Wulf Pack Writers Group Member Shares the Secrets That Moved Him From Unpublished Writer to Pro Career Writer

Two years ago on this very day, Wulf Pack Writers Tier Patreon member David J. Hankins saw a story of his published for the very first time. Before he joined my writing group that I host on Discord, David was an unpublished writer for years, wondering what he needed to do to turn the tables.

And then he took my KYD Kill Your Darlings Masterclass. I watched him write a story in this class based on following the specific phases of my exercise, and when he read the result out loud, I knew he had a winner and told him to complete the exercise and send it out. I was certain it would be his first sale, and indeed it was.

Since then, David has had many stories published and has won multiple awards, including the prestigious global talent search for aspiring speculative writers: Writers of the Future.

Do you aspire to enjoy greater success with your writing? Then listen to David by clicking HERE as he shares what worked for him to go from unpublished writer to professional career writer and now a novelist in record time.

Preorder his upcoming book, Death and the Taxman. And then take my on-demand KYD Masterclass. Your writing career will be glad you did. 😊

My Latest Super Secrets Article on the Power of Neutral Internal Character Arcs

Super Secrets of Writing and roller coasters

My latest Super Secrets of Writing article is hot off the digital press at DreamForge Magazine of Science and Fantasy Fiction! It’s part of a series where I explore internal character arcs and how you can use them to create award-winning stories. Did you know that some stories don’t require the hero to grow and change? Discover the power of neutral character arcs and why they work with some of your favorite iconic heroes! Free to read by clicking the link! Part of the provisions I create to share knowledge to help writers advance!

Here’s the editor’s comments on the article:


“In this article, Wulf Moon delves into the core of narrative power. Unpacking a concept at the heart of storytelling, this article continues the exploration of the three fundamental character arcs —positive, neutral, and negative— revealing how they shape the emotional rollercoaster that captivates audiences and breathes life into tales across genres.”

https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/dreamforge/stories/show/wulf-moons-super-secrets-neutral-character-arc-when-nothing-is-everything

“Precious Treasure” to be Published in WINK: An Anthology with Seven NYT Bestselling Authors

I’m thrilled to announce my story “Precious Treasure” will be published in WINK, an anthology that “winks” at your favorite childhood classics! Edited by Henry Herz, published by Brigids Gate Press, the e-book and trade paperback are now available for pre-order!

Here’s the publisher’s first news release and reveal of the stellar author lineup for this project! “A YA contemporary fantasy/sci-fi anthology winking at classic children’s stories. The rockstar author lineup includes seven NY Times bestsellers: James Aquilone, Kendare Blake, Leah Cypess, Stacia Deutsch, David Gerrold, Tara Gilboy, Henry Herz, Nancy Holder, Alethea Kontis, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Wulf Moon, Henry Neff, Alex Shvartsman, Maggie Stiefvater. Cover by Abigail Larson. Story illustrations by Adam Gustavson.”

These stories will be SO MUCH FUN! They WINK at those childhood tales you’ve come to know and love, enhancing what might have been as they take you on a fresh new adventure. With a list of top-shelf authors like this, you know the book will be radiant with high caliber stories, each a wonderfully creative read to warm your heart and shiver your timbers! Don’t miss out. Pre-order today and feed your inner child!

“Clever and pithy children’s classics turned upside-down, WINK is a true delight.”
—Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of Damsel

Click HERE to pre-order the e-book!

Click HERE to pre-order the paperback!

Coming Soon! A New Super Secrets of Writing Article!

I hope you’re reading DreamForge Magazine. It’s a wonderful magazine filled with positive speculative fiction stories radiating hope. The editor is also highly focused on helping emerging writers, as am I. So my Super Secrets of Writing articles have been a natural fit with their magazine ever since they invited me to write features for them. In fact, The Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing workbook I produced through my publishing company is based on these articles and the beautiful illustrations they created for them at DreamForge! (Don’t you love the robots in these illustrations? So cute!)

I’ve been doing a series lately on internal character arcs–the emotional transformation a character goes through as they face the external challenges of the plot in the story. But did you know there’s another type of arc where no transformation in the protagonist is necessary? It’s true! You’ll find neutral character arcs in many popular stories, especially detective and spy novels. But even some major literary classics utilize the neutral internal character arc. How do you make this arc work? Isn’t it a rule that a character must change by the end of a story? Well, like they say, every rule is made to be broken!

Read my latest Super Secrets article to add this powerful tool to your writing toolbox. The new issue of DreamForge is planned for publication on March 15th! The illustration above is your teaser of what’s to come. Every issue is free to read online, but if you like their cause, why not subscribe to keep small presses like DreamForge alive? DreamForge is worthy of our support. Below is the link to enjoy the beautiful magazine they produce! And you can catch other Super Secrets of Writing articles there in the back issues! Enjoy!

Read DreamForge by clicking HERE!

