This makes me smile– maybe some people understand intuitively what makes a compelling 90,000 words, but I’m not one of them.… [Read More]
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 Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight build conflict by withholding information.… [Read More]
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.]
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]
But WHY do we have that reaction?
An argument between this five would be amazing because they are the same character! … [Read More]
I 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]
Love 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:
… [Read More]Quick question, any chance you might be tackling the element of romance in TW [Twilight] and HG [The Hunger Games]?
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]
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]
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]