Tell it Like it Isn’t: Two Moments for Withholding Information

Tell it Like it Isn't: Two Moments for Withholding Information All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. -Ernest Hemingway

Sorry Hemingway, but in genre fiction, the writer’s gotta lie. Or, at least fill the hero’s mouth with lies.

Let’s deconstruct how Harry PotterThe Hunger Games, and Twilight build conflict by withholding information.[Read More]

How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction (Just Like TFIOS)

Christine's Note: This is a guest post by Kathryn Goldman, a lawyer who represents writers, filmmakers, and businesses to protect their intellectual property. Check out Kathryn's free ebook, Digital Artists Rip-Off Report [Her article below is written to give us an idea of how to be thoughtful about trademark law when we write our stories, and is not legal advice.]

How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction (Just Like TFIOS)Ever find yourself in the middle of writing your story and your main character starts using a real life product or gets involved with a real company?[Read More]

Don’t Argue with the Anti-Hero

An-Argument-Between-These-Five-Would-Be-PricelessMaybe you’ve seen this image floating around on Pinterest or Google+ recently: An Argument Between These Five Would Be Priceless. And maybe, like me, you thought, “OMG YES” when you saw it.

But WHY do we have that reaction?

An argument between this five would be amazing because they are the same character[Read More]

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]