“Descending Into the Dark Side”: A NEW Super Secrets of Writing Article Published at DreamForge Magazine

It’s here! My next Super Secrets of Writing article at DreamForge Magazine in the three-part internal character arc series! This grand finale of the set explores the negative internal arc and why we are fascinated by bad guys and what makes them slide down their slippery slope. It is titled “Internal Character Arc: Descending Into the Dark Side.” Here’s the editor’s comments:

 “Have you read a story where the protagonist’s journey ended with them in a worse state than when they started? This piece explores the concept of the Negative Internal Character Arc. It’s the final article in Wulf Moon’s series encompassing positive, neutral, and negative character arcs. By examining the journey characters undergo as they confront and evolve through their internal struggles, authors can paint transformations that not only drive the narrative but also mirror our own human experiences.”

Step into the darkness … with this illuminating article! It’s a powerful tool to add to your writer’s toolbox. Free to read at DreamForge Magazine!

 Enjoy your free article HERE!

Get the award-winning book of the set of Super Secrets HERE!

“The Price of Victory”: A New Super Secrets of Writing Article Published in Story Unlikely Magazine

That’s right! A new article in my Super Secrets series to help you succeed in your writing. This article is titled “The Price of Victory.” I’ve won over fifty writing awards, and this Secret is a big reason why. Understanding the importance of weighty sacrifice to achieve victory in the climax can give your story the necessary gravitas to make it stand out from all others–especially in writing contests and professional magazine open calls.

Change your destiny! Give your story the weight it needs to win weighty awards! This article is FREE to read at Story Unlikely magazine, but there are many benefits to subscribing. I hope you’ll enjoy the article, but I also hope you’ll support this worthy market with over 9,000 subscribers. Cheers!

Read “The Price of Victory” HERE.

Read the featured stories and subscribe to Story Unlikely HERE.

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

𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐘𝐎𝐔! A fresh on-demand writing class in Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets of Writing Teachable School!

𝐒𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞

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!

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!

New Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS of Writing Article Published in DreamForge Magazine!

The latest SUPER SECRETS of Writing article! And a great preview of what’s to come in my How to Write a Howling Good Story book. “Escalating Tension: Crank it Up!” Here’s the editor’s comments:

In this article, Wulf Moon shows us how tension keeps readers engaged and invested in your story. Tension creates a sense of anticipation that makes readers want to know what happens next. But you must make it even harder for your characters! Ramp it up. Escalating tension helps shape the narrative, define the characters, and ultimately ensure the story is compelling and satisfying to readers.

Free to read at DreamForge Magazine! Click HERE to enjoy!

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Congratulations to My Wulf Pack Writers Group Member David Hankins, Winner of Writers of the Future, Vol. 39!

David Hankins, Wulf Pack Writers’ “Keeper of Records” and Winner of Writers of the Future, Vol. 39.

I created the Super Secrets of Writing resource, the free Super Secrets year-long Workshop & Challenge, and the Wulf Pack Writers Group to help struggling writers succeed in getting professionally published. We focus on Writers of the Future and other respected markets to build careers. We’ve had seven alumni win Writers of the Future, become published finalists, or both! Now, there’s EIGHT in three-and-a-half years since I started this crazy experiment. David Hankins is our latest!

Thousands enter their stories every quarter to try to win the largest talent search for speculative fiction writers in the world! Over $30,000 is spent on each winner by the time they are paid prize and publication money and all the goodies that follow. They are flown to Hollywood for an expense paid trip from anywhere in the world. The win includes their stay at a luxurious Hollywood hotel, a week-long workshop with top writers and industry leaders, and a gala and award ceremony that many call ‘The Oscars of science fiction and fantasy.’ Way to go, David!

I share his own words on his writer journey, unsolicited and posted to Discord today as we congratulated him on winning Writers of the Future (and congratulated our Wulf Pack Writers’ other Finalist, Brandon Case. So close, Brandon! Next Q is you!)

Heeere’s David! And what he wrote about his journey to that Hollywood stage!

(Shared with permission.)

David Hankins

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Thank you! You, the Super Secrets, and the Wulf Pack are the only reason I grew from enthusiastic amateur to award-winning author (wow, that title feels strange!). I’ve told you this but thought I’d share with the group:

18 months. That’s how long I’ve been entering Writers of the Future. I found Moon’s Super Secrets on the WotF forum after my first entry in March 2021. That story earned an HM, but Moon kindly declined my request to join his annual challenge. Need an SHM or above, buddy.

Oh, really? Challenge accepted.

I dug into the Super Secrets, read the thread (120 pages at that point), applied myself through smart practice, wrote six KYDs in 30 days, and took Moon’s KYD Masterclass. My first published story came out of that Masterclass.?‍??

That paid KYD Masterclass granted access to the Wulf Pack, which changed my writing forever. You are my writing family. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

I got another HM then an SHM and joined Moon’s Vol39 annual challenge.

Challenge completed. ?

I was humbled when Moon asked me to be Keeper of Records.

More smart practice, attended Moon’s Winning Stories Masterclass at Fyrecon-online (Attend Fyrecon! It’s amazing!), and I started to find my writer’s voice. Humor, described by many as the hardest voice to write well. Unlikely to win WotF.

I got another HM. Not a step back, just a reminder. Write fresh, don’t revise and resubmit.

January 2022 was pivotal. DreamForge accepted my first story. I had my last working day in the Army (meaning my heart committed itself completely to writing, though my mind yelled ‘get a real job!’). Jody Lynn Nye (a humorist) became WotF coordinating judge.

I found my voice, my passion. Snarky, funny, heartfelt. I wrote my winner. Moon and the Wulf Pack helped polish it, I submitted, and moved to the next story. That one sold. And the next.

Winners are made here. Professionals are made here.

!! GO WULF PACK !!

Another Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets of Writing Articles Published in DreamForge Magazine!

Click the illustration to enjoy a Super Secret for FREE! Another sample of what’s to come in the upcoming books!

The three-act structure. Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about it. Why has this storytelling template been around for so long? Because it’s a simple framework, easy to see, easy to understand. Think about it. Every story has 1) a beginning, 2) a middle, and 3) an end. One, two, three. That sums up the three-act structure in a nutshell. Only, in the three-act structure, it’s called 1) Setup, 2) Confrontation, and 3) Resolution. Same thing. Simple, right? Simple tools are the best. Learn how to use this one by clicking HERE! It’s FREE!