Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest: Wulf Moon

Wulf Moon, Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest

It’s official! I’ve been invited to be a guest author at FanX Salt Lake, one of the largest multi-genre pop culture expos held in the world! Attendance usually exceeds 100,000 per convention, so this is the largest event that I’ve been invited to speak at and conduct my writing workshops at in my career. I’ll also have a booth in the exhibitor hall with a TOP SECRET release I’m debuting at FanX! Plus, I’ll be kicking off my SUPER SECRETS of Writing Kickstarter! And I’ll have books to sign, prizes to give away, a free writing workshop, and more!

Who’s going? Sept. 22nd-24th, 2022. Make your plans, mark your calendar, and come see me at my panels, workshop, or FanX exhibit hall booth. I’d love to see you there!

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 Almost all of the writers were unpublished when they began, but their writing transformed.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 scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” We need to be ruthless with our work— 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 … out of some 30,000 total entries.

This is the system I developed to help me win that contest. I call it “Kill Your Darlings.” Many writers I coach say it’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.

“Wrangling your first professional short story sale is a lot like catching a fish with your bare hands. Sure, it can be done, but you’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, I’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.”–Z.T. Bright, author

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

Character Agency: Creating Proactive Heroes

Another published sample of Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets in DreamForge magazine!

This Super Secret is on proactive vs. passive heroes. In many submissions from beginners, the protagonist is swept along by circumstance, passively reacting to events instead of exercising their will over events to change their circumstances. It’s a big problem among hopeful writers, often creating a weak internal character arc and failing to engage the reader! I can teach you how to fix that! Read this Super Secret for FREE HERE!

Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS. “Nail Your Opening: How Driving to the Story Creates Accidents”

The editor of DreamForge Anvil magazine, Scot Noel, asked me to go on a journey with him. He told me he had a new focus to his magazine this year, his goal being to publish hopeful writers that may have never been published before. He was aware of my work with my award-winning SUPER SECRETS workshops. He knew many writers from my workshops had won major international contests and had obtained their first pro sales after taking them. He asked me if I’d like to write articles for his magazine based on the Secrets I taught in my workshops. I agreed.

This is the article that was published on April 21, 2021, in their first official issue of this new venture. It’s free to read. And it’s a good example, both of how I teach, and of one of the chapters from my upcoming books through Mark Leslie’s Stark Publishing Solutions. I trust you’ll enjoy it. And if you enjoy the sample, I hope you’ll join my Wulf Pack Club. You’ll be first to know about the Kickstarter event leading up to the books.

Here’s the editor’s forward to the article:

“What is an inciting incident? How do you know when your character has “crossed the threshold?” And why does “driving to the story” create a 12 car pile up every time? With this essay from Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS series, you learn how to start your story at the right place and keep up the pace until the conflict reaches its height!”

Click HERE to read the article for FREE! (But I do hope you’ll subscribe to keep their flame alive!)

“See it? Don’t make me keep standing here! This laser beam is roasting my little robot finger!”

Wulf Moon Receives 115,000 Listens on the Writers of the Future Podcast!

Would you like to find out why I received 115,000+ listens on the interview with John Goodwin on December 28th for the Writers of the Future Podcast? Perhaps people enjoyed the advice on creating multiple income streams to keep your income boat afloat as you move toward full-time writing. It could have been the announcement of a publisher making an offer on my SUPER SECRETS writing book, which many have been waiting for.  Or it might just have been the encouragement given to aspiring writers to join the Writers of the Future Forum. You decide. And you can! By clicking HERE.

One thing I did speak a good deal about were the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards, where polling goes on for three weeks at the end of every year to honor the best in forty-one publishing related categories. Would you like to find out how it all turned out in the end? Here’s the Writers of the Future press release regarding the many awards won, but may I be the first to say, “Congratulations, Writers of the Future Forum!” Click HERE to read their exciting press release!