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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Write Notepads & Co. GIVEAWAY

notepad-giveawayThis is Better Novel Project’s first GIVEAWAY– I’ve got two gorgeous notebooks from Write Notepads & Co. to give out, plus a few other updates.

Read on to see what I’m researching, planning, reading, learning, and sharing!


1. What I’m Researching

3d printerI went on my second novel research field trip, this time to the USA Science and Engineering Festival (with my dad and husband in tow).[Read More]

Writing the Sidekick Archetype (Part I)

sidekick-pinA sidekick is the Boo-Boo to your Yogi, the Pokey to your Gumby, and the Samwise to your Frodo. Seriously, what would Frozen be without Olaf the Snowman?

Let’s break down the similarities between Harry Potter’s sidekick, Ron Weasley, and Katniss Everdeen’s sidekick, Rue.

Specifically, we’ll cover the introduction of the sidekick and evolution of trust in Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. [Read More]

The Golden Age & Other Writing Delusions

starry-night-pinI am writing you today from the couch, where I am drinking a glass of wine while Midnight in Paris plays quietly on the television.

Why? Because today sucked, and this is what writers do on bad days. I think.

All I know for sure is that writing is a mind game, and today its delusions caught up with me.[Read More]

The Zen of Story Climax

climax-post-pinThe climax of a young adult adventure story might be the most formulaic yet. The pattern is familiar, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little surprising.

Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games share similar traits at the high point of the story: the hero enters the villain’s lair alone and we anticipate the final, physical brawl.[Read More]