Guest Post: Writing and Self-Publishing a Fiction Novel

Today we have a guest post by Ben Russel


Writing and Self-Publishing a Fiction Novel

Prior to beginning the writing of a fiction novel, the writer should first think of what makes a fiction novel successful. The writer should ask oneself what his favorite novel is. Once the writer decides upon his favorite novel, he should ask himself why this is his favorite novel. What about the novel has captured his attention? What techniques did the author use in writing the novel? These ideas should be brainstormed and written on paper for future reference. According to paper writers at, this will assist the writer in ensuring the success of his novel which will be self-published at a later date.

Capture the Senses

When writing a fiction novel, it is essential to capture the senses of your audience. The reader should essentially “feel” the novel as their eyes scroll through the pages. For example, if an author is discussing a man, the author would want to not only discuss that he is 41-years-old but perhaps that he is a handsome and charming 41-year-old man, with silky black hair and the most beautiful ocean blue eyes. The author should keep the readers reaching for more and more of the novel. Any descriptive-type writing captures the attention of the audience and provides the audience with a vivid image while reading.

Strike the Emotions

This leads us to striking emotions of the reader. The author should make them happy, sad, confused and/or joyous. Striking the emotions of the reader leaves an imprint and allows them to further connect with the characters in the novel. Let’s discuss this topic for a moment. Have you ever read Old Yeller? Old Yeller is perhaps one of the most famous novels of all time. Why is this? This is because it strikes the emotions of all people who read it. Old Yeller is extremely descriptive while providing the reader with all types of emotions throughout the story. This is an excellent read for a beginning writer who is interested in further developing their own novel.

Writers Block

Writers block is one problem which the writer may face throughout the duration of the novel-writing process. Writers block is when the writer has no idea what to write about. The writer may sit with the word processor open for hours adding then deleting items. In order to overcome writers block the writer should take a break and/or begin placing themselves in the situation of their character. For example, if the novel is about someone escaping from jail and the writer is writing the chapter of the escape, what would the writer feel in that situation? The writer should brainstorm and write out ideas on a separate piece of paper.


Finally, think of criticisms. If the writer is outside looking in on their work, what would be criticized? Is there anything that is not logical? Is there any part of the novel that does not flow well? If so, these should be addressed. What is the reason the writer is writing the story the way that it is? These are questions which may be asked by readers and/or critics which the writer should be prepared to answer.


Now that we have reviewed several tips on writing the novel, let’s discuss how to self-publish the novel. This sounds like a troublesome feat but it is not very difficult to self-publish. Amazon provides independent publishing which allows the author to publish and sell via the Amazon online store. With Amazon, you are able to publish a book free of charge utilizing online tools they offer to authors.


The author has now written and self-published the novel. Using the tips of writing the fiction novel, the author has written a novel which fully captures the audience. What is next? The author now awaits the first purchase of his book via the Amazon store. The author is now a writer who has their novel available for purchase around the globe.


Author bio: Ben is an avid reader and writer. He’s now more into essay writing teaching high school and college students how to write different types of essays. One of his recent articles is on how to write a picture analysis essay.


Guest Post by Nikolas Baron of Grammarly

**Please welcome our guest poster for today, Nikolas Baron of Grammarly.**

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

Glasses on, he was Superman. Glasses off, he was an ordinary journalist. As part of my job at Grammarly, I research what people write and which tools they use. I rub shoulders with a lot of freelance writers … a lot of freelance writers who wear glasses. What is a day in their lives like? How do they accomplish the heroic articles that I read every day? After all, we walk past these people all the time on the street. We laugh at the jokes that they print. We cry when they bring some sad account to our porch by means of the daily journal. However, we rarely look into the process that brought the writing to life. Let us take that moment today.

The Morning Routine

Almost every writer has a set of habitual behaviors that he performs at the start of each day. I do not think that I will surprise you by saying that, for the majority, it involves a caffeinated beverage. Besides that, here are the top three activities to get authors on their way!

• The Important Stuff

For the worrywarts, it is better to first run errands to get them out of the way. They clear the slate, physically and mentally to focus on writing. Slow cookers are hidden secrets of the trade. As one of my author friends cooks breakfast, she throws in a roast and some veggies into the crockpot. No concerns will distract her from writing, except the delicious smells of dinner being ready.

• Meditation

Another colleague assured me that, by meditation, he does not mean thinking about the famous handclapping question. Instead, he takes a little “me” time. He sits out on the deck to watch the squirrels and birds bustling about in their affairs. He may read a chapter of the Bible or a few pages of a self-improvement book. He chooses a positive thought and meditates on how he can introduce it into his own life. He forcibly removes any thoughts of writing or what he has to do for the day. It is his time of peace.

• Brainstorm session

In one interview, the author of Drop Dead Healthy encourages writers to “generate dozens of ideas”. This exercise has to be free of fear. Expert authors do not waste one second fretting over quality brainstormed ideas. Most will be garbage, destined for nothing. Nonetheless, the great ones are grand! Like artists with a sketchbook, some writers keep a notebook of ideas to use when they need inspiration.

The Grind

Stay-at-home professionals often schedule working hours. This ensures productivity. As writing is a creative profession, one may plan fewer hours than those typically allotted for manual labor. Breaks are also an important part of the process. Failure to do so can cause writer’s block, the dreaded nemesis of any wordsmith. The following section will discuss what some smart writing professionals do during downtime.

The Procrastination Destination

There are the obvious break activities- eating, bathroom breaks, and a quick nap. However, a number of authors do not like to feel as if they are wasting time. They chose productive ways to procrastinate! While waiting for writer’s block to subside, they proofread for grammar and clarity. They cut and paste their documents into online proofreading websites. By the time the revisions are made, they are ready to start creating again. What a guilt-free mental break that is!

“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

By the day’s end, an author sighs… with relief if the day has been productive or with grief if the output disappoints. By the bed, quite a few writers keep a pad of paper. These authors also assure me that the notepad is essential. They never regret anything as much as the great idea that got away.

The next time you devour an article in five minutes, take a few moments to consider the author. He may have taken days to write that article. He may have sat in front of his computer screen for hours, praying for a flash of insight. Smile at those bespectacled faces in the street. You may be smiling at a superhero.

By Nikolas Baron


Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, traveling, and reading.