HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY: Six Months Straight on Bestseller Lists!

Something to howl about! It’s the six month anniversary of my book! ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ was published by Mark Lefebvreโ€™s Stark Publishing Solutions on November 7, 2023. Over six months out and itโ€™s still a bestseller!ย Bestselling writer/educator Joanna Penn told me this is amazing, which felt really good coming from someone of her caliber.

Itโ€™s been on Amazonโ€™s Top 100 Best Sellers list in Fiction Writing books almost the entire timeโ€”it hit #13 last Sunday, and this list is filled with famous writing books by icons like Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. It actually made #1 New Release in Fiction Writing books on Amazon before it released (Iโ€™ve never seen that before) and remained #1 New Release in fiction writing books for most of six weeks. It made Draft2Digitalโ€™s Top 25 Weekly Bestsellers list of all their nonfiction titles (not just creative writing books) six times since release (it made their Top 25 list last week again), and has remained a Smashwords Bestseller in Creative Writing books the entire six months.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ was also my first Kickstarter campaign, which funded at over $21,000. And in the Critters Readersโ€™ Choice Awards, it won Best Nonfiction Book of 2023. Thatโ€™s not easy to winโ€”thousands from around the world vote in those awards and thereโ€™s always bestselling writers among the nominees.

So at this six month milestone, Iโ€™d like to thank Mark Leslie Lefebvre for all of his great advice and belief in my book, Kevin J. Anderson for including me in his 2023 Novel Writing Tools Story Bundle, and all that have believed in this project and have supported what Iโ€™m trying to doโ€”to help emerging writers have an easier go of it as they stay the course, apply straightforward fundamentals, and succeed in getting successfully published. And if they can win a few awards using this book (and they have!) all the better.

Thank you if you supported this project! It’s now helped thousands of writers. If you’ve just dropped by and would like a copy to see what all the buzz is about, here’s the link! Don’t miss out! This book has changed destinies and it can change yours, too!

GET YOURS HERE! https://books2read.com/howlinggoodstory

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

A NEW On-Demand Webinar to Help YOU Stick Your Landings!

๐๐„๐– ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐˜๐Ž๐”! A fresh on-demand writing class in Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets of Writing Teachable School!

๐’๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐ : ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐„๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐“๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž

Have you seen Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ moves at the end of a perfect balance beam routine? That final flourish combined with her shining smile caps the moment as she lands, signaling to the judges that this routine soared from start to finish. When a gymnast sticks their landing, every part of the routine comes to a head in that moment, and the crowd roars at the satisfying conclusion.

The same is true with our stories. Every element of a tale must be in perfect balance, but the last thing read leaves the final impression. Fail to stick your landing, and the entire tale unravels. What had appeared effortless and entrancing suddenly falls short and stumbles.

Have you wished you could stick your landings like a gold medal gymnast? Would you like to write a final scene that makes your readers swoon? Or a poignant closing moment that brings a tear to an editor’s eye? Perhaps you seek that perfect last line that moves your readers to whisper, “Oh, my. This writer is good. What a story.”

Then learn how to stick your landing! All the ingredients to cast this spell are here, ready for you to give that final flawless flourish to your spellbinding routine. This webinar reveals six elements necessary to pull off that perfect landing like a master. Learn how to write endings that grip the heart. Rise to the top of the competition to get published and win the gold!

Saddle up! Learn the secrets of prize-winning stories. Land on your feet with a flourish that makes the crowd roar and moves judges to hold up tens! This class walks through my favorite Clint Eastwood Western to show you how it’s done!

Do you feel lucky? How about improving your luck? Then click the link below and invest in your future!

https://wulf-moons-super-secrets.teachable.com/p/stick-your-landings

And here’s the link to my entire Super Secrets of Writing On-Demand Online Workshops! Click HERE!

Wulf Pack Writers Group Success in Another Pro Anthology!

In the Wulf Pack Writers group tier accessed through my Patreon page, I hunt for respected markets the Wulf Pack Writers can submit fresh stories to, and sometimes these markets hunt us! We’ve got a great reputation built up with many editors, and they’ll contact me and ask if I can get our writers to submit to their magazine, anthology, or contest. I’m happy to oblige–my mission is to help each of our writers get professionally published and to help launch their pro writing careers.

This has worked out supremely well for us at Third Flatiron Publishing. In their last three pro-rate anthologies, the Wulf Pack Writers group have had huge success in writing stories that hit the bullseye of their anthology themes. So much so, in their AFTER THE GOLD RUSH anthology, editor Juli Rew thanked our group in her introduction for providing her with so many stories she could accept for publication. I’ve never seen such a statement in a pro anthology before, and it was quite an honor for our writing group to get such commendation. (You can read her kind words by clicking the link above and reading the sample, or even better, get the book!)

Well, friends, we’ve done it again! I set a writing challenge for our group, and these champions rose to the call. Several received notice that their stories were held for consideration, which means they were very close. Next time! And five of us were accepted! Please join me in congratulating Catherine Weaver, Robert Stahl, Scott M. Sands, and David J. Hankins! Well done!!!

And Iโ€™m happy to announce my fantasy story โ€œ๐๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐๐ข๐ฑ๐ข๐ž๐ฌโ€ has sold to Third Flatironโ€™s Offshoots: Humanity Twiggedย anthology as well. This is my fourth pro sale this month! Two fiction short stories, two nonfiction articles.

