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Most writers dream of writing and publishing a novel. In our collective mind that’s exactly what writer does.
But should you dismiss non-fiction writing: journalism and online articles?
In this post I’ll try to make it easier for you to choose between those two, or maybe mixing them.


This is something everybody associates with creative writing (as the name clearly shows). But come to think of it, one needs a fair amount of creativity in non-fiction writing as well.

When writing fiction, you need to be creative about the solutions you want to implement in your plot, about your characters, plot twists and dialogue. You need to keep it fresh, so the potential readers want to read your novel only after reading the summary.

With non-fiction, keeping it fresh is even more important. Every time you write, you need to write about something new. And you need to put your own twist on subjects already covered by others. Here, creativity turns into a more technical skill. It’s all about writing good headlines and using good keywords.

Word count

Your fiction piece can start at 100 words and go on indefinitely.

A good article (especially one published online) is usually between 300 and 800 words. Anything less will get dismissed as not being noteworthy and anything more tend to be skimmed through and forgotten.

Therefore people who prefer to write short stories and get quickly to the point tend to write better non-fiction pieces (word count wise; but I’m generalizing here, so no offense to anyone).


Nowadays it’s far more difficult to get your novel published than it was few years ago. So many people are writers that publishing houses can afford to have high standards. Nonetheless, you can still find publishers around, if you know where to look and are patient enough.

Finding a publishing place for your non-fiction is far easier. Especially if you’re thinking about publishing online. Anybody can have a website or a blog, and use those venues to publish their articles or essays.

It’s finding a paid gig that’s more of a challenge. You need to find those sites that work for you. Sites like Helium, Associated Content, Review Stream or Suite 101 seem to have both their fans and supporters and people who claim it is impossible to earn there. In my opinion it’s a matter of good and proper research that can result in finding a place that works best for you.

Fan base and getting readers

In the simplest words: fiction writers get bigger fan base but non-fiction writers get readers easier.

What I’m trying to say is that in the world of fiction you follow the authors while in the world of non-fiction, you follow the subject and the information.

If you write a good article on a subject of your interest, it’s very likely to get new viewers every day. But while that one article may prosper, your other articles can be overlooked and ignore.

And if one of your novels becomes popular, almost always your other works gain popularity as well.

Readers of fiction are more prone to become regular readers of their favorite author. Non-fiction readers only care for the information and not for the person that provides it.


I won’t tell you that one type of writing is better than the other. Both of them will affect your writing skills and hopefully improve them. I know that there’s nothing in the world that can compare to the thrill of getting your novel published. But I also know that getting feedback on my articles and see them impact my readers is also very satisfying.

What’s your take on the subject? Fiction or non-fiction?
And should AllWrittenDown cover non-fiction writing as well?

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Our very own Random Prompt Generator remains one of the most popular posts ever since it was published. And I’m really thrilled that you’re finding it useful and inspiring. But in my quest to provide you with all the writing help possible I have for you yet another way to push your muse and your writing to a whole new level.

Our Prompt Generator was designed to inspire you, give you ideas and maybe look at simple words from a new perspective. Recently, I have stumbled upon a writing exercise written in the same script as our own generator. It however offers you more of a challenge and makes you pay attention to slightly different things.

Writing Exercise Generator

Created by Syrenslure the generator offers a technical parameter (period of time or a wordcount), a style or a character parameter, and a word or phrase for inspiration.

All you need to do now is start writing. Go on, I dare you! Respond to the prompt given to you by the generator and comment with a link (or email me your story if you’re shy *g* I promise to be nice).

Stumble it!

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Jeffery Deaver, author of bestsellers such as “The Bone Collector” and “The Sleeping Doll” is currently promoting his newest book “The Broken Window”, another in a series about Lincoln Rhyme. CBS did an interview with Mr Deaver where they asked about his newest book. However what you might find interesting is that he also gives us a glimpse of how he creates his novels. And the big word it seems is: Planning. Lot’s of it.

