenty of clues to sprinkle about and chances to give both your readers and characters an inkling into their true evil nature.

How to START Writing a Novel | First Time Writer | Get Started on Your Novel

Want to write novel? Don’t know how to get started?

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Many people do.

The trick is starting it. Not thinking about it. Not putting it off until ‘some day.’ You may be surprised how easy it can be to start writing a novel!

This episode shares all the different ways you can start your novel. Try one or try them all. The best way to start a novel is the method that works best for YOU! I also share how I started my novels. You may be surprised! Look for the Novel Writing Process playlist. Lots of tips and tricks from the first draft to the last!

❤️ Live your best writing life! ❤️


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Write What You Know | What Does That Really Mean?

Write what you know. That’s the advice of many authors. Is it good writing advice? Does it limit what writers can write about? It sure sounds like it!

A story has conflict, characters, a character arc, and emotions all mixed into a great plot. Do we know anything about those things?

This episode breaks down the advice ‘write what you know’ and how to make it work for you.

A few of the genres I don’t write because they are waaaay out of my wheelhouse: crime novels, police procedurals, thrillers involving tech/science, legal thrillers, and action/adventure.



Chat With A Developmental Editor | First Novel Tips | Writing Strategies

Are you a new or beginner writer? Is this your first novel? Then one of the best things you can do is to hire the services of a developmental editor. They are instrumental in helping, guiding, and offering suggestions for improving your manuscript. A developmental edit looks at what you do right and what can be improved so that your novel is all it can be, all you want it to be, and all you intended it to be.

A publishing professional with over 30 years of experience, Pam Sheppard also has more than 20 years of editing experience. In this episode she discusses the developmental process, the benefits of a developmental edit, and some common new writer struggles.


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