You 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]
I’ve been getting a decent number of emails from you all asking about the breakdown of sequels and trilogies. And that’s a huge topic.
Today, let’s start with a look at how the endings of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games wrap up their current story while introducing their next adventure.… [Read More]
Christine's Note: This is a guest post by Jaclyn Paul, a fiction writer, blogger, and occasional freelancer. Check out her platform at JaclynPaul.com.
If you’re an introvert, the thought of attending a conference may make you want to hide in your closet.
I know the feeling.… [Read More]
Before 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]
Your novel is only as good as the parts the reader actually gets to.
So after you’ve written your opening scene with a bittersweet celebration, what’s next?
There’s a “day in the life” scene that occupies the space between the opening and the call to adventure. … [Read More]
Does all of your dialogue sound the same, no matter who’s talking? Have you had feedback saying that your dialogue is awkward or unrealistic?
Nearly any book about writing fiction will have a section on dialogue.… [Read More]
Nothing is ever easy for the hero! On the monomythical Hero’s Journey, the main character must endure a “Road of Trials.”
This is a series of tasks or obstacles that block the path to the hero’s true goal.
- Can Harry Potter just waltz on to the Hogwarts train?
… [Read More]
This 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
I 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]
Now that we’ve introduced the sidekick, it’s time to put him to work!
Last week we looked out how Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and Rue from The Hunger Games build trust with the hero.
Today, we’ll see how each sidekick helps the hero along the journey and eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice (of sorts).… [Read More]