Press the Line (Ganog Wars Book 3) Released on Amazon!

Press the Line, the third book in the series Chris wrote for his 12 Weeks to a Trilogy project, has been released on Amazon! Continue reading about Fizgig, Nolan, and Khar in the Ganog Wars trilogy that began with Behind the Lines:

Press the Line

Imperalis has been lost. The Nameless Ones have returned. The Coalition refuses to fight, leaving the Ganog to wage a war they cannot win.

Betrayed and cut off, Khar and Zakanna struggle to survive. Nolan and Burke bring Alpha Company to reinforce the Nyar home world, only to be overwhelmed by the mighty Void Wraith Omegas. Fizgig and Takkar are captured by the sadistic Kthul fleet leader, Azatok.

Only one guttering flame of hope remains. On Nyar, Nolan finds an ancient Void Wraith Omega, weathered and damaged. If he can restore it, they might just have a weapon strong enough to fight back.

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How to Plot Your Novel Using Dan Harmon’s Story Circle

In this week’s video, Chris takes a look at the plotting aspect of writing a novel. Using Star Wars as an example, he explains Dan Harmon’s story circle structure, which builds on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, and how it works to drive the plot of a story. He also shows how he applies the story circle to one of his own novels. Watch the video for more details!

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Relaunch Your Novel is Available for Preorder

A new book for authors, Relaunch Your Novel, is available for preorder from Amazon. From Chris:

The number one question I’ve gotten for the past two years is, can I resurrect a book that’s stopped selling? The answer is a resounding yes. Our backlists represent our most consistent source of income, and if you configure yours correctly you can turn it into a money generation machine.

This book is my attempt to turn you how to do exactly that. It’s the sixth, and probably final, book in the Write Faster, Write Smarter series. I hope you guys find it useful.

I’ll be doing a companion series of videos on my YouTube channel as well, and will let you guys know when they (and the book) are live!

Coming June 30th!

Every Word Counts

I was asked by Chrys Fey of the Insecure Writer’s Group to submit an article for their May Newsletter, but there was a catch. The piece had be be between 200-400 words, making it much more challenging than a 2,000 word piece. This is what I came up with. What do you guys think?

Hooking readers is both art and science. To capture their attention, distill your message to its essence. You have one sentence to evoke curiosity, and you do it by provoking questions.

  • In eight seconds I will be dead.
  • When I die, my race dies with me.
  • That perfect, effortless smile would be the end of me.

Why will the narrator be dead in eight seconds? Why will this person’s race die with them? Why will a smile be the end of the narrator?

We don’t know, but we desperately want to. Lay your sentences like bricks, each building on the last.

  • In eight seconds I will be dead. I pull the ripcord.
  • When I die, my race dies with me. I am the last.
  • That perfect, effortless smile would be the end of me. I bet it had been the end of every woman Brett had ever given it to.

Now we have a little context, but it only begs more questions. Why does this person have a parachute? Are they falling from a plane? Why is this person the last of their race? Who is Brett, and why does he have such an effect on the point of view character?

The third sentence is another brick. Lay it with care. Answer a question. Raise three more. Then lay another brick. Answer two questions. Ask three more.

  • In eight seconds I will be dead. I pull the ripcord. Nothing happens.
  • When I die, my race dies with me. I am the last. Fitting, as I was the first.
  • That perfect, effortless smile would be the end of me. I bet it had been the end of every woman Brett had ever given it to. Of course, it wasn’t the smile I was interested in.

Pull the reader forward, always craving more understanding. Then at the story’s end, with the same care you placed the first brick, place the last. Answer the big question.

Subtly whisper three more.