Do Your Readers Love Your Characters? No matter what type of fiction you write, it's the characters that draw readers in. In fact, if the reader doesn't care about the characters, the most gripping plot won't carry the day. So how do you get readers to care? Character diagrams, checklists, and charts can only take you so far. You need to know your characters - and love (or hate) them -just as you do real people, which means learning about your characters from the inside out. In Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out you'll explore your characters' loves, lives, and values so you can: - Understand their hopes, fears, and motivations - Learn what drives them to do what they do - Create living, breathing characters rather than cardboard cutouts Using questions and prompts designed to help you peer into your characters' hearts and minds and examples from popular books and classics such as Gone Girl, The Dead Zone, and Pride and Prejudice, bestselling novelist L. M. Lilly (author of the Awakening Supernatural Thriller Series and the Q.C. Davis Mysteries under Lisa M. Lilly) helps you create real, engaging characters that will keep readers turning pages. Ready to create or enhance your characters and take your writing to the next level? Download Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out today.
Her Long-Lost Friend Begs Her To Prove His Innocence. But What If He's A Killer? Chicago lawyer Quille Davis gets a desperate midnight call from long-lost friend Caleb. His boss is dead, and he's the prime suspect. Afraid the police have made up their minds, Caleb asks Quille to go undercover to investigate his mysterious employer, Seminar. Seminar says it’s a self-improvement company...or is it a cult? The more she delves into Seminar and gets to know its charismatic founder, the more danger Quille stirs up. With no one at Seminar to trust, even Caleb, can Quille discover the killer before she becomes the next victim? The Fractured Man is the third book in the Q.C. Davis series. If you enjoy bold and quick-witted detective heroines, fast-paced suspense, and life-and-death stakes, then you'll love Lisa M. Lilly's exciting new addition to the series. Buy The Fractured Man to unravel a thrilling mystery today!
If you're thinking of writing a novel this year, this is the one book you need. Most writers need to fit writing in around other responsibilities and goals. Maybe you're working at a separate job or profession, raising a family, pursuing a degree, or all of the above. But no matter what else is happening in your life, you can write your novel in a year. The One-Year Novelist walks you through the steps week-by-week, taking you from idea to finished draft. It includes ways to stay motivated, break down the writing process, and tailor the schedule to your life. If you've already plotted your novel, prefer to start writing without planning first, or want to finish in less than a year, you can easily do that. This book is for you if: - You have a great idea for a novel and aren't sure you have time to write it - You've started a novel and want help getting to the finish line - You've written novels before but are looking for a way to streamline your process Get started by downloading your ebook edition (includes link to free downloadable worksheets) today.
Eager to write a novel but find yourself staring at a blank screen? Spending too much time rewriting early chapters without moving on? Reached the middle of your novel only to freeze or slow down? Unlike most books on writer's block, Write On not only helps get the words flowing but targets issues specific to novelists. And because there are many different reasons writers get stuck, this book avoids one-size-fits-all-advice. Instead, it offers insights, exercises, and questions aimed at sorting out what might be standing in your way so you can write more freely and easily. Among other things, you'll learn to: - Come up with ideas for your novel (and choose the best one) - Understand your writing process, overcome doubts, and get your first draft onto the page - Stay excited and motivated as you near the middle of your novel where many writers falter - Deal with fears and life challenges that may slow you down Ready to start – and finish – your novel? Get Write On: How To Overcome Writer's Block So You Can Write Your Novel today.
Based on her family's tragic history, Chicago lawyer Quille C. Davis distrusts the authorities. That's why she investigates murders the police can’t solve or refuse to look into. This box set includes the first three Q.C. Davis mysteries. If you like clever amateur sleuths, following the clues, and life-and-death stakes, you’ll love Lisa M. Lilly’s Q.C. Davis mysteries. The Worried Man (Q.C. Davis Mystery 1) She was about to start a new life. Now Quille's boyfriend is dead, the police won’t help, and a killer is still on the loose… The Charming Man (Q.C. Davis Mystery 2) In the midst of Chicago’s worst blizzard in history, a dear friend begs Quille to help search for a missing girl whose family fears the police. The family's hopes that the girl is simply stuck somewhere outside the city are dashed when Quille finds the first body…. The Fractured Man (Q.C. Davis Mystery 3) Quille infiltrates a self-improvement company — or is a cult? — to try to prove a long-lost friend’s innocence. But what if he’s a killer? Get all three books today to unravel these gripping mysteries.
