Learning How to Write

I had one major problem when I started to write my novel…I had never written anything creatively before in my life!

I had no idea where to start (which my early drafts can testify to) and it nearly stopped me before I started.

Fortunately, the internet is a wonderful place and there are many helpful people writing blogs and websites eager to share information with anyone who cares to read it. And I did read…lots of it, once I had my first draft written.

I also wanted to share things I learned as I went along…


Can I write a book?

Where to start… I never set out to write a book, in fact nothing could have been further from my mind.  My interest was in discovering my family history… the project just sort of grew. It all started from anecdotes … Continue reading 

Prologues – Good or Bad?

I like prologues. I know it’s not a fashionable thing to say, but personally I’m disappointed if a book doesn’t have one. It’s like going out for a meal but skipping the starter, for me it doesn’t feel right. From what I’ve … Continue reading 

Write What You Know?

I’ve often come across the phrase Write What You Know. I think it’s meant to help, but while it may make life easier I don’t believe it’s something we should stick to. I’m glad I didn’t know of this advice before I … Continue reading 

6 Helpful Websites for Writing a Book

Is there a right or wrong way to write a book? When I started writing I had no idea of what it entailed. I had never attended any courses, never read any blogs on the subject, I had no idea … Continue reading 

Why is it so Hard?

As those of you who follow this blog will know, I started writing my book nearly six years ago. Admittedly it grew and is now a trilogy, but I’ve had my first draft written for almost a year and still … Continue reading 

5 Things to know about Show not Tell

Like most new writers, the first time I read about Show not Tell, I didn’t have any idea what it meant, let alone know how to incorporate it into my writing. It didn’t help that many websites didn’t give examples of what Showing actually looked like … Continue reading 

4 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

Originally posted on A Writer’s Path:
? by Michael Cristiano Happy one year anniversary to me! As of yesterday, I have been blogging for a year. A lot has happened in that year: I launched all of my social…

Twelve Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 1)

Are you old enough to remember life before the World Wide Web? While I’ve been writing and researching my book I’ve often wondered how authors of the twentieth century (and before) managed with the limited resources available to them. Libraries … Continue reading 

Twelve Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of the Twelve Tips for Searching the Internet it can be found here. Today we continue with number six: 6) Be specific When you type in your search terms, sometimes you get results you didn’t expect. … Continue reading 

Twelve Tips for Searching the Internet (Part 3)

If you missed Part 1 of the Twelve Tips for Searching the Internet click here and for Part 2, here. Today we continue with number nine: 9) Don’t stick to stereotypes When researching, as in writing, stereotypes can either be … Continue reading 

Twelve Things to do Prior to Launching a Book

If I’d known then, what I know now, would I have ever written a book? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself repeatedly over recent weeks and if I’m being perfectly honest, I think the answer would be no! That’s … Continue reading 

When Writing Fiction Based on Real Life – Should you Change Character Names?

When I started my writing journey, I used the real names of the characters. It wasn’t because I was being lazy, it was because I was writing about my ancestors and I wanted to ‘connect’ with them and know who … Continue reading 

I Can Write a Book!

Can I write a book? That was the question I asked three years ago when I put my first post on this site. It had taken me three years to write the post in the first place as I was … Continue reading 

Why I wrote a book

I didn’t set out to be an author. The fact is, when the idea of writing a novel kept nudging itself into my mind, I did everything I could to resist it. I am a scientist by training, and creative … Continue reading

Three Tips for Writing a Series

Being in the middle of writing and publishing a series, I feel confident in saying that it adds a layer of complexity compared with writing a standalone book. But what do I mean by a series? My series is essentially … Continue reading