Next week we will have missed Halloween, so today’s challenge is to write 52 words of a character that is utterly terrified.
A little over a year ago, I saw a guest post on one of my writing heroes websites: writers helping writers. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi announced their brand new writing Coach residency. The coaches were HIGHLY esteemed with the likes of James Scott Bell and C.S Laiken.When I saw it I was so excited. I thought it was amazing that they had brought together such an insane line up of coaches and I’d get the benefit of learning from all their tips. I also made a promise to myself that day. I swore that whether it was in five years, fifteen years or fifty years, I would be able to call myself a writing coach. I didn’t know how I’d manage it or if I’d ever be good enough to call myself that. But that didn’t matter. I wanted to be one and I was determined to help others. So I was totally and utterly mind fuggled when a few weeks ago, an email from Angela herself dropped into my inbox asking if I’d join their coach programme… UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Let me think about that…! FUCK YEAH I WILL. Need I say more! I’m still in shock, I was in shock when the new coach line up was announced, and I was even more shocked when yesterday my first guest post went live. I’m in amongst some ridiculous talent, I can’t quite get my head around the fact mug shot is in amongst a CRAY CRAY line up, but there we are. In my first guest post, I’m talking about how we as writers often focus on story and character arcs and forget that one of the fastest ways to improve our novels is to focus on the detail. If you’d like to check out my 5 top tips and instantly polish your craft, go check out my first coach post: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads Don’t forget, 13 Steps To Evil – How to Craft Superbad Villains the textbook AND workbook are out now. Click this link for the textbook Click this link for the workbook You can also get a FREE villains cheat sheet by joining my mailing list just click here.
***At the tail end of May, I released 13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft Superbad Villains which was jam-packed with resources and tips to improve your villains and help you take them to the next level. But what was missing from that book, was a way for you to put those lessons into practice. I promptly rectified that, which is why today sees me launch:
- Choose the perfect villain traits
- Create sinister character histories and motives
- Avoid pesky clichés
- Design conflict and tension that grips your reader
- Build your market knowledge so you create a villain that sells
Write about what happens next:
Write about the day you ignored the ‘KEEP OUT’ sign.
1 of 2 signed paperbacks or
1 of 5 eBook copiesIf you’d like to enter, all you have to do is sign up here. That’s it. Simple. Competition closes 10th November at 12 pm. Winners will be notified at 7:30 pm BST on the 10th. Books will be shipped no later than 3 weeks after the 17th November (author copies take a while to arrive). Here’s the book blurb: Eden’s life is balanced… …until her soul is bound to her enemy. When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything. As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life. Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind. Three boys. Two murdered parents. One deadly choice. You can also add Keepers to your Goodreads list, here.
“One of the most important discoveries I made during my year-long journey was the value of celebrating my achievements – however small they might be. I always took a moment at the end of every month to write a summary post and absorb the implications of what I’d just achieved. In my first month’s challenge, I lost ten pounds in weight, for month four I gave up alcohol for thirty days. These aren’t massive accomplishments, but they were important to me and meaningful for the voyage I was on. Observing the progress you make daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly keeps you focused on your destination, but allows you to enjoy the journey.”Think about some of the things you’ve achieved recently. Perhaps you’ve made progress with a writing project, or survived your first day at university! Have you finished knitting that scarf, or completed a jigsaw that was thwarting you? Celebrations can take many forms, from sharing a coffee with friends to buying something special. It’s your choice how you celebrate but never skip this step in your personal development. You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to celebrate! No matter what you hope to achieve, recognizing that you are making progress is an important step. There were many times when I wanted to throw my manuscript in the bin but I’m proud of myself for powering through the self-doubt until I arrived at the finish line. I’d like to end with another thank you to my delightful host, Sacha. Thank you for reading and be sure to check out the other host spots for more inspiration, motivation, and a sprinkle of fun. If you would like to read more about Shelley’s celebration techniques then take a look at her new release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, out now in paperback and eBook, and packed full of information on self-care, freeing yourself from fear, organizing your life, and much more. To buy How I Motivated Myself to Succeed AmazonCOM AmazonUK More About Shelley: Shelley is a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction. Her latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to her bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. She writes a personal development blog (www.motivatemenow.co.uk) as well as an author blog (www.shelleywilsonauthor.com) where she shares book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. Shelley was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and to scoop second place in the same category in 2017. She is a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, loves pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and has a slight obsession with list writing. You can find Shelley here: Website, Writing Blog , Motivational Blog, Twitter, Facebook YA, Non-Fiction You can also see more of Shelley’s fab tips on her blog tour here: So, are you a celebrator or an ignorer like me? Let Shelley know in the comments below.