250 Words a Day in May: Unlocked

I did it.

I decided at the end of April that I wanted to write more during the week but I also knew how hectic my life is and how I’m really not in a ~writing mood~ after work. So, after a brief brainstorming session, I landed on 250 words a day in May. I’m currently working on Book Three of the Broken Chronicles (it’s an adult f/f fantasy about a scribe who gets kidnapped and must face her fears and her past in order to survive the ordeal), and 250 words seemed like a reasonable number to me. One that wasn’t overwhelming. May 1st came around and I hit the ground running on my goal, that whole week I wrote 250 words (or more!). I was feeling really good about myself, to be honest. But then life got even more crazy – my parents got a new puppy who needed SO MUCH ATTENTION, my day job got stressful, and I got a bunch of long edits and a manuscript edit that ate into my evening time.

But guess what?

I still wrote.

Begrudgingly, some days. It would be 9:30 at night after a freelance edit, I’d open the manuscript and gathering words to write down would be like capturing dandelion fluff. Elusive and tiring. I would count every single word and as soon as I’d hit 250, I’d close the computer.

Other times I’d get annoyed that I hadn’t given myself time and space to write more words. After all 250 words isn’t even a scene (not how I write scenes anyway, ha!) and it would be frustrating to stop at a moment I was excited about because I was tired and it was late and I really needed to go to bed.

Most of the time, though, words flowed from me. I penned more than 250 words nearly every day. (Mostly to finish a scene or conversation.)

May was a really, really long month. My dayjob was stressful, my freelance editing took up a few hours every night (and still does), and sometimes I just really didn’t want to write.

But I did it anyway.

And I made my goal of 250 Word a Day in May.

I did it!

And you know what? I actually wrote 23,750 words last month. 23,750 WORDS!

IT’S AMAZING!

I am so damn proud of myself for doing it. And it proved to me that I actually could do it, too, write during the week even with my other jobs.

So what’s my takeaway from this experiment? Set goals for yourself. You never know what you can achieve until you try! Sappy? Yeah. But true? Hell yeah.

QUESTION: Has anyone else tried this type of goal out? If so, how’d it go? Did you reach the word count?

Hope you have a lovely rest of the week!
Warm regards,
Kellie

National Space Day? How about some space books!

Hi everyone,

It’s National Space Day! A day to celebrate the universe we live in and inspire us to pursue knowledge and progress. Originally started in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a one-off, it was late expanded, celebrated, and turned into an annual event. I wanted to celebrate, too!

And what better way is a book nerd to celebrate? BY SHOUTING ABOUT ALL THE SPACE BOOKS, OF COURSE! (Including mine, ahem.)

I’m actually reading a really great space novel right now The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. She’s one of my favorite authors and this book doesn’t disappoint. I’ve always loved her character building, quiet queerness, and intertwined stories. If you want to dive into Chambers’ work but don’t want to read the whole Wayfarer series, she also has an excellent novella To Be Taught, If Fortunate. I also just finished reading Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir last winter. Late to that party, I know, but snarky characters and lesbian necromancers in space? Hell yeah.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

I’m still reeling about the fact that my scifi book – Finding Hekate – came out four years ago, and it’s a completed duology with Losing Hold. It’s a high action, character-driven story with a hunted-becomes-the-hunter mentality, featuring broken characters, siblings, a queer romantic relationship, and one of the most fun antiheros I’ve ever written. PLUS, it’s also a SPAAAAACE story!

It’s been a while since I highlighted my scifi books, so I thought today would be the perfect day to celebrate the found family, at-each-other’s-throats, friends-to-lovers crew of the Eclipse. Here are some fast facts about each of them!