For those interested here’s the interview:

Video lenght: aprox. 3 mins (click here if you can’t see the video)
Curtesy: CBS

Jeffery Deaver official website

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1. Ten Things That May Indicate You’re Writing a McNovel – it’s almost like a Mary Sue test for the whole novel

2. Internet-Resources.com – Writers’ resources on the web

3. NotWriting – stuff one writer does when he should be writing

4. Notebook in Hand – mingle with other writers in forums

5. Storyist – software for writers with Macs. Makes you want to buy a MacBook

6. Seventh Sanctum Generators – Random fun for those who need inspiration

7. Story Spinner Online – gazillions creative writing exercises

8. Fiction Factor – online magazine for fiction writers

9. 10 Things to Write in Your Notebook

10. A Dozen Online Writing Tips – written by a journalist but also useful to other writers

11. BBC Get Writing – mini-courses to improve your writing

12. Writerisms and other Sins – A Writer’s Shortcut to Stronger Writing

13. Language is a virus – huge resource page originally designed to help you with NaNoWriMo

14. Writing-World.com – impressive list of articles on how to write a good novel

15. 50 tools which can help you in writing – lifehack’s take on the subject

16. Writer’s Resource Center – targeted at US writers

17. TOC about Writing – serious and humorous articles from sci-fi and fantasy writers

18. National Punctuation Day – mark your calendars

19. Creativity at Work – quotes

20. Cliche Finder – pick a word and the site will find all cliches using that word

21. Writers Online Workshops – Instructions on how to improve your writing whithin weeks

22. SoYouWanna – how to publish a book

23. Gnooks! – find new reading material

24. Common Errors in English

25. Guerrilla Press – free independent publishing resource site

26. Word Perhect – a new way of writing

27. Hit Those Keys – site for creative encouragement.

28. NewPages.com – News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more

29. 110+ Resources For Creative Minds – List of must-visit sites and articles

30. BetterEditor.org – online resources for editors and writers

31. Wikimedia Foundation – Links to all official Wiki sites

32. The Care and Feeding of Writers – funny approach to little quircks typical for writers

33. Non-errors – Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English

34. Dictionary of British slang – for those non-British authors who wish to use Brits as their characters

35. Q10 – Free Word Editor for writers.

36. One Sentence – true stories, told in one sentence

Stumble It!

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I discovered Writing.com right before the NaNoWriMo started. And let me tell you. It was a huge mistake. Because right now I’m spending every moment I have going through stuff posted there. I read new material and review each and every posted item.

While I have to admit that the site is a bit confusing at first, but after reading few helpful articles provided by the staff, I managed to get comfy there.

I have to tell you upfront. The site is a bit addictive, but great when it comes to getting feedback. The authors will be thrilled by the ammount of constructive criticism they can get there.

Here is my portfolio, if anyone’s interested. I have to admit that during the November insanity there is no way I will be posting any of my writing there. BUT! Afterwards? I will definitely consider it. So should you if you have anything in your drawer you’d like to share or improve. Because that’s the beauty of Writing.com. You can update any posted item.

I’m giving Writing.com 5/5 points. Any writer or hardcore reader should at least check out the site.

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So you want to write a novel, eh?

That’s great! Bring it on! More novels out there means more reading material for me! (which I’m terribly behind right now, sorry to all who sent me their work)

And if you never wrote a novel in your life why not jump head on to the most dramatic challenge there is?

Go and sign yourself to the NaNoWriMo and start preying 🙂

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

Let me tell you this from the start. It’s crazy. At the end of November you will be cursing yourself and everything around you. There’s a posibility that your family will consider submitting you to a mental institution. And there’s a posibility that the novel you create will be complete CRAP.
But when reaching the magic number 50 000 you will realize that you can do it. You can actually write a novel.
And that your next project, given more time, actual editing and tweaking, will be great and worth publishing. So why not give it a chance?

Last year I took part in NaNoWriMo. My fingers hurt from typing and I spent all my free time writing my novel. In the bus, in a coffee shop, typing it up when I got home and typing more as my mind raced to write down everything before it went away.
I didn’t make it to the end. But thanks to the NaNoWriMo craziness, chatting with other writers on their forums I actually came up with a great idea about the whole universe where I already planned out two future books of mine. Creativity in a pill I say.

And for those of you who think you can’t make it… Try reading “No Plot, No Problem” before jumping in on the fun. It’s a book that was actually written during one of the NaNoWriMos in the past.

