Top Mistakes Authors Make – Mistake #5

Let's Talk Novels Podcast“Failure to create a
strong sense of reality.”

Solution: Draw the reader into your world
within the first page and a half.


This is the last of the 5 BONUS PODCASTS. I hope you have enjoyed them and found the information useful. And before I send you back to your keyboards to put into practice the things you have learned, I’m going to do something I’ve been advised never to do on a website page.

I’m going to ask you to do one of two things for me. (Prevailing opinion is that you should never ask for more than one response per website page.)

But this is my website and I can do what I want, right?

If you would please do one of these two things:

1) Ask me a question about writing. In the email that had the link to this page I told you I would be giving you this opportunity. And I meant it.  So if you have a question, scroll down to the comment section and ask it. If I can answer the question in the comments section, I will. If your question requires a longer answer, I’ll address it in a future podcast.

2) Leave me a comment recommending this podcast to other authors. Actually, not only will this be invaluable to me, but it’s also a lesson for you as an author. In this new age of Internet book publishing and promotion comments and reviews are the currency by which authors live or die. Once you start promoting your novel, you will be asking your readers to leave comments for you on Amazon and Facebook and Twitter. So how about it? Why not experience for yourself what you will be asking your readers to do in the near future?

And of course, I hope it goes without saying, I will be ever so grateful. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy working with other novelists like you. And if you haven’t already, I hope you will CLICK HERE to join a growing community of successful novelists by subscribing to my weekly podcast so that I can continue to share the tips and techniques I have learned that have allowed me to be a full-time novelist for more than 20 years.

Keep me apprised of your progress. I especially want to hear from you when you have completed your novel and it’s available in print and e-book.

Now, after you scroll down and post a comment, get back to work. That novel isn’t going to write itself.


  • The goal of every storyteller is to create a story bubble, a fictional world that engulfs a reader so completely, once they have crossed the threshold, they are no longer living in this world; so immersed are they in the story, they are not even consciously aware they’re reading.
  • The cardinal sin for a writer of fiction is anything that breaks this story bubble (author intrusion; errors in fact, logic, or grammar; mis-used words or phrases; spelling errors; even a well-crafted sentence if it calls attention to itself).
  • Writing can be taught and learned. It’s not something either you’re born with or you’re not.
  • Learn to read as a forensic writer. Instead of investigating crime, you’re investigating the craft of great storytellers.
  • Turn your favorite authors into your mentors. If you can learn to identify the writing techniques of your favorite authors and understand how the techniques work, you can replicate them in your own writing.
  • Make a Writer’s Toolbox by collecting writing techniques. Categorize them by subject. Then, when you want to use a particular technique, read through your collection to familiarize yourself with it.
  • To find success in writing, write as only you can.
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