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!
Chris Speaking About Write to Market at 20Books Vegas 2019
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 to Write Authentic Dialogue
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.
Quick Tip: How to Make Your Characters Stand Out
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!
Reviving a Dead Series
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!
Why Do Your Readers Read?
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!
Find Your Intrinsic Motivation
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…
Why Authors Love Wonderdraft for Mapmaking
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….
Get Fired Up
Today, Chris talks motivation in his weekly video. He discusses a method he uses to get fired up and get excited about what he’s working on. Improving your mood can have profound effects on your life, your work, and even the people around you. Check out the video below to hear Chris’s thoughts (and watch…
Why I Decided Not to Release Write to Market 2
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!