Happy New Year! I hope you had a prolific year and are making resolutions for another great one!
Here is a round-up of my most popular posts this year based on traffic. Thanks to the staying power of Pinterest, a lot of these popular posts are older (only two are from 2015!) so you may find something you missed. Enjoy!
My 10 Most-Read Posts This Year
TEN… The “Chekhov’s Gun” Guide to Foreshadowing: I’m pretty proud of this post. I love when authors unite many story threads into one, so I was delighted to research this tiny aspect of the process.
NINE… How to Create a Remarkable Villain (Beyond the Clichés!): This is a guest post by David Villalva, and it’s one of only two posts published in 2015 to make this most popular list. David managed to tie in my beloved Batman characters and let me do an Alice-in-Wonderland-themed doodle.
EIGHT… What Every Writer Should Know About Their Novel’s Pre-Middle: This post added five index cards to the master outline, so it gets a lot of clicks.
SEVEN… There are HOW MANY Obstacles on the Hero’s Journey?!: Everyone loves a good chart.
SIX… 6 Simple Ways to Write a Physical Description: Another post that is getting a lot of traffic from Pinterest, written almost exactly a year ago.
FIVE… Day-by-Day NaNoWriMo Outline: Your 30-Day Cheatsheet: You guys shared this post like a boss. Thank you. This was the most popular post that I published in 2015, and I think it worked as a good introduction for lots of new readers.
FOUR… 7 Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue: This is a guest post by Lara Willard. It’s one of the few posts on Better Novel Project that looks at writing style as opposed to plot or characters. It gets a lot of play on Pinterest!
THREE… 9 Surprising Reasons You Need 20 Characters to Start a Book: This post ended up getting a lot of critical comments. Since publishing it back in 2013, I’ve learned to be more careful when using words like “need” in a title. (Because what writing advice could possibly be universal, right?)
TWO… The 3 Worst Traits of the YA Heroine: For some mysterious psychological reason, posts with “negative” adjectives in their titles end up getting more views. I try to stay positive though!
ONE… Playing the Numbers: Basic Word Counts: This was the third post I ever wrote for my project but it still gets a lot of search traffic. Its popularity inspired me to write my free e-book on 65 bestselling word counts.
Happy New Year!
Thank you for viewing the Master Outline 54,080 times this year.
Keep the party going…
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- Inciting Incidents: A Breakdown by JJ (Publishing Crawl)
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- How Your Hero’s Past Pain Will Determine His Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman
Thanks for a great 2015!