The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing

  J by K.M. WEILAND The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing   I’ve been writing consistently since I was twelve, which means I’ve now been writing for the (amazingly long very short?) period of twenty-two years. In that time, almost as much about my writing has changed as has … More The 3 Acts of a Writer’s Life–Or How Your Age Affects Your Writing

What’s in a Blurb? How to Write the Perfect Book Description

The dreaded blurb! It seems like authors everywhere hate writing book descriptions and with excellent reason. It’s hard to take tens of thousands of words and distill them down to 200 or less in a way that captures the essence of your book and compels readers to buy without sounding zealous. I used to write … More What’s in a Blurb? How to Write the Perfect Book Description

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment   First impressions do count. And your protagonist’s Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers. Now that we’ve got the basic theory of character arc out of the way and figured out how to set up your protagonist’s inner conflict, via the Lie … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character’s Ghost

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character’s Ghost   What is your character’s ghost, and how does it affect his character arc? Once you’ve figured out the Lie Your Character Believes, as well as Thing He Wants and the Thing He Needs, the next question you need to ask yourself is: Why does the … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character’s Ghost