Fiction Writing Salon

With Connie Briscoe

Photo by Ashleigh Bing

Hello and welcome!

The Fiction Writing Salon (formerly Creativity for Fiction Writers) is a gathering spot that supports and encourages beginning writers and aspiring authors as they pursue their dream of writing a novel. Here, you'll find advice on discovering and refining your ideas, crafting compelling characters, and building intriguing plots, as well as unleashing your creativity. Whether you're just starting or looking to hone your skills, the Fiction Writing Salon is a go-to resource for many of the steps in your writing journey, from idea to first draft.

I’ve been a published author for thirty years (see more about me below)—and a very successful one I should add with pride—and this I get to share what I’ve learned over the years with you.

You don’t have to be a published writer to join in. Anyone who aspires to write a novel is welcome. Even if you’re just curious and want to learn more—you’re invited too. If you’ve come this far that probably means YOU. So join in. I want the Fiction Writing Salon to be a place where everyone feels welcomed and encouraged to share their work, thoughts, and ideas about writing fiction.

Free subscribers get—

  • Posts and writing prompts on creativity and the craft of writing.

  • Peeks into my life as a novelist and my upcoming work.

  • Access to the archives.

Paid subscribers also get— 

—All writing challenges on:

  • the craft of writing a novel (setting, characterization, plot),

  • literary devices used in fiction (metaphor, flashback).

Fiction Writing Salon is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.

Photo by Ashleigh Bing

About me—

I’ve been a full-time published author since 1994. Over that time, I have had several books published, including YOU NEVER KNOW (Amistad | HarperCollins), my first domestic suspense novel. A photo essay book on stylish black adults age 50+ was published in December 2023, which I wrote in cooperation with photographer Milton Washington, titled STEPPING OUT, (Clarkson Potter | Crown). My work has been published globally, hitting the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Baltimore Sun among many other publications.

Of the twelve books I’ve written, two are nonfiction and nine are novels. You can learn more about them here. My second suspense novel is currently in production.

I was born with a mild hearing impairment but have never let that hold me back. After progressively losing more hearing, several years ago I had a cochlear implant and it restored much of what I had lost. I believe that the challenges of dealing with hearing loss helped make me stronger, more resilient, and more determined to reach my goals.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, creating jewelry, and traveling.

More about me and my work can be found on my website here.


Generous words from readers—

Connie I love all your books. I am not a reader until I read one of your books. Sisters and Lovers.

Such an amazing writer. I’m a fan! Big Girls Don’t Cry!!! Classic favorite

Connie Briscoe got me through some times. Especially with Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Ms Briscoe, I will have get your new book and ask you to sign this one too! Congratulations!!!

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Craft and creativity for fiction writers | By a bestselling author of nine novels.


Bestselling author of a dozen books. Enjoys supporting aspiring authors.