Mia Foley
Age: 25
Looks: Short red hair, blue eyes, tan
Function on the Eclipse: Captain
Best Personality Trait: Clever
Worst Personality Trait: Cowardly
Favorite Color: Black
Weapon of Choice: Daggers
Hobby: Crafting

Cassidy Gates
Age: 25
Looks: Brown hair with colorful accents, brown eyes, hella pale skin
Function on the Eclipse: First mate and gunner
Best Personality Trait: Cheerful
Worst Personality Trait: Ignorant
Favorite Color: Orange
Weapon of Choice: Wrist knife
Hobby: Baking

Jeff Dee
Age: 24
Looks: Buzzed dark hair, green eyes, dark skin
Function on the Eclipse: Navigator and engineer
Best Personality Trait: Determined
Worst Personality Trait: Quick to anger
Favorite Color: Dark green
Weapon of Choice: Words
Hobby: Writing

Will Dee
Age: 24
Looks: Shaggy, dark hair, green eyes, dark skin
Function on the Eclipse: Pilot
Best Personality Trait: Loyal
Worst Personality Trait: Speaks without thinking
Favorite Color: Dark blue
Weapon of Choice: Humor
Hobby: Building bombs

That’s my crew! It was a lifetime ago, but I had such an amazing time writing this story. Mia was one of the first characters who really spoke to me, and while her story started as a short story for undergrad, it supernova-ed into the best damn duology this side of the midnight sun. (IMHO, of course.)

The best part is, if you’re wanting to purchase it, it’s ON SALE on the DPP website and so are all the other fabulous books. Use the code 10DPP to get a 10% discount!

So Happy National Space Day, everyone. Now go make this book nerd proud by blasting off with one of these amazing reads.
Warm regards,
Kellie

When Giveaways Fail: Three Lessons Learned

Hi everyone!

When I started writing today’s blog, I was a little depressed. I recently got my author copies of CURLING VINES & CRIMSON TRADES. I was (and still am) super excited about that. The book was published in November 2020 and I’ve been doing a lot of events and promotion and networking to get my book out in the world, and I feel like I’m doing a good job at that. Last week I had announced a giveaway on all my main social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and each post had asked the participants to do certain things in order to enter the giveaway and meet my goals. I posted the giveaway announcements on the same day (4/3) and gave everyone a week to participate, saying the deadline was 4/9 and announcements would happen on 4/10.

For Facebook, I wanted some more followers so I asked my fans to follow and tag a friend in the comments. I had hoped it would’ve sparked some more followers and engagement.

For Instagram, I also wanted some more followers so I asked my fans to follow and tag a friend in the comments. I had hoped it would’ve sparked some more followers and engagement here too.

For Twitter, I just wanted to expand my reach a little bit on the platform and asked folks to follow and retweet in order to enter.

I reposted the announcement about the giveaway multiple times throughout the week in my feeds and in the Stories feature in hopes to generate more interest, as well as pinning it to the top of my FB and Twitter accounts. I didn’t do this every single day, but I thought I did it enough without being too pushy. The giveaway officially ended yesterday.

Today, as you may have noticed if there’s a calendar nearby, is 4/10.

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT DAY!

Super exciting, right?

Well, not as exciting as I had hoped. First, the good news. My Twitter giveaway worked, and I saw an increase of followers and RTs! I just announced the giveaway winner this morning, and I’m really happy with my small uptick.

The bad news…the Facebook and Instagram ones failed, completely. I generated some likes/hearts but no one commented/tagged a friend, so no one officially entered the giveaway.

So…at first I was disappointed. Obviously. Why would people not want to win free books? In both cases, I asked participants to follow my account and tag a friend in the comments. It would take less than a minute to do that probably, so why did folks not do it? Was my post not interesting enough? Was the review hook I chose not gripping? Was the giveaway deadline too short, perhaps?

After some thinking, researching into my last giveaways that were much more successful, and many cups of tea, here’s what I’ve learned.

  1. Giveaways should be a little longer. In the past I’ve always stuck with a two-week long deadline from the moment I post the giveaway announcement. I was SUPER EXCITED about having my books in so I wanted this to go a bit faster because I assumed other people would be more excited about it, too, and participate immediately. Obviously, that didn’t happen. The two weeks would give my post some breathing room, because honestly I probably needed more time to push it out to my social media networks.
  2. Cut down on the participants’ job to enter the giveaway. I feel like because I don’t have many followers, I shouldn’t have made the ask so large. TBH I don’t feel like it was ~that~ large of an ask, but perhaps I could have gotten more engagement if I only asked for one thing, instead of two. (For example, simply “like” this post instead of “follow and comment.”)
  3. My own engagement is lacking on certain platforms. Guess which two that is? This one is a big one that I realized. I’m on Twitter a lot. I like the conversations on there and the hashtag games and the publishing posts. I like to RT my fellow authors and I’m just much more engaged on that platform. So it makes sense that my Twitter post would pull more participants in. On Facebook and Instagram, I’m not! It’s that simple. I post on my Facebook Author page and Instagram every week (multiple times a week usually) but I don’t participate in conversations as much on there. And I think that’s a big reason why those two giveaways failed! It’s because I don’t put in the work to make my social media platforms more engaging, certainly not as much time as I had in the past when I did my other giveaways. It’s been flagging over the years and I know it.

