The Forbidden Secret of Writing – Get This Wrong and Your Novel Will Never Sell

Innocence. That is the secret ingredient to writing. Innocence.

If your main characters know too much, it will be a poor story. If the reader knows too much in the first chapter, it will be a poor story. If the story could not be understood by a twelve year old, it will be a poor story. If the story is not innocent, it will not be a good story.

After years of writing, I began to realize that the reason why a lot of literature being written today is not long-lasting is because people don’t know how to write a story. They don’t know what good storytelling actually is and what it isn’t. What’s more, those who do know what good storytelling is often can’t seem to plow through the first draft of their story. I, myself, experienced a lot of difficulties getting through the first draft of my second novel, and it lay in tatters for nearly a year before I went back and refined it for publication.

All this led me to a conclusion: People need to be trained in what good storytelling is and how to achieve it. In the ancient days, storytelling was something taught and practiced like math is today. The bards were a respected class.

It is through storytelling that we perceive much of the world around us – stories that are real as well as stories that aren’t real but that could be real. Understanding what good storytelling is and how to write and think it has helped me immensely in my daily life. Garbage in equals garbage out. In other words, if we put garbage into our minds, then garbage will be the result. It is easy for people to understand this when talking about food. If all a person eats is hamburgers and French fries, then their health will quickly deteriorate. Yet, the same applies with storytelling. If we immerse ourselves in bad stories, then the results will be an unhealthy life. Yet, good stories do the exact opposite! By learning good storytelling, my inspiration for stories has increased, my imagination is no longer something foreboding but is rather something that can easily be shared with others through storytelling, and I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wholesomeness that creates healthy society. And it’s not just me. FACT: Those who read wholesome stories are more content in their lives and are more creative in their thinking.

In six constructed modules of Writing Imagination Academy, I lead you from conceptualizing your story through your own inspiration to a finished manuscript that is ready for publication. You’re in the driver’s seat! I’m just sitting in the passenger seat navigating you to your own destination. What if you could see your dreams brought down on paper and for a fraction of the cost most book consultants/editors request?

You are walking down the dusty road in the moonlight toward your destination. Need more help than what I give for free? Sign up to my course! Begin by filling out the form after clicking the button at the bottom of this list. Watch my free video training and apply!

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Here’s a great article I found on tips with how to overcome writer’s block. Enjoy!



It’s a Shame Your Novel Lies in Tatters, When the Steps are Simple!

“One of the hardest things about being a writer is actually finishing that first draft. We often linger on the details, editing as we go, which in many cases causes us to run out of steam and quit.”~Writer’s Digest

My guess is that for a long time, maybe years, you have thought about writing a novel of some kind. You would not be alone. I spent over six years writing two complete drafts of two different novels and revising them. . .yet this wasn’t enough. The stories were written at a grade-school level at best, and their content was a knockoff from someone else’s stories anyway. The truth was, I didn’t know how to spring board true imagination within me that could be transferred into something on a page.

Do you feel like your story is in the same boat? You’ve struggled with coming up with all the scenes you know you need to imagine. When friends ask you how your story is going, you mumble something about life happening and not having time to write. You keep saying next month, next year, sometime soon, you’ll complete it. Secretly, you know you never will – not if you keep on the same trajectory.

My free Module of training videos you receive when you sign up to my email list (join at the bottom of this post) should put you well on the way to victory! Except. . .not quite.

The problem is that your story that you know you have imagined in your head can’t come down on paper – and when you try to put it on paper, it usually comes out different from your vision.

Don’t worry! I’m here with an answer. All I ask is a few minutes of your time and to ponder a question: Do you want to succeed? Watch the below video over your coffee or tea break (I love tea – drink it nearly every day).


Ask yourself: Do you want to succeed at writing? Not ready to make a decision? Still trying to gain all the free material you can? That’s great! Here is a bullet point list on choosing a good writing environment:

1. Think about what sort of environment you were in when you first thought of your story and try to recreate it.
2. What environment do you like reading in? If it’s quiet, write in a quiet place. If it’s loud, write in a loud place. Chances are that your concentration for writing and reading will be the same!
3. Come up with a set of places (no more than five) that you know you have available in your writing time. Trial and error writing in these places to see which works best for you!

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Here is an article sharing many tips about writing. (Note: The author’s method’s are slightly different than mine at times, yet there is a lot of meat to what he said here.)