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I posted about this in mz other, sex, blog, but figured this also belongs here. So Im crossposting. Just this once.

The Internet is where the adult industry lives right now. Yes, there are movies. Yes, there are magazines. But when it comes to quantity and variety, there’s no better place to check.

Me, personally, I’m a big fan of porn. But the subtle type of porn. Too explicit and it stops being erotic for me and becomes more of a turn off.
That might be a reason why, when I discovered it, I fell in love completely with erotic fiction.

English language is a beautiful one and when used right, the words can create an extremely HOT image. Porn, in its written form, leaves everything to your imagination. And depending on a skill of the author and how explicit he or she chooses to be, you can find whatever you’re in mood at the moment.

There are few places online where you can get a lot of porn. Some written by great, already published writers. But I have favourite four publishers that I visit quite often.

Loose Id and their ever present lizard Loowis(come to think of it, that might’ve sounded a bit dirty). They offer a very wide range of settings. From vampires to cowboys, from time travel to historical. They tip their fingers in BDSM, Polyamory, full-figured heroines and boys who love boys.
They also offer paperback versions of some of their books. Their motto is Love Unleashed™

Titles I would recommend are:
Georgina’s Dragon by Willa Okati especially if you like a hot girl on guy on guy action. And if to believe both, the summary and the cover art… We are talking really hot book.
Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon for some great gay detective stories. Writtenfrom a Point of View of the main character, JOsh draws a really hot image. Of both crime and sex.
Dangerous Cravings by Evangeline Anderson in case you, like me, are into BDSM. Here a main character is a great homicide detective. But as the undercover operation starts, she proves she’s even a better slave.

Torquere Press is another one online publishers. Their ebooks vary in lenght. From short stories to nevoles. From one shot books to serials. But the writing is always amazing and incredibly hot. Their books are not always XXX rated. They also offer Young Adults books. But if you’re there for sex. You can pick from a lot of categories. Gay, horror, drama and many other. My picks?

DrawingCloser by Jane Davitt who offers an intimate journey with British professor and his younger student. There’s drama, there’s conflict and writting at it’s finest. You won’t be disappointed.
Cowboy Up, edited by Rob Knight is an anthology. As they say; “Save a horse, ride a cowboy”. In this case, a sexy, stubborn and independant cowboy. But un the end… It’s all worth it.
A Gentleman of Substance by Julia Talbot offers a bit of a historical take on your porn. With romance and hot sex between the two of the main characters it’s all one might want.

Samhain Publishing for me is really the IT place if you’re looking for a good, hot ebook. Not only they offer both ebooks and print versions of their books, but they also run regular contests that offer you a chance to win some of the books and prints. They offer everything, from Chick Lit to Urban Fantasy, from Interracial Romance to Red Hots! Must read?

“The Life and Loves of April Johnson” by Eve Vaughn. Everything about a love triangle you love, with a stunning black girl smacked in the middle of it all. Simply hot.
“Taste This” by Leigh Ellwood. Which is basically a sci-fi orgy. Oh, there is plot too. But since I was reading it in between cold showers I cannot say much about it. *g*
“The Adventures of Ransom & Fortune: A Bend In Time” by Michelle Miles. Time travel sex baby! “A girl…a hit man…and a time machine.” And boy, it’s nicely done. Plus, you know, time travel *heee*

Changeling Press on the other hand is all about sex out of this world. You get vampires, shapeshifters, angels, demons, witches, elves and dragons. And it’s not even covering the half of it. The imagination of the authors over there simply has no limits. If you think you know a lot abput sex… You are wrong. They prove it over and over again.

Wild Ride by Willa Okati is indeed a wild ride. And doesn’t even stop within one gendre. Oh no, that wouldn’t be enough. Just like you won’t have enough of this title.
Soul Mates by Marilyn Lee is an erotic tale of two peoplethree times in three different lifetimes. Not only it gets great reviews, but it deserves each and every one of them.
The Water Witch by Ciarra Sims. Damn, this one is great. It’s what The XFiles were always afraid to do. And something that would get them billion dollars’ fees. But damn, it would be worth it.

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