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Win One of These Tools for Creating Better Fictional Characters

Characters are the linchpin of any good story–no matter how clever the plot or how intriguing the setting, if your characters fall flat, your story is likely to fall flat.

I’d love to help you create multi-faceted characters your readers will love…or love to hate.

That’s why I’ve joined nine other authors and writing coaches in a New Year’s giveaway for writers: you could win a course, a book or a consultation with a pro to help you master the art of characterization.

Check out these awesome prizes:

  • ONE $75 Amazon gift certificate, so you can buy a bunch of books on writing craft
  • 1 30-minute Skype consultation with Rachael Herron (normally $100)
  • 1 30-minute phone consultation with writing expert Alicia Rasley (normally $50)
  • 1 seat in Lynn Johnston’s course, Creating Archetypal Characters (normally $37)
  • 1 seat in Beth Barany’s course, Creating Compelling Characters (normally $97)
  • 1 ebook by Britt Malka, ABC Character Method (normally $14.97)
  • 1 paperback copy of The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne and a FREE scene analysis for character by a certified Story Grid editor, J. Thorn (normally $285)
  • 1 paperback copy of The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction by C.S. Lakin (normally $14.95)
  • 10 ebook bundles containing: Quick and Dirty Character Tips by Heidi Angell, Seven Secrets to Creating Great Characters by Margaret Lucke, and Don’t Write Like We Talk by Catharine Bramkamp (normally $13.97)

Once you’ve entered the giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter with your email, get more entries by sharing this giveaway with your fellow writers via Twitter!

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Short Story Q&A Webinar (Plus PDF Slides)

I did a short story webinar last night, where I talked about incorporating short stories into your writing career plan in a variety of ways (and being strategic about it). Topics covered included approaches for novelists wanting to promote with short stories vs short story writers who want to build income through Amazon Short Reads, and much more.

Here’s the replay, and a PDF of the slides:

Short Story Q&A PDF:  Short Story Q&A – May 14 2015 – Lynn Johnston

Regards,

Lynn

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Editing for Story, Part 3: Scenes

Welcome to the third video in the Editing for Story series!

Today we’re talking about questions to help you evaluate the content of your scenes and look for overall patterns as you create your revision list.

The Editing for Story videos are a companion to the Editing for Story ebook–don’t forget to download your free PDF after you watch the video.

Editing for Story, Episode 2: Non-Traditional Plot Structure

Welcome to episode two of Editing for Story!

Today we’re talking about how to analyze the structure of a story or novel that doesn’t fit into one of the traditional plot structures, or where the structure is so complex that traditional structure is difficult to identify.

This method is a little bit outside the bounds of the advice you’ve probably already heard about editing a rough draft, but it gives you a clear picture of how conflict and stakes are generating organic “plot points” in your story.

Next episode:  how to make sure your story’s scenes stand up to scrutiny!

The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 30

Welcome to Day 30, the final day of NaNoWriMo!

Today we’re talking about your story’s resolution and how to tie up all those loose story ends, as well as the emotion that you’ll end your story on.

Thanks for stopping by! Come by tomorrow–we’ll talk about what to do next and how to get started on editing your novel.

The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 30

Welcome to Day 30 of NaNoWriMo!

Today we’re talking about what makes for a great resolution, how to end your story on the right emotional note, and–you knew it was coming, didn’t you?–EDITS.

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Congratulations on making it to the end of NaNoWriMo!

Next week, we’ll be talking about some things to consider when editing a first draft–I hope to see you then.

The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 29

Welcome to Day 29 of NaNoWriMo!

Today we’re talking about the defeat or victory of the protagonist during the climax of your novel and how to make it pay off in the biggest way possible, as well as handling endings in a book that’s part of a series.

Thanks for stopping by–come back tomorrow for Day 30 tips!

The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 28

Welcome to the 28th day of NaNoWriMo!

Today we’re talking about the beginning of the final, epic showdown between your protagonist and antagonist, and what makes a good climax.

Thanks for stopping by–come back tomorrow for Day 29 plotting tips!

The 30 Day Novel: NaNoWriMo Series, Day 27

Welcome to NaNoWriMo Day 27!

Today we’re talking about how to isolate your protagonist from his/her allies and set up the final showdown with the antagonist.

Thanks for dropping by–come back tomorrow for more plotting tips!