While the avid reader in me is still a bit shocked that my free book giveaway didn’t entirely work, I’m glad to learn these lessons and will keep them in mind for next time. I’ll have to think about my Facebook Author page and Instagram to see how I’d like to beef those two social media profiles up so any future giveaways won’t fail so hard.

Until then, I’ll shout about my book in other ways and will plan for more giveaways in the future! For example, if you missed the giveaway and would like to order my book, you can get a 10% discount of CV&CT over on Desert Palm Press.

Have a lovely Saturday, everyone!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Common Mistakes When Writing Queer Female Protagonists

Hi everyone! I participated in the Rainbow Space Magic 2.0 conference this weekend, and it was fabulous. Bright and early Saturday morning (6AM, Alaska represent!) I sat on a panel about Writing Queer Female Protagonists with Olivia Wylie, Antonia Aquilante, Adrian J. Smith, and Melodie Romeo, and while we chatted about our favorite character archetypes and what kinds of characters we’d like to see (and are actively writing) in the future, one thing we we missed talking about was the mistakes we’ve seen when writing queer female protagonists. It was a question asked in the chat and the 50 minutes we had went by SO FAST that we just didn’t get to it.

But it’s a really good question! And I do want to answer it.

So, here are some common mistakes I’ve seen others make when writing queer female protagonists, and writing queer stories in general.

Writers Who Don’t Break Past the Stereotypes
There are so many stereotypes when it comes to queer characters, especially women. The most prevalent ones I see are all bisexuals are promiscuous, all lesbians are predatory and/or hate men, all lesbians are masculine, and all transgender women are drag queens. It’s…an issue. Because none of those stereotypes are true for everyone! Yes, some bi folk are promiscuous and maybe some lesbians really like being masculine, but not all of them! Putting your main female characters into these stereotypes not only put that wrong idea out there more often but can also hurt the queer community. And it’s boring! To become better writers, break past those stereotypes.

Always Sticking with the Coming Out Story
Coming out is a big deal. It will always be a big deal, and some stories should center around this monumental time in a character’s life. Reading that, especially as a kid or teenager or hell even an adult, might make the experience feel more valid and might give confidence to those who are struggling with telling people. It’s a good thing to write about. But not all queer stories have to be – or should be – about that event. Your queer female protagonist doesn’t have to showcase that in order to be queer. There’s more to queer characters than coming out, there’s more story to their lives than just that occasion, and there’s more queer characters can give to the story than just being queer. So write beyond that. Write queer female protagonists who are confident in themselves and their sexuality, who have adventures and loves and heartbreak. Who have rich and complex backstories.

There’s Only One Queer Person
So having a female queer protagonist is amaaaaazing! But having her/them be the only queer person in the whole book isn’t realistic. Why? Because there’s more than one queer person in our world right now and as a writer, you’d want to make your world as realistic as possible. And because queer people flock together. We like having people around us who understand what we’re going through and will celebrate our successes. Friends like that are important! Having your queer female protagonist have a queer friend (or a group of friends) to bounce ideas off of, to clash with, the spar with is key to writing an authentic queer main character.

Queer Characters Die
Just…stop. Queer characters should have happy endings, okay? This is more so in the general sense of writing queer characters, instead of the more specific queer female protagonist idea, but I had to include it. That’s not to say that queer characters have ~Plot Amor~ or that nothing terrible can happen. Terrible things should happen and the queer female protagonist has to surmount those terrible things. But there’s a long history of queer characters being killed off and we have to move past that as a society. It undermines the idea that queer characters (and queer people) can have happy endings. Sometimes it’s known as “burying your gays.” And just…stop.

