What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt

What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer's Doubt | Better Novel ProjectI was inspired to write this essay for the Positive Writer’s “Overcoming Writer’s Doubt” contest.

When there’s a giant obstacle blocking me from my desk chair, it’s always the same question: Why did I think I could be a writer?

It’s worse than writer’s block, a missing muse, or even the inner critic– because sometimes I don’t even make it far enough for those other hurdles to step in. [Read More]

Secrets of a YA Make-out Session

kiss-pinLove is in the air— and by love, I mean hormones combined with risk of death.

I recently received this reply to one of my email newsletters:

Quick question, any chance you might be tackling the element of romance in TW [Twilight] and HG [The Hunger Games]?
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3 Lessons I Learned from J.F. Penn’s Desecration

octopus-pinYou probably already know Joanna Penn from her entrepreneurial-author advice at The Creative Penn. I’ve idolized Joanna for awhile now because of her successful writing platform and prolific output of dark thrillers.

Today I’m excited to review her new audiobook Desecration.

Disclosure: I listened to a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.[Read More]

The Clark Kent Guide to Writing about Clothing

clark-kent-clothingBefore writing about what your main character is wearing, look to Clark Kent for guidance: every change of clothes is symbolic. 

When that Superman “S” comes out, the reader knows that it’s time for adventure. The same goes for costume changes in Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight![Read More]

Scream Queens on the Hero’s Journey

Christine's Note: This is a guest post by Jennifer Brinkmeyer, who rises early to blog about horror and write, and then spends her day teaching teenagers. I asked Jennifer to guest here after reading her article on The Top 10 Classics for Beginners.

the-scream-pinThe horror genre is filled with female protagonists, or “Scream Queens,” who each have their own version of the hero’s journey.

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