Below are books I’ve written to help writers.
The goal of writing fiction should be to tell a story so compelling the reader has a hard time putting the book down. Over the course of eight years and fifty-three romances, Ruth Ann Nordin has picked up some practical tips for improving the storytelling craft. These are tips she shares in this short book.
The topics included in this book are as follows:
- Starting With An Idea
- Picking Your Genre
- The Proper Use of Backstory
- Point of View
- Characters are the Heart of the Story
- Your Setting (aka World): The Character is Always Key
- When You Get Stuck
- If the Scene Doesn’t Add to the Plot, Throw It Out
- If You Never Finish a Story
- There Is No Perfect Time To Write, So Write Today
- Polishing Up Your Book
If you’re writing fiction, one of the most important investments you can make is in your characters. They are the glue that holds your story together. Without them, the reader has no reason to keep reading. If you want to write a compelling story, your characters need to be so real that they engage with the reader on an emotional level. The purpose of this book is to help you do that.
The topics covered in this book are as follows:
- The importance of writing what you’re passionate about
- Why you should know your characters more intimately than your readers ever will
- How to incorporate bias, imperfection, and things unknown into the character’s point of view
- Why the character is always right
- Making the character “react” instead of “act”
- Why the character should influence plot, setting, and conflict (instead of the other way around)
- Tempting the character to the point they might break
- Delving into emotions
- How supporting characters can enhance the main character’s journey
In the writing community, writing to market has become a huge sensation. A lot of authors are so busy focusing on making money that the idea of writing for passion has fallen to the wayside. Many authors are writing books they don’t really love as fast as they can in order to maximize their income. The result? They are facing burn out. Some more so than others, but there is a good number of authors who are physically and mentally exhausted. And, on top of that, they are losing the joy in writing.
Ruth Ann Nordin has been through this. She began publishing romances in 2009. In the beginning, she wrote for passion, but eventually, she ended up embracing the writing-to-market mindset. She faced serious burn out in 2018. She was a wreck. There were two options she faced at this time. One she could stop writing completely, or two, she could learn how to get her passion back. Today, she’s writing for passion, and she’s much happier. In this book, she shares the pitfalls of writing to market and why writing for passion is ultimately the better option.
Included in this book are these topics:
- How writing to market replaced writing for passion in the indie community
- A comparison of writing to market and writing for passion
- Why writing to market kills creativity in the long run
- Why the pursuit of money will never make you happy
- Why seeking outside validation for happiness can be dangerous
- How to find your passion (if you don’t already know what it is)
- Why focusing on storytelling is important
- Why perfection is a myth
- How to overcome your fear of failure
- What to do if others want you to write a book but you don’t
- A quick look at building a financially solid foundation so you can keep writing in the future
In the writing community, it’s common for authors to think they should be able to have the same publishing schedule another does. If Author X can get two to three books out a month, you should be able to do that, too, right? Maybe you’ve tried to implement a rapid release schedule but found that it wiped you completely out of your creativity, and as a result, you weren’t able to write anything else for a long time. Or maybe you only got one book out last year and would like to find a way to increase your production.
We are all different. We have different personalities, different family situations, and different financial needs. We can’t expect our own personal writing and publishing pace to be the same as someone else’s. What we need is to develop a writing and publishing schedule that best fits our lifestyle.
This book was written to help you find your sweet spot for writing and publishing. I’m sharing the strategies I’ve learned over the past twelve years of publishing books on a consistent and regular basis. The goal is consistency, and in order to find that sweet spot, you need to pace yourself in a way that doesn’t burn you out.