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:
Quick question, any chance you might be tackling the element of romance in TW [Twilight] and HG [The Hunger Games]?
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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?
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