8 Mistakes to Avoid

in Your Fantasy Novel’s Opening

Don’t let common mistakes lose your readers!

Your Novel Matters ...

Looking for the right book coach for your fantasy novel?

  • Are you a fantasy writer … 

    … struggling to convert the vivid scenes of your fantasy novel from your imagination to the page?

    … stuck in a loop where you constantly rewrite your opening pages?

    … worried your story won’t resonate with your readers?

    What if I could show you the exact steps week to week that would take you from brainstorming and drafting to revising and publication?

I specialize in developmental editing and book coaching for writers of fantasy novels—writers who value the craft of storytelling and wish to create stories that resonate.

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I’ll let you in on a secret. All you need to succeed as a writer are three things:

  • A Roadmap: Illuminate your path with a step-by-step guide, ensuring you achieve your writing goals every week. From outlining to publishing, every stage of your journey is mapped out for success.

  • Mindset Mastery: Harness the power of mindset work to zero in on your creative voice. Overcome self-doubt and unearth the confidence that will bring your unique ideas to life on the page.

  • Personalized Support: Prepare for comprehensive assistance, real-time accountability, and feedback tailored to your needs. From brainstorming sessions to final publication, you'll have a dedicated ally guiding you every step of the way.

With these three pillars, you'll unlock the potential to:

  • Craft a captivating story that enthralls readers from the first page to the last.

  • Develop complex characters and immersive worlds that resonate deeply with your audience.

  • Navigate the complexities of plot twists and pacing, keeping readers hooked until the final chapter.

  • Receive guidance on refining your opening pages to grab attention and set the tone for your entire novel.

  • Overcome writer's block and stay motivated throughout your writing journey, ensuring consistent progress.

  • Transform your manuscript into a polished, professional publication ready to captivate literary agents and publishers alike.

Are you ready to turn your fantasy novel from a mere vision into a masterpiece that captures hearts and minds?

Apply now for Fantasy Footsteps: Road to Publication and begin your author journey with everything you need to write a story that works. 

Don't let your story remain trapped in your mind—bring it to life with me!


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In the group, I go live weekly with writing tips. The group is also a platform for writers to support each other and share their wins and progress.

Here’s the schedule for the lives (replays available for all except the sprints):

  • 1st Tuesday of the month: Free critique for someone in the group!

  • 2nd Tuesday of the month: Writing sprint with fellow writers

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month: Live training on a specific topic

  • 4th Tuesday of the month: Interview with an author or marketing/business expert

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As a developmental editor & book coach, everything I post is designed to help you build your creativity, strengthen your prose, and explore new avenues in your writing. The opinions in each post are my own, but many are inspired by ideas from established authors and editors who excel in their fields.

Rely on my blog for clear & specific writing advice, motivational tips and grammatical aid, and author/editor interviews!

Hi! I'm Nicole.

I’m a Developmental

Editor & Book Coach for Fantasy Writers.

Like you, I’m a writer. I understand all too well the mental and emotional ups and downs of storytelling. Don’t let resistance win! Recognize the value of good advice plus hard work.

My approach to storytelling and editing is multifaceted. Check out some of the

craft-of-writing books

I use in my editing and coaching, along with other resources for writers.

What can I say about myself? I read, I write, I read about writing, and I write about reading. It never gets old to me.

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Nadir Shirazi

“I’ve been stalling on my Islam-inspired sci-fantasy series for 10 years. But within 10 minutes of starting Nicole’s program, I started writing again. Her warmth, friendliness, kindness, and ability to deal with eccentric people like me were the kickstart I needed to dive in. I feel like a new person.”

Amanda Emerick

“I can’t recommend Fantasy Footsteps enough to writers who are legitimately looking to polish their craft, write, and eventually publish their novel. I appreciate Nicole’s honesty and reliability. I know I can count on her to talk me off a metaphorical wall when I ‘just don’t know what to do.’ Nicole is a valuable resource and has built this program around the needs of writers.”

Trinity Cunningham

“I loved discussing my story with Nicole. She provided me with invaluable insights I never would have considered on my own. Her encouraging developmental suggestions often triggered new ideas in my mind and helped me move forward with confidence. I now know what to look for and work on in my future writing.”

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I’m genuinely sorry if that disappoints you.

Instead, you can rely on my blog for clear and specific writing advice, motivational tips, grammatical aid, and author/editor interviews.

As a developmental editor & book coach, everything I post is designed to help you build your creativity, strengthen your prose, and explore new avenues in your writing. The opinions in each post are my own, but many are inspired by ideas from established authors and editors who excel in their fields.

Some of these tips might be just what you need to hear. Others might not work for you personally, and that’s okay.

Apply the tips that fit your personality and writing habits, and feel free to adapt or ignore the others. For further questions and comments, you can email me or reach me through my Contact page.

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Capture Your Readers from Your First Scene

Download my exclusive guide—8 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Fantasy Novel’s Opening. Start your fantasy novel right!

Are you worried you've failed to establish a strong bond between readers and characters in your opening scene? Do you wonder if you've lost readers because you don't know when to quit worldbuilding? Do you sometimes overlook essential conflicts? Many readers will put your book down if it doesn't grab their attention right away, so it's vital to evoking powerful emotions from readers as early as possible.

Don't let these common mistakes lose your readers and rob your story of its magic and momentum!

Save your precious time and energy by ensuring you hook readers from the start.

Grab your guide now and check your opening against these common missteps!

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