How to Get Started in Fiction Writing

As an author and a writing instructor, I often get emails from those who are interested in getting started with writing fiction as a passion, and possible income. Fiction can include novels all the way down to micro stories, with novellas, short stories, and flash fiction in between.

Here are some resources to get you started, but don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s a journey.

First, I recommend you study the craft of fiction writing. Here are a few books to get started with (I don’t endorse all of their content, but I’ve gained invaluable help from these books):

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson
Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King (This one contains content I object to such as language and sensual examples. I’ve blacked those out in my copy.)  Read more ›

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Two Options for Reading Kindle eBooks

I’ve had my Kindle for years now and still love it (here’s my enthusiasm in a post awhile back).


People often ask how they can read my books as an ebook. There are two options on how to read Kindle ebooks:

  1. Buy an e-reader
  2. Download the Kindle app to read books from any device

If you want a dedicated e-reader, I suggest this one: Kindle E-reader (I have an older model)

But you don’t have to buy a Kindle to read my ebooks or other ebooks. I read ebooks on my iPhone and iPad, too. You can download the Kindle app on any device: How to download the Kindle app.Some of the benefits of having actual e-reader are no glaring backlight, no distractions, and longer battery life.


It’s about the closest you can get to a print book.

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New Novel Set in the Old Choctaw Nation

Traitors Press Release:


 New Novel Set in the Old Choctaw Nation


“Someone’s going to be king in this territory. No reason it can’t be me. It sure won’t be you.”  Read more ›

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Preserving Our History Through Fiction

In March 2013, I led a workshop for Choctaw writers. It equipped advanced and beginners alike with knowledge and resources to write a Choctaw Removal story in fiction form, based on family histories. Why is this important? Because each year, these stories are lost with the passing of our elders.  Read more ›

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What is Historical Fiction?

Since I write (and read) a great deal of historical fiction, I’ve had several questions on exactly what historical fiction is and how I use this genre. Here are my answers.  Read more ›

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