Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 1: Diverting Attention with Action

Dropping Clues and Hiding Secrets Like J. K. Rowling, Part 1: Diverting Attention with Action

One of the biggest reasons J. K. Rowling turned the fans of her Harry Potter series into fanatics were—besides from the exceptional characters and rich world building—the clues and hidden secrets sprinkled through each book. These things had the fanatic fans searching the stories and analyzing every little detail to try and figure out what they meant.

This kind of engaged audience is what all writers want, right?

In this blog post series, I’ll show you Rowling’s different techniques of dropping clues and hiding secrets.

In this blog post, we’ll focus on the first technique: Divert attention with action.

How to Craft Your Protagonist’s Internal Growth: 9 Questions to Consider

How to Craft Your Protagonist’s Internal Growth: 9 Questions to Consider

It’s important for your protagonist to have some form of growth through your story—especially internal growth. Internal growth will help you create a well-rounded character, which is one step in the right direction of crafting a character that lifts off the pages.

I’ve compiled a list of questions in this blog post (and a workbook in which you can answer the questions). These are questions that may help you craft the internal growth of your protagonist.

But first, let’s take a quick look at why growth is important.

The Building Blocks of a Novel: Launch Announcement

The Building Blocks of a Novel: Launch Announcement

Many of us carry a dream of writing a book. The mere thought of writing a story gets us excited. But many novice and aspiring writers don’t know where to start. Others get stuck on the basic building blocks that are the vital foundation of a story.

Are you one of those writers? One that dream about writing a book but don’t know where to start? One that is stuck on story structure, character creation, and crafting a plot?

Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

How to Foreshadow Events to Create a Well-Rounded and Cohesive Story: Tips and Questions

How to Foreshadow Events to Create a Well-Rounded and Cohesive Story: Tips and Questions

Foreshadowing is a literary device and a necessary aspect of any well-crafted story. Though necessary, many writers may not know how to use it to its full effect. I will therefore offer you some tips on how to use it in this blog post. But, first, let’s look at what foreshadowing actually is.

Book Release — How to Create Distinctive Character Voices, The Busy Author’s Guide Book 11

Book Release — How to Create Distinctive Character Voices, The Busy Author’s Guide Book 11

Today I’m celebrating the release of my eleventh ebook in The Busy Author’s Guide series. The book is called How to Create Distinctive Character Voices.

The Hero’s Journey Explained: A Breakdown of its Different Stages

The Hero’s Journey Explained: A Breakdown of its Different Stages

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative pattern identified by Joseph Campbell, most notably outlined in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This pattern of adventure and transformation is a universal one that runs through all kinds of mythic traditions across the world.

Christopher Vogler has simplified this pattern in his The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. While Joseph Campbell’s monomyth is described to have seventeen stages, I will focus on Christopher Vogler’s version (which is divided into twelve stages) and break them down for you.

How to Find Your Niche: 3 Fundamental Steps to Gain Clarity

How to Find Your Niche: 3 Fundamental Steps to Gain Clarity

Finding your niche is vital for writers who want to start blogging and write a non-fiction book. Though, it can be hard to get to the bottom of what that means for you, which is why I’ve written this blog post.

Here, I'll go through 3 fundamental steps to find your niche. If you want to write down your notes on physical paper, you can download this free workbook and print it out.

What is a Scene and How to Write One: 9 Simple Steps

What is a Scene and How to Write One: 9 Simple Steps

Every story is built up with a varied number of scenes. In turn, every scene is built up with their own variables like location, character, time, plot, conflict, etc. To write a novel (or a short story, novella, etc.) you need to come to terms with that a story is written scene by scene (the length of your story will determine how many scenes you’ll need). It can, however, be tricky to write scenes—especially if you don’t exactly know what it means. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idea of thinking of a story being built up by scenes. Which is why I’ve written this blog post.

Here, I will share 9 steps on how to write a scene.

Why Should Your Readers Care About Your Protagonist? 11 Questions to Find Out Why

Why Should Your Readers Care About Your Protagonist? 11 Questions to Find Out Why

I don’t think it can be stressed enough that a writer need to craft a protagonist the reader will care about one way or another. Your protagonist can be the make or break of your story.

Crafting a great protagonist is hard, but there are ways that may help you get a better understanding of how to proceed. I have therefore compiled a list of questions that will help you dive deeper into why your readers should care about your protagonist.