The Simple Test That Will Tell You How Compelling Your First Chapter Is

If you think the first chapter of your novel could use some improvement, there’s one simple test that can tell you how to make it better. Kill the main character at the end of your first chapter. This will tell you how compelling your first chapter is. Write something like, “Jim slips off the bridge and falls to his death.”…

Terry’s August Newsletter

Here’s another watercolour newsletter this month! Here’s the link to the Writing Excuses podcast. That’s all this month. Enjoy the rest of the summer. From Terry! Subscribe to my email list to receive my newsletter and writing tips in your inbox.

This 15 Minute Writing Podcast is like Crack for Aspiring Authors.

I just came across a podcast that has helped me figure out my next step as an aspiring writer. I finished my first novel last October and have stopped querying agents after I got rejections from 47. I know there were a number of glaring flaws in my novel, but I was faced with the question: Do I…

Terry’s July Newsletter

This month I painted my email newsletter with watercolours! Click here to check out James Patterson’s Writing Master Class Click here to ready my story in Fiction Magazine’s New Realm Volume Click here to read my 13 sure-fire ways to avoid bees Subscribe to my emails (I promise I won’t use your email to create an…

7 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Novels that will make you rethink the Moon

Considering the moon moons us every night, I haven’t come across many cool moon concepts in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. But, here’s a list of some awesome writers who’ve completely re-thunk the moon and made it into a totally rad concept. 1. Roverandom -1925 J. R. R. Tolkien Imagine all the creatures from LOTR compressed into one place…

7 Dumb Things Fantasy Novels Should Stop Doing

1. The Name You Can’t Pronounce No, this isn’t he who shall not be named. This is that name you have no friggen clue how to say. It’s got twelve hyphens and six apostrophes with no vowels and two Q’s at the end. It’s names like, M’Tsluiqrth-Neiea, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Bene Tleilax, or Hermione (even JK Rowling had…

Six Amazingly Bizarre Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

You’re proud of reading strange fiction. When someone says, “I read this really weird book…” you immediately tune them out, because they’re peasants compared to what you’ve read. WELL THINK AGAIN, PEASANT! I bet your feet aren’t even wet in bizarre. If they were, you’d have already read everything on this list of godawful reviews of…

How An Unpublished Author Sold 3 Short Stories in 4 Months

Yo, it’s me. I’m the unpublished author from the title. And yes, I sold 3 short stories in 4 months. Red: Everyday Fiction Above Decks: Cast of Wonders (I even got, Staff Pick!) Rock Giant vs Unicorn: Fossil Lake All in all, I made about $30 for all 3, which of course isn’t much, but…