This anthology will be published in e-book and trade paperback July 15th. Coming soon! We hope you’ll get a copy and enjoy the worlds we create! And if you’ve been on the fence about joining us in the Wulf Pack Writers tier, why wait? The majority of our writers were unpublished when they began with us, and look at them now! Success after success!

GO WULF PACK!!!ย 

(Here’s the Patreon link to see the tiers of writing support (even FREE) I do for you as you support what I do. It’s a win/win! Join us!)

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™’๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™– ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ!

***UPDATE: Soon to be available on-demand online in my Super Secrets of Writing Teachable School!***

This ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ is an intensive drill-down on the most important prizewinning strategies in Moon’s bestselling writing book ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’•๐’ ๐‘พ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’‚ ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’… ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š. Strike gold by working directly with Wulf Moon as he cherry picks his unique principles, strategies, and exercises that have helped well beyond a dozen writers win the Writers of the Future Contest, the largest talent search for emerging writers in the world! Others have won the Mike Resnick Memorial Award, the Baen Adventure Fantasy Award, the Canadian Book Awards, and more!

๐‘๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ ๐‰. ๐’๐š๐ฐ๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ, ๐‡๐ฎ๐ ๐จ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐-๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’“ ๐‘จ๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’†, said this about Moon’s instruction: “Wulf Moon is a terrific writing teacher, and in How to Write a Howling Good Story, he shares the tips and tricks that have made him one of today’s hottest authors. His advice is spot-on; follow it and you can launch a major career. This book is pure gold.”

Knowledge is power, but only if you can figure out how to apply it. Get in on this online masterclass Saturday, May 4th, and learn the secrets to writing prizewinning stories that can change your destiny! But hurry! Moonโ€™s classes are famous for selling out, and thereโ€™s only fifteen spots left! ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™œ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™š๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ’๐™ง๐™š ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š!

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€!

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง: Saturday, May 4th, 11 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern Time.

๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: Four hours of smart strategies and exercises to help YOU create prizewinning stories!

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž: Live virtual masterclass on Zoom you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: $100 for four hours, plus an optional hour for Q&A.

Register by placing in your browser: ๐๐š๐ฒ๐๐š๐ฅ.๐ฆ๐ž/๐ฐ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ฆ๐จ๐จ๐ง

PayPal takes credit and debit cards, bank fund transfers, or uses your PayPal balance. In the What’s This About section, please list Howling Good Story Masterclass ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ž๐™ก. We cannot deliver your Zoom codes without receiving your email.

I look forward to working with you! It’s a fun time packed with smart strategies! Winners happen here!

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! Itโ€™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 donโ€™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!

Hereโ€™s the editorโ€™s comments on the article:


โ€œIn 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 โ€”positive, neutral, and negativeโ€” revealing how they shape the emotional rollercoaster that captivates audiences and breathes life into tales across genres.โ€

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 childrenโ€™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!

โ€œClever and pithy childrenโ€™s classics turned upside-down, WINK is a true delight.โ€
โ€”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:

“Iโ€™ve been writing for two decades now, and to say Iโ€™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) donโ€™t really care about teaching you anything. For many, itโ€™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, itโ€™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 heโ€™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, thereโ€™s only been one book Iโ€™ve recommended to new writers โ€“ Getting the Words Right, by Theodore Rees Cheney. Well, now Iโ€™ve got two. And Iโ€™ll go even one farther by saying simply that this is the best book on writing Iโ€™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 โ€“ for example, Moonโ€™s concepts he calls Heartโ€™s Desire and Magic Sword are two that Iโ€™ve never heard before, and those alone are worth the ticket price of the book. Besides, has any among us ever truly โ€˜arrivedโ€™? 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 youโ€™ve consumed the text and leveled up your writing game, give Moon a shout of praise โ€“ 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!

Wulf Pack Writers Achieve Another Fine “Best of the Year” Showing in Critters Readers’ Poll 2023

Results came out for the 2023 Critters Readers’ Choice Awards yesterday, and our group’s record keeper, David Hankins, surprised me with this nice graphic to commemorate the occasion. Thousands from around the world vote in these Best of the Year awards. They are not easy to win. Many publishers promote their writers, and I’ve often seen wins and upsets happen by just a vote or two in the last hours on the last day of voting. The competition can be fierce.

I’m happy to announce several of our Wulf Pack rose to the top, achieving Best of the Year awards in their respective categories. Congratulations go to David Hankins for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2023 for “Death and the Taxman.” And for Best Romance Novel of 2023, we have our very own Rosa Meronek with “The Griffin’s Burn.”

For myself, I’m happy to announce HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY was voted Best Nonfiction Book of 2023. I honestly didn’t think the win was going to happen, as I was up against a rescue dog book, and the author has won many Critters Awards. It was only in the last hours on the last day of three weeks of voting that Howling rose from second to first and stayed there. My dark fantasy “The Saltmarsh” in GAME ON! was awarded Best All other Short Story of 2023. And my writing workshop programs and online resource of “The Super Secrets of Writing” was awarded Best Writers’ Workshop and Best Writers’ Resource of 2023.

Congratulations to all the winners, to those in the Top 10 of each category, and to all the nominees! Thank you to all that participated in the voting. This was another fine showing in these Best of the Year Awards for our Wulf Pack Writers group! GO WULF PACK!!!