What can you learn about plotting, writing, or revising your own stories by watching Buffy? More than you ever imagined. Bestselling author L. M. Lilly takes apart every episode in the first season of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She examines major plot points and turns, character arcs, metaphor, and more to show how to: - Strengthen plot structure; - Heighten conflict; - Create characters the audience loves; - Juggle multiple storylines; and - Keep readers coming back for more. If you love Buffy, and you love creating stories – or just taking them apart to see how they work – this book is for you. Start reading Buffy and the Art of Story Season One today.
What can you learn about fiction writing and storytelling by watching the TV series you loved? More than you ever imagined. And you’ll have fun, too. Bestselling author L. M. Lilly takes apart Episodes 1-11 of Season Two of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She examines key plot turns, character arcs, metaphors, and themes to figure out how the Buffy writers and directors created: - Stories that break your heart and make you long for more - Characters who grow in surprising yet believable ways - Dialogue that’s cleverer and more fun than any in the real world - Universal themes that speak directly to you If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and you love creating stories – or just reliving them to see how they work – this book is for you. Based on the popular podcast Buffy and the Art of Story. Download Buffy and the Art of Story Season Two Part 1 today.
Too Many Suspects: Who Killed A Woman Nobody Liked? "The Troubled Man is one of the best Chicago mysteries....If you are a fan of a mystery that is devoid of literary clichés and presents a solid puzzle that needs to be solved posthaste, this Q.C. Davis mystery, The Troubled Man, has got to be on your list." - Windy City Reviews The last time Chicago lawyer Quille C. Davis investigated a crime as a favor to a friend, it destroyed the friendship. But Quille can't bring herself to say no when a desperate teenage girl begs for help exonerating her father, who is in jail for murder. Although Quille doesn’t usually handle criminal cases, she often uncovers the truth when the police come up short. Plus the girl reminds her of herself. Prosecutors say the man poisoned his victim - the girl’s mother. But the girl remains steadfast in her belief in her father’s innocence, and relentless in her search to find the real killer. No one Quille talks to was fond of the murdered woman: Her older daughter left for college and never looked back, her best friend stopped speaking to her after a big fight, and the woman herself was on the brink of divorce. The only warm feelings the victim had were for her Doberman, a rescue dog who frightens friends and strangers alike. Yet Quille finds it difficult to uncover a motive for murder. There simply are no clear suspects. Except, that is, for the girl’s father, whose trial date looms ever closer. The more Quille examines the clues, the more she fears the only answer may be the one the girl least wants to hear. Can she discover the truth before it’s too late? The Troubled Man is the fourth book in the Q.C. Davis Mystery series, and it also stands alone. If you enjoy quick-witted amateur sleuths, unraveling mysteries, and life-and-death stakes, then you’ll love Lisa M. Lilly’s exciting new addition to the series. Buy this gripping mystery to uncover the truth today.
Trapped in an apartment complex by a raging blizzard, can she find a missing girl before the killer does? Chicago lawyer Quille C. Davis still grieves the death of the man she loved. But she agrees to help a friend search for a missing college girl whose family fears the police. The search takes Quille to a sprawling apartment complex on the edge of the Chicago River. As a blizzard rages outside, isolating the complex, Quille questions the residents. When one of them is found dead soon after, fears for the missing girl escalate. Cut off from the authorities by the worst storm in the city's history, Quille knows time is running out. She must find the missing woman before the killer does. And before anyone else ends up dead. The Charming Man is a 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist. While it is the second book in the Q.C. Davis Mystery series, it stands alone. If you enjoy bold and quick-witted heroines, fast-paced suspense, and life-and-death stakes, then you'll love this addition to the series.
Struggling to start your novel or screenplay? Stuck in the middle? Finished a first draft, but it doesn’t really grab you? Super Simple Story Structure is a short, easy-to-read guide that lets you speed through your first draft, minimize major rewrites, and keep readers turning the pages. The book includes specific questions and prompts to expand and focus your story idea. Using those exercises, plus examples from plots as diverse as The Terminator, The Awakening, and Gone With The Wind, bestselling author Lisa M. Lilly (writing as L. M. Lilly) walks you through the five simple steps she’s used to write every novel she’s published. You’ll learn to create: - Strong Conflict - Characters The Reader Cares About - Five Basic Plot Points - Compelling Subplots Most important, Super Simple Story Structure walks you through what should happen in the middle of the narrative – that spot that many writers approach with dread. What you’ll create won’t be so structured that you'll feel hemmed in and stifled, but it will be enough that you can write your first draft quickly, without getting stuck staring at a blank screen for an hour, then giving up and checking your social media accounts. Download Super Simple Story Structure and get started today.