Okay, I could probably go on about other common mistakes I’ve seen about writing queer female characters, but I have to stop somewhere. Basically, write those protagonists just as you would write any protagonist. Spend time with them. Give them complex backstories, lovers, motivations, and goals. Give them flaws. If you need inspiration, read stories that have queer female protagonists – any of the Desert Palm Press books, mine, a lot of the Rainbow Space Magic 2.0 novels, and even in the mainstream like Gideon the Ninth, Addie LaRue, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

I want to hear from you, too. What are some mistakes you’ve seen when writing queer female protagonists? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a lovely day!
Warm regards,
Kellie

RSM 2.0 Announcement

Hi there,

I can’t believe it’s already March! Where did the first two months of 2021 go? I hope it’s been treating you well thus far. (As if anything is normal since the pandemic is still raging but at least there are vaccines on the horizon!) As for me, I’ve been busy writing book three of the Broken Chronicles and shouting about my newest release CURLING VINES & CRIMSON TRADES. I had a few literary events—my author event in January and the Evil Expo Online in February—and I have a few more coming up that I wanted to chat about, including one this month!

The next event I’m going to be on is Rainbow Space Magic 2.0! Happening on March 12-14, Rainbow Space Magic (RSM) is a celebration of all things LGBTQIA+ science fiction and fantasy. It’s a virtual conference which allows networking and conversations by and for the queer community. There’s going to be panels and workshops and even a Discord! It should be pretty fun.

RSM 2021 is open for registration, and it’s free Here’s the full schedule!

I’m really looking forward to the panel and the reading/Q&A event. The Writing Queer Female Protagonists panel speaks to my main characters and what I want my impact to be on the literary community. I’m looking forward to connecting with the other panelists, too, and we get to create our own questions so that’ll be fascinating. It’ll be a bright-and-early 6AM panel for me here in Alaska so I’ll definitely be making some tea. For the Reading/Q&A, I’ll read a snippet from CV&CT, probably a quiet scene between Orenda and Noss. I actually have the perfect one in mind, but I haven’t read it out-loud before so I’ll have to prep it ahead of the event.

Here’s that info:
– Writing Queer Female Protagonists panel | Sat. March 13 | 6AM AKT
– Readings & Author Q&A | Sat. March 13 | 3PM AKT

I hope to see you all at RSM. Fuzzy pajamas and tea included. 😊

I have a couple of other panels and conferences down the road—there’s a Queer Identity and Affinity Panel with Ooligan Press and Evil Expo Summer that I’m looking forward to—and I’m waiting to hear back from the Imaginarium Convention 2021, FIYAHCON 2021, and OutWrite 2021.

If you know of any writing/literary/geeky conferences in 2021 I should be a part of OR if you’re running a conference I should be a part of, let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely rest of your day!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Meet My Traveling Group!

Happy 2021, everyone! I hope this year is going well thus far and you’re safe and happy. For the first blogpost of the new year, I’ve decided to dive into my fantasy world once again and introduce the main characters of Curling Vines & Crimson Trades!

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ORENDA SILVERSTONE

Orenda Silverstone is my main character and whose journey we’re following in this novel. She’s a rare-good trader and has a stellar reputation.

Here’s a closeup of the commission I got from Jhoanne Castro of Orenda!

Weapon of Choice: Gorgeous sword, hand-made by her parents. Burnt orange, paper-thin blade etched with Elu runes, the pommel wrapped around her hand in an intricate way, a blue-black crystal inset in the pommel.
Race + Crafting Color: Elu + Blue
Fun Fact: Her job takes her to many locations and cities across the lands and she enjoys being on the move, but home is where her heart is. She loves and worships two things: her goddess and her wife. The moon goddess Aluriah speaks to her, which was fun to showcase throughout the story. You’ll also meet Noss, Orenda’s wife!
Looks: She has really dark skin and is super short. She’s thick, has bushy curly black hair and pale green eyes. She normally wears scaled black armor, a blue shirt that peeks through and dark pants underneath, as well as super thick boots to protect her feet from all the walking her job as a trader demands.

LAN & LYRA PYER

Lan and Lyra Pyer are twin thieves in my world who steal more than trinkets. Orenda meets them in Chapter Three.


