Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

It is a pleasure to share a post about writing by fellow author John W. Howell, author of a trilogy of thrillers about John J. Cannon, an everyman attorney who is unwittingly thrust into a nation-wide terrorist plot. (See below). John’s post focuses on a frequent question often asked of authors: “What should every new writer know?” I think you will find his answers fascinating and unquestionably helpful to those beginning their writing careers. Enjoy! (Ron Yates)



I was at a book signing the other day, and a person asked me a question that caused me to have to think a little before blurting out an answer. The question was, “What should every new writer know?”

My answer at the time seemed to satisfy the person asking but after giving it a little more thought I decided that my reply was at best adequate and at worst incomplete. Now thanks to the Mystery Thriller Week I have been given another opportunity to adequately express what I have no come to call My Advice for New Writers that Every New Writer Should Know Before Deciding to Become a Writer.

I think you can tell from my title that the thought process has grown from my initial response at the book signing. Also, if you have decided to become a writer no matter what anyone tells you, I would read this anyway. At best, you may avert some pain. At worst, you might even enjoy it. So, with that introduction let’s get into it.

  1. If you want to become a writer, the most important thing you must do is write. Yes, as hard as that is to believe a writer must write. My suggestion is a writer should write every