Wulf Pack Writers Group Member Shares the Secrets That Moved Him From Unpublished Writer to Pro Career Writer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 Before he joined my writing group that I host on Discord, David was an unpublished writer for years, wondering what he needed to do to turn the tables.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 Then listen to David by clicking HERE as he shares what worked for him to go from unpublished writer to professional career writer and now a novelist in record time.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

How to Order the Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing Workbook

This is my award-winning workbook that won Best Nonfiction Book published in 2022 in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards. Thousands from around the world vote in these awards every year for their favorites in the publishing industry, and I’m happy this beautiful workbook has been appreciated by so many.

It’s already in its second printing, and once again it’s about to sell out, I have less than a dozen left! It’s a glossy covered, magazine-sized workbook in full color, filled with gorgeous illustrations to drive the points home. There’s questions at the end of each chapter for review, and a place to record your writing goals. Forty-one pages, plus the covers. 8.5″ x 11″. Many bestselling writers have told me there is nothing else like it.

Get your copy direct from Wulf Moon Enterprises! It’s easy! $20 plus $5 S/H to U.S. addresses. (Washington Residents: Please add 8.9% sales tax, or $1.78. Thank you.)

To securely order, click HERE or place in your browser: paypal.me/wulfmoon

In the What’s This About section, please write The Illustrated Workbook, your address, and your email for any delivery issues.

Here’s your chance to change your destiny with knowledge many have told me no one else is teaching. No wonder so many of the Wulf Pack Writers have won major awards and launched their careers. Knowledge, accurate knowledge, is power. Power up with my Super Secrets of Writing Programs!

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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Writing Mentors and How to Find Them

Here I am with my mentee Brittany Rainsdon at Hollywood!

Brittainy Rainsdon was an aspiring writer with no prior sales before she joined my Super Secrets of Writing Workshop that I conduct for free in the Writers of the Future Forum. After reading her writing sample, I could see she was a good writer, and I took her under my wing and worked with her for the next couple of years on virtually every story she wrote. When I found out she was only sending her stories to the Writers of the Future Contest–the largest talent search for new speculative fiction writers in the world–I gave her some straight talk and said she also needed to send stories to other markets. Brittany listened.

The first place she sent one to was Deep Magic magazine. It sold! Her first respectable sale! What’s more, it was also reprinted in Best of Deep Magic Anthology Two. Brittany topped that by becoming a published finalist in Writers of the Future Volume 37, and followed that the next quarter by becoming a winner in Writers of the Future Volume 38! Brittany had always been a good writer, she simply needed guidance to reach that next level. That’s what mentors do–they help their mentees level up by guiding them with knowledge and experience that they learned through years of study and training.

How does one find a good mentor? This podcast reveals how Brittany found hers. And then we share various methods to help others find a mentor that can help them level up. Mentoring is a time-honored system of sharing knowledge and training with those less experienced, yet it’s rarely discussed in writing books and workshops.

This podcast will change that. And I’ve just been commissioned to write a Super Secrets of Writing article on mentoring for DreamForge Anvil magazine. In the meantime, why not give our interview in Hollywood a listen?

KYD: Kill Your Darlings

My latest Super Secrets of Writing article in DreamForge Anvil magazine!

KYD or Kill Your Darlings is a writing exercise I developed to win writing contests and craft potent vignettes used to build winning stories. I taught it to members of my Super Secrets Workshop, and had them practice the exercise at least once a month. Amazing–some would say miraculous–results followed. Almost all of the writers were unpublished when they began, but their writing transformed. Workshop members ended up either becoming a Finalist in the international Writers of the Future Contest, winning the Contest (four to date), winning the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for New Writers, or achieving their first professional sales in magazines and anthologies.

The editor of DreamForge Anvil magazine was so impressed with the results in my workshop, he commissioned me to write an article on the subject. Here’s his introduction to the article:

Stephen King said it best. “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribblerโ€™s heart, kill your darlings.” We need to be ruthless with our workโ€” every word we write is not sacred. Get your words on the page, but be sure to go back in and give them a cold hard stare, knife in hand.

It’s free to read at the DreamForge website. Improve your writing by clicking HERE!

This article gives the basics you need to craft leaner, meaner stories. If you’d like to learn the actual exercise to transform your writing, you need the workshop I teach on it! I’m conducting a virtual KYD: Kill Your Darlings Exercise master workshop at Fyrecon Online this year! Here’s the details:

My KYD master workshop!

KYD: The Kill Your Darlings Exercise

5 Hour Live Online Master Workshop for $119
(includes Whole Conference general admission to Fyrecon Online , a $60 value!)
Class is limited to 20 students
November 21, 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:50 PM Mountain Time at Fyrecon 5

Twenty-five years ago, I developed a writing exercise to help me win what was likely the largest international flash fiction contest ever held. The contest was the brainchild of Dan Hurley, famous as the Sixty Second Novelist. For one year, writers from around the world submitted their 250-word flash stories each week, and professional judges awarded prizes for first, second, and third place. 500 to 700 writers entered each week. At the end of the year, twelve professionals judged the 52 first place winners for the grand prize.

Two of my first place winners placed in the Top 10. One of those took Grand Prize, earning me the title of Writer of the Year. Number One โ€ฆ out of some 30,000 total entries.

This is the system I developed to help me win that contest. I call it โ€œKill Your Darlings.โ€ Many writers I coach say itโ€™s the #1 reason they obtained their first pro sales, made it into Best of the Year anthologies, and were finalists and winners in major writing contests like Writers of the Future. The first place story that won the Mike Resnick Memorial Award? That was crafted from a KYD.

The system works.

Want to shave years off your learning curve? If you take this workshop, I can teach you how.

โ€œWrangling your first professional short story sale is a lot like catching a fish with your bare hands. Sure, it can be done, but youโ€™re going to need to know the secrets unless you want splash around like a fool for an embarrassingly long time.

Moon promised me that if I put in the work he gave me, Iโ€™d reduce my time to publication. His KYD exercise has helped me move from not even sniffing a sale, to winning the Mike Resnick Memorial award.

Moon is not just a keeper of (super) secrets. He is a keeper of promises.โ€โ€“Z.T. Bright, author

CLICK HERE NOW TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER before November 21st, 2021!