How to Write a Realistic Novel, Regardless of Genre

Can you imagine if your imagination was used against you? I have written a large number of murder stories, I would be in a lot of trouble. Recently I read, a story Amanda Knox published in college was used as a sign of her criminal mind in her murder trial. The story was about date rape. What if this happened to all writers? The truth is luckily few of us with have our stories used as evidence in a murder trial. However, to be successful there needs to be elements of truth behind what we write, to make it authentic. Even if you are a fantasy writer, this matters. You need to write authentic characters, that resonate with your readers.

Going into 2020 Giving Back to Writers.

It is true what they say, social media is an addiction. The less time I spend on there, the less time I wanted to spend on there. I didn’t miss waiting for the comments and likes. I have to say, there was a feeling of liberation. Slowly it is creeping back in, but I will resist. This gave me the time, over Christmas and New Year, to reflect on my progress and writing. I also spent some quality time with my family and wrote a considerable amount of my crime novel.

Should You Have a Pen Name as a Writer

Last year I wanted to diversify my writing. I thought I would try writing erotic fiction. Officer Harlan was my first attempt at erotica, it received some brilliant feedback. Over two thousand views in a month. Strangely few people wanted to clap for it and admit they had read erotica. It reminds me of the time 50 Shades was released, kindle sales doubled. No one fancied being caught on the train reading that. As a writer, who is also a teacher the problem with producing erotica was that my students may see it. Although, for many, if they had read it, that would have been the first thing they had read. Still, I couldn’t take the chance, so I used a pen name. I didn’t just use the pen name for this one article. I used it for other articles and Quora. Many writers speak about the benefits of answering questions on Quora. I hated it and deleted it within a week.