Not all writing is alike. Writing fiction—novels and short stories—is a vastly different craft from writing nonfiction—articles, essays, biographies, memoirs, how-to and other informative books, and such. If you have a yen to write fiction, do you know what you need to know? Do you know how to write memorable characters, how to construct a plot, and all the other intricacies of fiction-writing. Now you can learn from an author with over 100 published books (both fiction and nonfiction) to her credit. Whether you plan to make fiction-writing your career or simply a sideline or hobby, here’s what you need to know.