Asking What If? and imagining the worst possible outcome ratchets up conflict in stories. For that very reason, in real life it can create or add to anxiety. So can many mental and emotional habits writers and other creative people develop. But it doesn't need to be that way. You can use your imagination and writing skills to create a calmer, happier life. In this book you'll learn: - Techniques to derail anxious thoughts you otherwise repeat; - Ways to talk to yourself and others that promote calm rather than reinforce worry; - Specific, targeted exercises to direct your creative mind and imagination in a positive way; - How and when to write and rewrite the best parts of your life for greater happiness; - and more. Part memoir, part How To, Happiness, Anxiety, and Writing explains clear, simple steps to lower anxiety and stress, solve problems, and increase happiness. It includes examples from the author's own journey from being gripped by anxiety to a healthier, happier life.
Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that draws readers in and engages them with characters in a meaningful way. Through a blend of practical instruction, useful examples, and helpful exercises, Writing the Intimate Character shows you how to create the experience of living through a character rather than just reading about one. Inside, you'll learn: • The functions and benefits of first-person, third-person intimate, omniscient, and second-person points of view. • How to apply character cues--specific behaviors, sensory perceptions, dialogue, and visual imagery--to develop a realistic protagonist and secondary cast. • The surface and subset feelings that get to the root of your character’s emotions. • How different viewpoints affect the story you want to tell. Writing the Intimate Character helps you craft a novel in which readers can experience your characters' senses, dive inside their minds, and truly feel their emotions. "Writing the Intimate Character, the latest engaging guide by Jordan Rosenfeld, is a rich resource we'll all be learning from for the rest of our lives. 'Does the term point of view seem too dull and dry?' she asks. 'Try intimacy instead.' And then she shows us how, with diverse examples and wise observation. Now that I have Jordan's take on how to create a character from the inside out, I'm eager to get to it. You, too, will find this book that inspiring." --Rebecca Lawton, author of Sacrament: Homage to a River and other books "Writing the Intimate Character provides insights, examples, and exercises that will be useful not only to those who are new to writing fiction but to those, like myself, who are coming back to it after a break. Jordan Rosenfeld's explanation of how narrative voice works with point of view and other literary elements to create characters that readers care deeply about is clear and revelatory. The book can be worked through methodically or dipped into as needed. It's a useful tool for getting the gears of imagination working or for jump-starting and fine-tuning a work in process." --Zoe Zolbrod, author of the novel Currency and the memoir The Telling "Jordan Rosenfeld has a keen insight into how to construct characters who are truly lived-in. With intelligence and wit, she walks you through every element of powerful characterization, from selecting your POV to demonstrating character growth throughout your story. Whether you're new to fiction or a more experienced writer, put your trust in Jordan Rosenfeld; she'll help you tell a better story." --Laura Bogart, freelance writer and novelist
Strong characters – characters we love and hate, those we despair for at their low moments and egg on to their triumphs – are the foundation of any successful script. Written by award-winning writer Rib Davis and now fully updated for its second edition, Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio is an authoritative practical guide to developing characters for professional and aspiring writers alike. As well as exploring character motivation, the interplay between character and plot, comic characters, heroes and villains, the new edition also includes a more in-depth look at character psychology, writing ensemble and multi-narrative dramas and the balance between character development and character revelation. The book also includes a wide range of contemporary examples from scripts ranging from films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and The Grand Budapest Hotel, award-winning plays such as Jerusalem and acclaimed TV shows such as Game of Thrones and True Detective.
Many new – and even experienced – fiction writers find characterisation difficult. Astrology offers a unique – and very easy – method of creating effective, intriguing, and authentic multi-layered personalities that leap off the page. Astro-characters starts with a guide to creating vibrant, believable characters. The twelve zodiac archetypes then share their intimate secrets, letting the reader into the quirks, flaws and foibles that are so fascinating to readers and essential for a writer. Simply decide whereabouts in the year a character was born, throw in a couple of curved balls, the moon and the rising sign – mix them around a little and there you have it. A multi-layered, tailor-made protagonist to fit any plot with no astrological knowledge required. The book tells you everything you need to know.
Conquer Microsoft Office—from the inside out! You're beyond the basics, so dive right into Microsoft Office—and really put these productivity tools and services to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Office—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Take advantage of Office in the cloud with Office 365 Get insider tweaks and tips to become more productive Sync your email, calendar, and contacts on multiple devices Organize and edit complex documents with Microsoft Word Enhance Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with rich media Handle data with the Microsoft Excel Quick Analysis tool Get organized with Microsoft OneNote using expert techniques Save, share, and sync documents and settings with SkyDrive Use Microsoft Access, Publisher, and Lync in smarter ways