Everybody loves a hero. If you’ve hung around here long enough, you’ll have heard me say that a dozen times already. But heroes – no matter how much we love them – are often predictable. Something that’s the result of a soft heart and too much halo polishing. If you want to get your hero into ship shape, this book is wicked… *cough*. Moving on. After years of villain worship and intensive study and deconstruction of all the villains I can find, I’m sad to say it’s rare for me to find a villain that gives me a case of the tinglies, but Villainelle – the villainous minx – did just that. If you want to create killer villains then have a look at these tactics the writers of Killing Eve employed. [Read more…] about Create Killer Villains: Lessons From Villainelle
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):
This blog post is about three and a half months overdue. Sigh. Bad Sacha. Actually no, obscenely busy Sacha. But that’s no excuse.
talking, no, raving about a particular writing craft book that I’ve adored for the entirety of my writing career. I love it so much I’ve decided to run a giveaway for it. Read on to find out how you could win a digital copy of:
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
Why am I raving about this book again? Because they released a second (bumper) edition earlier this year; it’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever. You can see my rave review (and subsequent slew of epiphanies) from their emotional wounds book here.
Grab yourselves a copy of the second expanded edition of The Emotion Thesaurus here:
Why do I love this book so much? For one, stories are about change. That change is embodied in the characters you write about and the way you convey the change is through the emotional journey your characters go on. [Read more…] about How to Convey Emotion in Your Story – The Emotion Thesaurus 2nd Ed #amwriting @angelaackerman
Most people think their hero is the most important character in their book. I argue it’s the villain. After all, the villain is – for the most part – the source of conflict in your story. And without conflict you don’t have a story. Conflict is your hero’s catalyst for change, which means it’s quite literally the holy grail of story telling.
So your villain is important. But surely your heroes are too?
Yes. Yes, they are.
Your hero is the lens through which your reader experiences your story. Without your hero there is no narrator, no filter for which the story can be told. It would be like going to the movies and wearing headphones and a blindfold.
That’s why I wrote 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist.
And guess what?
It’s out today.
Want to know more? Read on… [Read more…] about 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist OUT NOW
There’s nothing I like more than getting to the point. That’s what flash fiction does, and it’s also how I started writing. For the longest time, I wrote fractured pieces, snippets of stories that weren’t destined for me to finish. Characters came and went, challenges were entered, and pieces of stories lay frayed at the edges and abandoned to dusty corners.
But the skills I picked up writing flash fiction were invaluable.
If it weren’t for the heroics of bloggers and community builders like Charli Mills, I might never have been brave enough to pick up the proverbial pen and grit my way through 70,000 words.
February sees the launch of the first flash fiction anthology from Charli’s writing community: The Rough Writers over at The Carrot Ranch. I am both humbled and deeply honored to have been part of that anthology.
Check out the anthology here:
Here are 5 reasons why you probably ought to be writing Flash Fiction: [Read more…] about 5 Reasons Why Flash Fiction Makes You A Better Writer #amwriting #MondayBlogs @Charli_Mills
Writers talk about their characters being disobedient all the time. It’s like some kind of cosmic joke, we spend weeks planning, checking, re-checking. We dust our shirt collar in a smug, ‘I’ve defeated my story outline’ pose, only to get 30,000 words or so into our novel and the little
darlings bastards have pitched a killer twist that’s so far out of left field even book-God himself wouldn’t have seen it coming.
I’m telling you.
Those little story critters know exactly what their doing. Lulling us into a false sense of security and then when we’re balls deep into the flabby middle, they slap us upside the head with something so good, we can’t ignore it. Tyrants. Heathens. Thou cullionly idle-headed hedge-pigs!
And so, the plot is messed up, the timeline fudged and your brain a crockpot of drafts, twists, confused dialogue and stroppy characters.
What to do?
Here’s a quick tip to help you beat those little darlings back into shape. [Read more…] about Untangle Plot Problems With This Quick Tip #MondayBlogs #amwriting