Jan 12 2017, 9:17 am in , , ,

 People ask, “how do I get published?” Simple answer, write a good book. Okay, how do you write a good book? Definitely not a simple answer. First, I believe you must be a good storyteller. Ask any author how long they’ve been writing. Most will tell you since they were children. We wrote our stories down, acted them out in plays, created picture books, or told them to our families every chance we got.

So, you’ve established you’re a good storyteller, now what? Presenting that good story in a manuscript takes some doing.  Would you be surprised to learn books follow a story structure? There are rules to follow?  Some will say following those rules takes the creativity away. I say… well, let’s say I don’t agree. 

Story structure is vital. In many ways writing a good book is like building a house. With blueprints you build a house. The basics: a foundation, walls, roof and some way to get in an out are a given. Then you get creative. You decide if the design is colonial or modern, where you put the windows, what color paint is your choice.

With a book there are basics also. You set up the story, how the story turns and how the characters resolve the issues. You decide the story goal, motivation, and conflict. That is, what do the characters want?  Why do they want this?  What is going to get in their way of reaching their goal? Where you set your story, this world or another, in the Scottish highlands, Las Vegas or the inner offices of a metro police station you need those things. If you heroine is tall, short. A blonde or redhead, a cop or a milkmaid, your choice. Be creative. That is the story telling part.  

I do not assume to tell you how to write or how to reach your publishing dream. This is your career you have to figure out the best way for you. What I can do is share what I’ve found to be helpful on my writing journey and hopefully will help you. Do the work, research and do more research. Research is a double edged sword. It provides you with a wealth of information about your career.  It also requires a lot of time. Time taken away from your writing.  In an attempt to reduce the time for you I’m posting links to instructors, blogs and web pages I find helpful.  You will discover excellent and free information on the pages I suggest.






Mary Buckham’s web page, newsletter, online classes and lecture packets. 


Margie Lawson’s web page, newsletter, online classes, workshops and lecture packets. 


Bob Mayer’s web page, newsletter, online classes, workshops. 




For Writers By Writers

Ruby Slippered Sisterhood. The 2009 Golden Heart® Finalists of which I am a member. We are multi-published in print and e-book from traditional published to Indi published. We write in all genres. We talk about all aspects of writing and are willing to answer your questions or find someone who can.

Story Fix by Larry Brooks.  Clear concise novel writing and story structure tips 


Bob Mayer ~ All things writing.


Writers Unboxed about the craft and business of genre fiction.


J A Konrath


Dean Wesley Smith on writing and publishing


James Scott Bell ~ For Writers 




GMC ~ Deb Dixon

Goal Motivation and Conflict

Hooked ~ Les Edgerton.

Writing a book that grabs readers at page one and never lets go.

Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction ~ Donald Maass.

Insider advice. Purpose and techniques to make your novel great.  

Who Dares Win ~ Bob Mayer

A plan to build self confidence

Stephen King On Writing

Stephen King on the craft

Any and all of James Scott Bell’s books on writing.




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