In this week’s video, Chris talks about the newest Star Wars movie and why superfans are upset about it. He explains how superfans are different from casual fans and what authors can learn from the film’s choices. Check out the video below for more details!
Recently Chris spoke at the 20Books Vegas 2019 writer’s conference about Write to Market. He talks about some basic tenets for choosing a genre with a market, how to use symbols to appeal to your audience, and the difference between writing to trend and creating a new genre. Check out the recording below for the…
How do you write dialogue that makes your characters sound authentic? In this week’s video, Chris discusses four different considerations to think about when writing dialogue — age, education and station, relationship and social setting, and emotional state. Check out the video below for more details about how these considerations can help shape your dialogue.
How do you make your characters distinct from each other? In today’s video, Chris gives some quick tips to make your characters stand out. They include things like names, character actions/reactions, and how these actions express each character’s emotions. Check out the video below for more details!
In this week’s video, Chris talks about how to revive a series that has not been performing well. He discusses how he is using a box set to revive his Deathless series in preparation for releasing the next book in the series. Check out the video below for the details!
In this week’s video, Chris tells his own personal childhood story and the effect that reading has had on him. Understanding why your readers read the genre they read can help writers give readers what they are looking for in your books. Check out the video below to hear the story!
What is intrinsic motivation? Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from within yourself, without need for an external reward or motivation. It’s something that gives you joy just by doing it. In today’s video, Chris talks about the importance of finding your intrinsic motivation for your writing as well as for other aspects of your…
What is Wonderdraft? It’s a neat tool Chris uses to easily make custom maps for his books (and other worldbuilding projects). In this week’s video, Chris shows the types of things you can do with Wonderdraft and why it might be useful for authors. Chris has no affiliation with Wonderdraft. He just enjoys using it….
In this week’s video, Chris explains why he has decided not to release Write to Market 2. He discusses some personal reasons as well as an analysis of his Myers-Briggs personality type and how it affects his reactions and decisions. Watch the video below for more details!
This week’s video is a follow up to last week’s How to Plot a Sequel or Series. In this part 2 video, Chris continues his plotting of his Dark Lord Bert sequel, giving details about how he is developing the story. Check out the video below for more details!