A chilling cohort of soul-devouring wraiths has risen from the netherworld to crack open the final seal of the apocalypse scroll and bring the world to a fiery end.
To keep the scroll out of their clutches, Dru must solve a 2,000-year-old magical mystery, find a city lost in the netherworld, and unearth a crystal older than the Earth itself.
Can she elude the forces of darkness long enough to save her friends and safeguard the scroll forever—before the undead break the seventh seal and bring on doomsday?
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When considering who gives out the best writing advice in the world, the first name that pops up might not be Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But a decade ago, Schwarzenegger presented his “6 Rules of Success” in a now-famous commencement speech at the University of Southern California.
And these rules just might hold the key to your success as a writer.
Has your writing fallen into a black hole?
Has your pacing dropped to a crawl, or your suspense become a snore?
Do you just feel stuck?
You might be sabotaging your own writing without even knowing it.
But don’t panic. Here’s how to avoid the four most perilous pitfalls of writing.
When a character in your story speaks a foreign language, should you write it out in that language, or in English?
How can you make the dialogue sound exotic without confusing the reader?
These are tricky questions.
Foreign languages can lend your characters and locations a more exotic flair, and even increase the dramatic tension in a scene.
But before you start sprinkling a certain je ne sais quoi into your prose, understand that you have four options.
A reporter recently interviewed me about how to be more organized. Which I secretly found funny, because I don’t feel particularly organized. At all. And yet people frequently tell me that I am the most organized person they know.
Pfft. Obviously, they don’t know the real me, right? Just because I color-code my file folders, divide my work into 30-minute increments, and constantly update the lists I keep of my other lists . . .
You know what? Maybe I am more organized than I think.
Anyway, here are my top three tips: Continue reading
The Pomodoro Technique is deceptively simple.
Set a timer for half an hour or so, ignore all distractions, and focus on your work.
On the surface, it seems far too simple to be effective.
But it does work. Amazingly well.
In fact, I can pinpoint the exact moment my novel-writing career took off a few years ago. It happened right after I adopted the Pomodoro Technique.
Once I started using a timer, eliminating distractions, and tracking my results, everything changed. Continue reading
Theme seems to be one of those angst-triggering bogeymen that writers constantly wrestle with. But when you examine it closely, there’s really nothing complicated about it. Theme is simply the lesson the main character learns over the course of the story.
(Or, in the case of a tragic ending, the lesson they failed to learn.)
Every story, from the silliest comedy to the deepest work of literature, delivers a moral message on some level. It basically says “life is like this.”
Think about some of the most famous movie quotes of all time:
“There’s no place like home.”
“Greed is good.”
“Use the Force, Luke.”
All of those quotes point directly toward the theme of the story. Continue reading
A wicked enchantress has stolen an amulet that will destroy the world in 24 hours. Unless Dru and her sorcerer friends can get it back, the seas will boil, the stars will fall from the sky, and the earth itself will split apart. Overall, bad news.
To make things worse, Dru’s half-demon boyfriend Greyson and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them?
As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-octane chase with a pack of killer shape-shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and the most powerful speed demon on Earth.
Can Dru unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters, and find the amulet before the dawn of doomsday?
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COMING SOON: Forever and a Doomsday (Dru Jasper #4) is now available for preorder!
Have you ever sat down to write, and found that everything you wrote seemed terrible?
Every writer has felt that way, at one time or another.
Here’s the uncomfortable truth about those critical thoughts: they can actually help you become a better writer.
But only if you know how to recognize those thoughts for what they are, and then train yourself to have them at the right time.
There are two sides to your creative process.
The creative side of your writing process helps you get the rough draft down on paper.
The critical side, on the other hand, helps you revise and polish the final draft.
In order to be write, you actually need both of these very different thought patterns in your head. You just can’t have them at exactly the same time. Continue reading