Novel Writing from A-Z by DiAnn Mills

"Reminders about our craft burst our imaginations into creative mode."


Reminders about our craft burst our imaginations into creative mode. From A to Z, we find sources of inspiration to keep us writing. I’ve chosen the first word that entered my mind to keep my imagination in full gear.


A - Adventure

Penning our stories is an exciting journey for the writer and the reader.


B - Bestseller

We all want to have bestseller after our name, so now is the time to commit to learning as a lifelong pursuit.


C - Character

All great fiction includes superbly crafted personalities. Without these life-like people, our stories fall flat.


D - Dialogue

Readers are excited to read what our characters have to say and how they say it. This includes body language and gestures.


E - Edit

An award-winning story needs rounds of editing to ensure the writer’s best is presented to the world.


F - Foreshadow

How a writer hints of what’s to come is a talent, one that great stories incorporate for success.


G - Genre

A writer determines a particular literary category for two reasons: 1) To brand the writer’s style and 2) To meet the reader’s expectations of the story’s contents.


H - Habit

Writers develop their routines according to their personality and methods of approaching life.


I - Inspiration

We all need to feel the urge to create a stellar writing project.


J - Jump-start

Establish different ways to energize your writing day.


K - Keep

Writers must backup their projects regularly to avoid loss.


L - Love

If a writer doesn’t have passion for a story, neither will the reader.


M - Magical

We strive to make our stories enchanting and incredible, no matter the genre.



N - Narrative

The narrative of our stories is written to bridge time by giving valuable information in a concise and engaging manner by using sensory perception.


O - Organic

Many writers choose to write organically by allowing the essential parts of the story to rise out of character and thus eliminating an outline.


P - Plot

This is a novel’s storyline, the main events of a fiction work.


Q - Quirky

We writers hold this as a description of ourselves, and we’re proud of it.


R - Romance

Writers never forget most book buyers are women who enjoy a thread of love and affection.


S - Setting

Bestselling writers establish antagonistic settings. A scene’s environment may look charming and alluring, but it has a deceptive motive.


T - Theme

The one idea that relates to the character’s life and appears subtly throughout a story.


U - Unique

Each story contains a one-of-a-kind happening or concept that is distinct and remarkable.


V - Viewpoint

Writers choose two considerations for point of view: 1) First, second, or third person and a variation and 2) Who is the point of view character in a particular scene? What character has the most to lose?


W - Wrench

Writers toss an unexpected event or change into each scene to raise the stakes for the point of view character.


X – X-Factor

Writers long for the significant, noteworthy quality about their writing style. This drive keeps them involved in the whole writing process.


Y - You

A writer’s voice determines the “you” feature in a story. Only you can do the work involved. Only you can string words together in a special fashion that sends a reader on a magic carpet ride.


Z - Zany

Writers are known for their idiosyncratic manner of experiencing life. Humor is a part of our remarkable traits. Use it. Embrace it.


Fiction writing from A to Z. Other defining attributes of writing came to mind while writing this. What are some of yours?

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?


Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards, the Golden Scroll, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Awards contests.


DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, an active member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. DiAnn continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.


DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.


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