Wulf Moon’s Writing Articles to be Published in STORY UNLIKELY Magazine!

Story Unlikely is a professional e-zine with 9,000 readers and growing. They did this miracle in just over one year now. They publish all genres, but what makes them unique is that their stories all have a literary edge. Great story combined with great prose is a must to be published by them. But where do you learn the skills necessary to break into this market?

How about right inside the magazine itself? You don’t get to be a successful heavyweight boxer without working out in the gym. And you won’t succeed without having a great trainer that’s “learned the ropes” to keep you from pulling your punches and instead, going for the one-two knockout.

That’s why there’s a new feature in Story Unlikely called “The Writer’s Gym.” And I’ve been hired to write four of my Super Secrets of Writing articles a year to help you hit the target and stop striking the air. I told you this was coming. Well, now it’s here.

This first article is direct from a chapter in my book, How to Write a Howling Good Story. It’s titled, “The Importance of a Logline.” If you don’t have the book yet (welcome back to planet Earth, how was your trip?), here’s a way to get a tasty appetizer. Why did the editor start with a known quantity? Because he read the book and LOVES it. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he wrote last month in his magazine. Trust me, it’s a big deal when an editor endorses a book in their magazine, and then tells all his readers to go buy it. Here’s what Danny Hankner wrote:

“I’ve been writing for two decades now, and to say I’ve read my share of stories and novels, articles and books on writing, would be an understatement. The problem with the latter is that so many fail to heed their own advice, and at some point, you simply grow tired of listening to authors bore you to death with their inability to communicate how they do what they do, or (worse) don’t really care about teaching you anything. For many, it’s simply another money grab leveraged by their recognizable name.

“And so its with this backdrop that I can honestly say that How to Write a Howling Good Story, by Wulf Moon, is a refreshing, delightful break from the monotony. From the cover design to the very last words, it’s evident that Moon is not only a talented and experienced writer, but an artist who values his craft, infuses his heart and soul into a project, and delivers in a way that only a master of the craft and a gifted teacher could.

“The content is top notch, from story structure to writing mechanics and pro tips he’s learned along the way, and yet as rich as the material is, Moon masterfully weaves in stories of his own, hooking you in from the very opening and never dialing back his engaging style and enjoyable wit. This is the only book on writing, by the way (at least that I can recall), that’s had me laughing out loud: Oh, the scrolls that can fill all the rotten names ever conjured by new authors! Oh, the humanity of Bob, as you know! Don’t get what I’m talking about? Then read the book and have a good laugh (or change your ways, you darling offender =)).

“For the longest time, there’s only been one book I’ve recommended to new writers – Getting the Words Right, by Theodore Rees Cheney. Well, now I’ve got two. And I’ll go even one farther by saying simply that this is the best book on writing I’ve ever read.

“So, who should read this book? Everyone who wants to improve their craft. Not only will this be the North Star that I point every emerging writer to, but even experienced authors as well – for example, Moon’s concepts he calls Heart’s Desire and Magic Sword are two that I’ve never heard before, and those alone are worth the ticket price of the book. Besides, has any among us ever truly ‘arrived’? Are we not better off continuing to learn and grow?

“If your answer is yes, then you know what to do next. CLICK HERE to buy the book. And after you’ve consumed the text and leveled up your writing game, give Moon a shout of praise – I suspect even a simple howl will suffice.

Danny Hankner

“Editor-in-chief”

I was stunned when I opened my issue and saw this in the material. I didn’t know the editor was going to write a review and place it in his magazine. Nor did I expect him to come to me after and offer me professional rate to write articles on writing for his magazine. But here we are, and I’m happy that two professional magazines are now featuring my Super Secrets of Writing articles. In fact, DreamForge is publishing a fresh article tomorrow in their free online magazine. If you enjoyed my last article on positive internal character arcs using George McFly from Back to the Future, you’ll learn even more on the topic of internal arcs in this article. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, go sign up for the Story Unlikely e-zine. It comes to you via email, and that part is free. But do consider subscribing to the full meal deal. Danny does keep his best stuff behind his paywall, and he gives many bonuses to subscribing members when it comes to sending him story submissions. Money well spent! And you’ll get full access to my fresh writing articles to come!

Thank you for supporting my writing, and for supporting publishers that are doing their best to support you while bringing you quality stories to help you escape to other worlds. I love supporting magazines that support emerging writers. We all need that break, and magazines like Story Unlikely and DreamForge provide wonderful opportunities for writers like you and me.

Here’s where you can read the Story Unlikely article: Click HERE!

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

P.S.: If you don’t have my bestselling book How to Write a Howling Good Story, what are you waiting for? It’s HALF OFF right now at Smashwords for just a few more days! Get some! Click HERE for the e-book! Today only $4.99! Or message me to order your signed print copy in trade paperback or hardcover! Cheers!