Lan Pyer
Weapon of Choice: He doesn’t really like fighting, though if he does snap, he uses his hands and his crafting.
Race + Crafting Color: Divus + White
Fun Fact: He’s a woodturner! He’s proud of his wood shop –Lan’s Luxurious Lumber—and he uses a pole-lathe to turn the wooden pieces, as well as carving tools for smaller details. Both enjoy SUPER sour fruits from their islands.
Looks: They look pretty similar—long thin blond hair, bright glowing golden eyes, thin near translucent skin, white blood, thin bodies, sharp smiles—and wear common Divus clothing—tight-fitting layered clothing of dark blue and gray colors, scarves—but they also wear fitted liquid-like scaled armor.

Lyra Pyer
Weapon of Choice: Daggers. All the daggers.
Race + Crafting Color: Divus + White
Fun Fact: She fell into the shop-keeping business but discovered she enjoyed the shadows more so she’s mostly in charge of the under-the-counter smuggling/thieving business. Both enjoy SUPER sour fruits from their islands.
Looks: They look pretty similar—long thin blond hair, bright glowing golden eyes, thin near translucent skin, white blood, thin bodies, sharp smiles—and wear common Divus clothing—tight-fitting layered clothing of dark blue and gray colors, scarves—but they also wear fitted liquid-like scaled armor.

Jax’ehra Nalinine

Jax is Orenda’s best friend and a trader herself, specializing in large game and hunting. It’s not uncommon to see Jax hauling live dragons through Marion proper.

Weapon of Choice: Metallic staff
Race + Crafting Color: Elu + Blue
Fun Fact: She knows sign language because her younger brother, Jimael, is deaf. It’s something she taught to Orenda during their childhood so Orenda and Jimael can chat. Not many people know this silent language though, so Jax likes how special it makes them.
Looks: She’s got lighter skinned and tiny ears, as well as super curly white hair and orange eyes. She’s short and thicccc (note all the c’s). She wears soft brown clothing with green wyvern scaled armor on top.

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And there you go! I had a great time creating these characters and they clash beautifully within the story—especially Orenda and Lyra. I’m always curious about this so if you’ve read CV&CT or any of my novels, which character is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

And if you want your very own ~Character Card of Orenda Silverstone~ send proof of purchase of CV&CT and your mailing address to this email, and I’ll send you one in the mail. The card is on high quality glossy paper, and I’ll write a personalized message on the back!

Hope you have a lovely rest of the week!
Warm regards,
Kellie

A Random Wednesday Post Appears: December Madness

December is a hectic month for the Doherty household, starting with Thanksgiving in late November and blazing through until January 4. We’ve already celebrated a few, but our holidays include the following:

  • Thanksgiving – end of November
  • Jess’ birthday – Dec. 5
  • Mom’s birthday – Dec. 10
  • Dad’s birthday – Dec. 24
  • Christmas – Dec. 25
  • New Years Eve/Day – Dec. 31/Jan. 2
  • My birthday – Jan. 4

So the month is literally full of cake and ice cream and presents.

I T ‘ S W O N D E R F U L

But it also goes by SO FAST that sometimes I forget to celebrate the smaller things that happen, too, like how Sox learned a new trick (she can high five!) and how both my cats ~ Raven and Cinder ~ curl up on me at night after work and while work might be stressful I know I’m helping a lot of people right now and that should be highlighted too.

Oh yeah, and I’m also SHOUTING ABOUT MY NEW ADULT F/F FANTASY BOOK – Curling Vines & Crimson Trades – because that came out too!!! You can purchase the book in lots of online retailers like Desert Palm Press, Barnes & Noble, Bella Books, Amazon (ebook and paperback), Smashwords, Bookshop.org, and other bookstores soon! You can even add the book to your Goodreads and check it out on Scribd.com! (Books make good gifts, so if you know of a fantasy lover, or someone who wants to see badass swordswomen, or your fabulous queer friend needs a queer read, get them a copy too!)

CV&CT’s book birthday is on November 30th so I’ll have to add that into the December madness month next year and all the years after. And, friends and fellow adventurers that means I’ll have YET ANOTHER cake (or probably a cookie) this month. Plus, it’s pretty awesome that I have my second fantasy book out (and fourth book published). It’s a lot to celebrate in one month!

How are YOU celebrating this month?

