Hi there! On this page I offer many free resources for people who are interested in writing or self-publishing. These are mostly original pieces. Here you can download my free e-book, Writing for First-Time Novelists. It’s got lots of original material designed to help you finish your first book and get it out there to your admiring readers. Much of the advice is good for short-form writers, too.
Downloading of Writing for First-Time Novelists is temporarily disabled. If you’d like to receive a copy, please email me using the contact form and I’ll gladly send it to you directly.
My Blog Page
I blog often about various aspects of writing. Most of my posts are geared for the beginning writer, but there is sure to be something in there that will benefit the intermediate or expert as well.
To visit my blog, click here.
If self-publishing appeals to you (and there are many reasons why it might), check out the self-publishing webinars I hold with fellow novelist Darren Greer.
I’m slowly writing a series about my experiences in self-publishing. It’s called How to Self-Publish like a Pro.
Read Part 1 in this series.
Read Part 2 in this series.
Read Part 3 in this series.
Read Part 4 in this series.
Articles on Writing by William Kowalski
The articles linked on this page were originally published in The Writer magazine between 2005 and 2011. They are free to read and free to share. Please be mindful of copyright restrictions. They may be reprinted in part or in full, as long as William Kowalski is credited as the author and a link back to this page is included.
Returning To The Right Foot… Advice on plotting your story.
Using Conflict To Strengthen Stories… If your story feels like it’s falling flat, there’s probably not enough conflict.
How Aristotle Can Help You Become A Better Writer… So-called storytelling experts and writing gurus are trying to sell you tips and tricks that have been available for free for thousands of years. This piece explains what some of them are and how you can learn more about them for free.
Understanding Character Development…Use these tips to make your characters like real, flesh-and-blood people.
Set-Ups and Pay-Offs… Learn how to satisfy your readers’ expectations of your stories in ways that will keep them coming back for more.
When Is Your Novel Ready To Submit?… Learn about the importance of the final stages of editing.