Nonfiction

Below are books I’ve written to help writers.

Tips for New Writers new ebook

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:

  1. Starting With An Idea
  2. Picking Your Genre
  3. The Proper Use of Backstory
  4. Point of View
  5. Characters are the Heart of the Story
  6. Your Setting (aka World): The Character is Always Key
  7. When You Get Stuck
  8. If the Scene Doesn’t Add to the Plot, Throw It Out
  9. If You Never Finish a Story
  10. There Is No Perfect Time To Write, So Write Today
  11. Polishing Up Your Book

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20160505_The_Emotionally_Engaging_Character

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:

  1. The importance of writing what you’re passionate about
  2. Why you should know your characters more intimately than your readers ever will
  3. How to incorporate bias, imperfection, and things unknown into the character’s point of view
  4. Why the character is always right
  5. Making the character “react” instead of “act”
  6. Why the character should influence plot, setting, and conflict (instead of the other way around)
  7. Tempting the character to the point they might break
  8. Delving into emotions
  9. How supporting characters can enhance the main character’s journey

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