Happy holidays!
Warm regards,
Kellie

All About CV&CT Preorder Gifts

Hi there and Happy Saturday!

This week has been a whirlwind of Thanksgiving prep ~ planning, purchasing, cooking, cleaning, EATING which is the best part, chatting with extended family which is also pretty cool ~ and that’s not even talking about my dayjob. Work has been really busy, friends.

And on top of all that, I’ve been shouting about my preorder campaign for CURLING VINES & CRIMSON TRADES.

The crazy thing, my preorder campaign closes at 11:59 Sunday night ~ TOMORROW NIGHT ~ in preparation for the launch of CV&CT on Monday, November 30! WHICH IS SO CLOSE I COULD LITERALLY START DANCING RIGHT NOW!

And you should be dancing too, because you still have two whole days to purchase your ebook version during my preorder campaign. The ebook is at a discounted price right now and if you follow my preorder campaign instructions, you can get the following gifts mailed right to your house!

And you know what the best part of this is? I DESIGNED ALL OF THIS STUFF. My master’s degree in book publishing is shining through, eh? Eh?

For the bookmark, I used Rachel George Illustration’s cover design. I modeled it off of the SUNKISSED FEATHERS & SEVERED TIES bookmark from last year so they’re consistent. I’m thrilled with how the colors came out.

For the bookplate, I used Adobe Illustrator to create the vine image at the bottom (which took like three hours), created a super simple crescent shape, and then found a typeface that looked nice with everything.

For the character card, I used character artwork I had commissioned from Jhoanne Castro to feature Orenda Silverstone. She’s my main character for CV&CT so I wanted to highlight her.

A CV&CT Bookmark, designed from the cover by Rachel George Illustrations!
A CV&CT-inspired Bookplate!
A Character Card, artwork designed by Jhoanne Castro!

Pretty cool, right? HELL YES! There’s also a grand prize for one lucky winner.

One funny thing is that I’ve been shouting about the preorder campaign, and I brainstormed the gifts and designed them and got them shipped here…but I didn’t realize until this weekend that I’d also need to get envelopes to ship the prizes out.

Envelopes!!

THAT’S what I forgot. So…yeah, I need to get some of those. Wish me luck, eh? Oh, and remember books make lovely gifts, too! Preorder for an ebook or wait until November 30th for a physical copy.

TWO MORE DAYS!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Curling Vines & Crimson Trades HYPE

Curling Vines & Crimson Trades comes out on November 30!!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT.

THIS MONTH.

20 DAYS AWAY!

I’m pretty much this guy:

Soooo yeah, that’s happening and I’m thrilled and nervous and excited and hoping that people will enjoy the story that I worked really hard on and am so damn proud of.

In case you didn’t know, Curling Vines & Crimson Trades is a queer adult fantasy centered on a rare goods trader named Orenda whose wife gets kidnapped and she has to complete some nearly impossible tasks and trades in order to get her back. The problem is, her best friend also has a list, and her final job is to kill Orenda.

The story features a swordswoman with broken magic, thieving twins who steal more than trinkets, and best friends who try to kill one another. It has themes of trust, reconnecting with something once lost, and learning how to speak when others want to silence you.

Keep an eye on my social media for more cool updates about the upcoming launch. Exciting things will be happening.

In fact, some of the exciting things are happening RIGHT NOW.

You can now read a sneak peek of Chapter One on my website!!

And I’m doing a Cobalt Celebration over on my Instagram in honor of Orenda’s crafting color so be sure to check that out, too.

AWESOME, RIGHT? Hell yeah!

(See how I did that.)

And hey, if you’re interested in receiving an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review, would like to interview me, or want me to write a guest post for your blog, please fill out this Google form. I’d love to chat.

Thanks!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Book Recommendation: Writing Aid Edition

Book Recommendation:Writing Aid Edition
Save the Cat! Writes A Novel

Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 “beats” (plot points) that comprise a successful story–from the opening image to the finale–this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate–and a novel that will sell.

This book is often recommended for fixing plots and I was struggling with my new work-in-progress so I decided to try it out. While it had some issues and I couldn’t connect with every Brody suggested, I really appreciated the examples in the second half of the book that clearly detailed what was talked about in the first half. Give it a try!

Hope you have a fabulous week!
Warm regards,
Kellie