I am super excited to tell you about a conference my good friend Kevin T. Johns is running: The Writer’s Craft Summit. And I’m going to be a part of it.
The summit has just opened up for registration, so if you’d like to participate and watch my (and all the other) sessions, hit the sign up button below.
Let me tell you a little bit about Kevin:
Kevin is an author, writing coach, and the host of The Writing Coach podcast.
At the summit, Kevin will be hosting video sessions with over 20 top fiction writing experts… including me! Which, when you see the line up, you’ll understand why I can’t believe I’m part of it.
There are going to be authors, editors, and writing coaching all sharing their very best strategies, tactics, and techniques for mastering the craft of writing fiction.
At The Writer’s Craft Virtual Summit, you’ll learn:
- The difference between a mini-plot, arch-plot, and anti-plot
- How to shut down your inner critic and banish imposter syndrome forever
- Three types of conflict you can work into every scene you write
- A simple method for fleshing out your story spine
- An incredible trick for making supporting characters memorable even if they are only in a couple of scenes
- A method for getting an objective perspective on your own work
- An exercise Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and Hunter S. Thompson all used to become better writers
And much more.
The best part?
The Writer’s Craft Summit is totally FREE to attend live:
One of the things I love most about this conference is that it’s PURELY about improving your writing craft. No advertising, no marketing, just hard craft and fiction development.
The Writer’s Craft Summit is focused exclusively on the fundamentals of fiction writing.
This summit is about making YOU a better writer, period.
You don’t need to know (or care) about AMS ads or Book Bub promotions to enjoy this event.
All you need is a pen, some paper, and a passion for storytelling.
He’s managed to bring together an amazing lineup of experts to show you how to write fictions novels readers will love. If you want to learn from people who have ‘been there, done that’ and can show you what to do (and what not to do) to achieve fiction writing success, then…
Check out “The Writer’s Craft Summit” (FREE for a limited time):
Dialogue is one of the harder elements of writing. Too often it sounds stilted, dull or ridiculous. Yet it forms such a vital part of your character’s make up. It’s the only time we hear from them directly.
The worst mistake you can make is writing fictional dialogue in the style of a normal conversation.
We litter our prose with ums and ahhhs and loop backs and repetition. If you wrote dialogue like that in your novels you’d bore your readers to tears.
Mastering dialogue is one of THE quickest ways to improve your manuscripts. It creates pace and tension and can even get you noticed by literary agents and publishers.
So the question is… how should you write dialogue? If only there was a nifty resource that could teach you how to master it…
Well, I know just such a thing… [Read more…] about Do you want to master dialogue? @LiteraryLiving can help #amwriting
I finished my second book (kinda). Yay, go me. By kinda, I mean it’s all but on it’s way to beta readers, which means it’s had a big edit and a proof from me and Mr Grammarly, the cover is done (cover reveal coming soon) and the blurb is looming like a nasty plague eyeing my self-doubt hungrily in the corner.
I thought, given it’s my second book, and it feels like a milestone, I’d do some reflection. I’ve done a couple of these posts, one when I finished my first book (9 Secrets Successfully Completing That First Draft), and another after all the editing and completing the second draft (13 Things I learnt From Completing Draft Two)
This post is entirely selfish and just my observations about the development of my writing process, maybe you’ll find it useful, or maybe you can have a good chuckle at my incompetence.
The book I finished is 13 Steps to Evil, my non-fiction writing craft book that will teach you how to craft Superbad villains. [Read more…] about 4 Things That Develop As You Write More Books
Once in awhile, you read a book that changes everything.
For me, it’s usually the ones that make me grip the kitchen counter because I need a minute to get a grip of the quivering and bug-eyed daze I’m in. In those seconds, I have a literary, emotional or philosophical ‘O’. A synchronizing of minds with my Muse, its heart beat, pumping in time with mine, pouring inspiration, epiphanies, and unadulterated universal clarity into my consciousness.
Sometimes I just smile, because the epiphany I had, is a small emotional win. Like the fact that when you can’t heal from something in your past, it’s because you haven’t let it go. If you want a scab to heal, you have to stop picking it.
Other times, the revelation is much more significant. I physically pause for thought because the story has just reiterated how inconsequentially small my life is in relation to the infinite enormity of the universe.
I like to think of these moments of pause as reaffirming moments of philosophy and truth. When it happens, that book stays with me forever. That author has single-handedly changed a part of me. Forget meditative yoga retreats and six-week long vows of silence. All you need is a bloody good book, with a bloody good book truth buried inside it and that’s enough to open someone’s mind, shove a whisk in it and jingle jangle their brain cells into a new alignment.
I want my books to have a book truth because I want to give somebody else that moment of clarity and change the way they view the world. If everybody could change just one person, maybe the world would be a better place. What I do know is, whenever an author has done that to me, I’ve read everything they’ve ever written. Isn’t that every author’s dream? So here’s a few lessons I’ve learned about book truths.