On Writing

Hi there! 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. To download your free copy, please enter your email address below. A download link will be mailed to you.

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Also on this page, you’ll find links to several articles I’ve written about various aspects of writing fiction. Originally published in The Writer magazine, they’re all available for free. You are welcome to repost them elsewhere, provided you credit me as the author and link back to this site.

Self-Publishing Series

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.

More Stuff 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 FootAdvice 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 DevelopmentUse these tips to make your characters like real, flesh-and-blood people.

Set-Ups and Pay-OffsLearn 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.

8 Comments

  1. Su Rogers

    I would like to receive emails from you – just getting involved in a writing group in Lunenburg and any insights would be helpful – thanks, Su

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    • william

      Hi Su–I’ve added you to my mailing list. Best of luck with your writing group!

      Reply
  2. Marlene Simons

    Bill,

    I am a big fan of your work, marveling at the beauty and imagery evoked in a statement such as “It was an unusual wrinkle in an otherwise well-pressed personality”. I probably got the quote wrong, since I read the book a few months ago, but it was great.

    My son, Noah Rosenstein, with whom you attended Emerson College, introduced me to your first novel. I am a writer, but mostly in the business area, grants, business plans and such, as well as a series of books on health and safety issues for young children.

    Your discipline of extending yourself into a broad variety of voices from which to speak is such an amazing stretch and a very insightful way to view the world.

    Just ordered a couple more of your books. so I will soon be caught up with what you have published and will wait for more. I have learned a lot from your work and look forward to more.

    Marlene Resnick Simons

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    • william

      Thank you so much, Marlene! I have a lot of great memories of Noah and am still in touch with him regularly on Facebook. Great to hear from you.

      Reply
  3. Janet

    I enjoyed this immensely. It is thoughtful, practical and at times refreshingly honest. Thank you for sharing it. I am sure I will revisit this, and probably share it with others.

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    • william

      Thanks, Janet! Glad you found it so useful.

      Reply
  4. liz drayer

    Clear and concise advice from a master author. As a short story writer looking to publish my first novel I was glad to find this.

    Reply
    • william

      Thanks, Liz! Delighted you found it helpful.

      Reply

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