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!

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!!!

Last Chance to Vote in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards!

Critters Readers’ Choice Awards End Tonight!

Did you enjoy my Super Secrets of Writing article “Magic Sword” in DreamForge Magazine last year? It’s also reprinted in my bestselling book How to Write a Howling Good Story. It’s currently in second place in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards in Nonfiction Articles. Tonight is your last chance to vote. Please compare to the article currently in first place and if you feel “Magic Sword” is worthy, I’d love your vote! Thank you, friends! And don’t forget about downloading your free story, “The Saltmarsh,” while it’s available for award-season voting! Cheers!

My “Magic Sword” article in DreamForge Magazine if you missed it. Click HERE.

Where you can view the nominees and cast your vote for Nonfiction Article. Click HERE.

Here’s where you can vote in the Author category. I’m currently in first place, but voting isn’t over yet and it’s been in and out since voting began. Your vote could make all the difference. Click HERE.

And here’s where my short story, “The Saltmarsh,” is nominated in All Other Short Stories. If you haven’t read it, my publisher has authorized a free copy at the link at the bottom of the page. Click HERE to vote.

Finally, if you enjoyed my bestselling book How to Write a Howling Good Story, it’s currently in second place and could use some love. Click HERE to vote.

Thank you for your consideration in these important readers awards. Remember, if you wish to help me out, voting ends TONIGHT. Thank you! 💖

And here’s your free Wulf Moon story in the Game On! anthology! Click HERE to download.

Thank you for your support, my friends! 💜

A Free Fantasy Story by Wulf Moon For Award Season Consideration For Works Published in 2023

It’s award season for stories published in 2023, and I do have one for you to consider with a deadly game of chance! (And a bestselling nonfiction book, too, but more on that toward the end.)

Joshua Palmatier and Stephen Kotowych of the GAME ON! anthology from Zombies Need Brains, LLC, have authorized me to share my story “The Saltmarsh” from their anthology!!! For a limited time, for voting consideration in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards and any other awards you may wish to nominate it in, I’ve been given permission to make a free copy of my story available to each of you. Here’s the link for you to get yours!

https://bookhip.com/RSKCLQH

The editors told me as soon as they read the story, they immediately put it on the buy pile, no further consideration, they wanted it in their anthology. That’s the mark of a strong story. Would you like to find out why? Now’s your chance! I’ve been waiting to write this story for many years, and this was the perfect anthology for it. Ever since I read H. Munro’s short poem “Overheard on a Saltmarsh” about a nymph and a goblin, I wanted more, more, more.

This story was my answer.

If you agree with the editors, they’d love it if you weighed in with your vote. But you need to hurry. Voting, at least in the Critters Awards, ends in five days on January 14th!

https://critters.org/predpoll/shortstory.shtml

(And if you’d like to weigh in on Nonfiction Books, HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY is in second place right now. It’s been a #1 bestseller in multiple categories since its release. Here’s where you can help if you believe my book is worthy: Critters Writers Workshop Readers Poll )

(What? You still want to help? Okay, if you love what I do to help emerging writers, I’d love your support in the Authors category: Critters Writers Workshop Readers Poll )

I’m just happy I’ve been permitted to share my story with you. It’s different from my usual fare. Enjoy while you can! And THANK YOU for your consideration in these and other awards! The recognition does help your work to be seen and read.

A New SUPER SECRETS of Writing Article!

“Internal Character Arc: Why We Hope for Change”

𝐍𝐄𝐖! My latest SUPER SECRETS of Writing article dropped today at DreamForge Magazine! “𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐫𝐜: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐖𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.” FREE to read! Here’s the editor’s comments:

“An insightful article delving into the heart of storytelling— the transformation of characters from within. This piece explores the concept of the internal character arc, highlighting its crucial role in crafting multi-dimensional characters who resonate with readers. By examining the journey characters undergo as they confront and evolve through their internal struggles, the article reveals how these transformations not only drive the narrative but also mirror our own human experiences.”

Hot off the press and you can read it for FREE! 
Click HERE!

HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY Tops the Charts!!!

I taught a free year-long workshop for five years called Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS to help unpublished writers level up and get published. It’s been a huge success, and many asked me to compile my teachings into a book. I funded the production of HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY through Kickstarter crowdfunding. The Kickstarter had 330 backers and funded at over $21,000 (e-books were delivered two months ago, and I am madly shipping out print books to backers now). My publisher had his launch date set long ago. The book released last Tuesday, November 7th. I hoped the book might hit #1 on release day, but knew it would be an uphill climb. All my friends and fans already had the e-book through the Kickstarter pledge rewards–they didn’t need another from Amazon Kindle.

Guess what? We hit #1 in Kindle’s New Releases Fiction Writing Books category again and again all week long (#1 on Kobo as well). In the regular writing books category with all the famous writing books you know, HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY rose to #6 bestseller (some upstart named Stephen King shut me out with an obscure book called ON WRITING 🙂 ). And then Draft2Digital’s weekly sales report came out–they report from multiple platforms, including Amazon. HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY hit #4 and #5 for the week in ALL indie nonfiction book category sales, not just the writing books category. And we launched on Tuesday–we didn’t even have the full week of sales! It continues to ride at #1 or #2 every day on Kindle’s New Release list for Fiction Writing books.

Thank you to all that recognized the importance of this book. It’s truly been a labor of love, born from my heartfelt concern for writers to make the publishing process easier … by helping them to learn how to create howling good stories that SELL!

Got yours? Do you long to see a story of yours published? Or if you’re published, to create stronger stories and novels that win awards and build a fanbase that long for more? What are you waiting for? Change your destiny and grab one today from your favorite retailer! Trust me, you’ll learn powerful writing secrets from this book, and you’ll have a great time reading it. Promise!

Order yours now by clicking on the link below! Cheers!

IT’S RELEASE DAY OF MY WRITING BOOK!

IT’S RELEASE DAY! Five years ago after winning Writers of the Future, I started a free writing workshop called Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets to help unpublished writers understand the principles of writing that not only make stories work, but help them sell professionally and win awards.

Guess what? Writers in these year-long workshops started winning by the droves. The Writers of the Future Contest, the Mike Resnick Memorial Award, the Baen Adventure Fantasy Award, and more! More importantly, they not only made their first professional sales, they made multiple sales that launched their careers in fiction writing. These writers are living proof that the Super Secrets of writing work.

So, I put all my teachings in a book. I launched my first Kickstarter to fund the project. It not only funded in 7 minutes, it earned Project We Love, and later was featured as Project of the Day on Kickstarter Reads. Final funding hit over $21,000 dollars. Remember, I’d never done Kickstarter crowdfunding before. This phenomenal first result proved to me people really wanted this book to come to life.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Stark Publishing Solutions guided me along the way. If you want great success, I always say find a great mentor. We’ve been so busy producing the book, we only announced the prerelease about a week ago. How to Write a Howling Good Story already hit #1 Bestselling New Release orange in a major Kindle writing books category, while still in prerelease!

We sent a copy to Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative. Here’s what he said: “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.”

And now, here we are. My book that has helped so many writers launch their careers is available to you today from your favorite online retailer. Add this book to your arsenal. It has the power to change your writing destiny, as it has done for so many others. This is not a dry, formulaic book on writing. You’ll get your stories dressed for success while having a darn good time reading it.

Five years in the making. Thirty-six chapters. 100,000 words. Ebook, paperback, and hardcover. Get yours today and find out how to write a howling good story. This book can change your destiny!

https://books2read.com/howlinggoodstory