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Celebrating a Year of Writers Don't Cry

Writersdontcry Writers Don't Cry CupcakeI can hardly believe it’s been a year! That’s 54 columns, roughly 70,000 words, and around a gazillion hours of writing. And boy, have the columns grown! Starting out at around 800 words, they’ve since almost doubled in size as my fingers warmed up and the topics grew more complex.

In addition, this past year, Writers Don’t Cry was lucky enough to be featured in some awesome panels at Northwest Bookfest and Emerald City Comicon, and will be a part of the Industry Insider Guest of Honor program at GenCon this month. I've met so many amazing people and heard some truly awesome stories through working on this project. Here’s hoping the next year will bring even more exciting opportunities.

Thank you all so much for all your support!

Top Ten Columns

1. How to Kill (a Character)
2. Sympathy for the Devil: How to Write Killer Villains
3. Five Steps to a Heart-Stopping (Literary) Climax
4. Total Reader Immersion: Writing Evocative Description
5. Give Your Characters a Voice: Writing Strong Dialogue
6. Making Magic Work (in Books)
7. Five Steps to Finding Your Voice
8. The Rule of Threes: Expressive Character Design
9. Discover Your Word Crushes: What Word Clouds Tell You About Your Writing
10. Character by Design: Three Steps to Creating Distinct Personalities

Interviews

1. R.A. Salvatore on How to Write a Damn Good Fight Scene
2. Tall, Dark, and Heroic: Paul S. Kemp on How to Write Antiheroes
3. Smarter, Faster, Meaner: Richard Lee Byers on Writing Mastermind Villains
4. Tips from the Pros: Shelly Mazzanoble on How to Be Inspired
5. Tips from the Pros: Greenwood and Evans on How to Jumpstart Your Writing
6. Tips from the Pros: Kemp, Pauley, and Cordell on How to Wrangle Your Muse
7. Books with a Bang: Troy Denning on Writing the Ultimate Climax
8. Beyond Orcs & Elves: Stacy Whitman on Writing Cross-Culturally
9. Philip Athans on Building Immersive Sci-Fi & Fantasy Worlds

Make Your Voice Heard

If there are any topics you’d like to see covered in the coming year, please let me know! I'd love to be given the chance to address them.

Writers Don’t Cry Index

For your browsing pleasure, below is a full index of all the Writers Don’t Cry columns to date.

August 2011: Reader Engagement
8/1/2011: The Twist Is Not Enough: The Secret to Making People Care
8/8/2011: How to Kill (a Character)
8/15/2011: R.A. Salvatore on How to Write a Damn Good Fight Scene
8/22/2011: Make it Sting: How to Write Betrayal
8/29/2011: She’s No Mary Sue: Creating Characters People Care About

September 2011: Heroes
9/5/2011: So You Want to Be a Hero?
9/12/2011: Fatally Flawed: How to Write Tragic Heroes
9/19/2011: Concerning Hobbits: “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you!”
9/25/2011: Tall, Dark, and Heroic: Paul S. Kemp on How to Write Antiheroes

October 2011: Villains
10/3/2011: Sympathy for the Devil: How to Write Killer Villains
10/10/2011: Smarter, Faster, Meaner: Richard Lee Byers on Writing Mastermind Villains
10/17/2011: The Making of a Monster: From Dragons to Lady Gaga
10/24/2011: Halloween Special: How to Scare Your Reader (Tricks from the Movies)

November 2011: National Novel Writing Month
10/31/2011: NaNoWriMo Special: The Shotgun Approach to Writing
11/7/2011: NaNoWriMo Special: The Quick and Dirty Outline
11/14/2011: NaNoWriMo Special: The Blank Page Blues
11/21/2011: Tips from the Pros: Shelly Mazzanoble on How to Be Inspired
11/23/2011: Tips from the Pros: Greenwood and Evans on How to Jumpstart Your Writing
11/25/2011: Tips from the Pros: Kemp, Pauley, and Cordell on How to Wrangle Your Muse
11/28/2011: NaNoWriMo Special: “The End” Is Nigh

December 2011: The Climax
12/5/2011: Five Steps to a Heart-Stopping (Literary) Climax
12/12/2011: Tell it Like a Trickster: How to Write a Good Twist
12/19/2011: The Art of the Epic Battle
12/26/2011: Books with a Bang: Troy Denning on Writing the Ultimate Climax

January 2012: Way to Write
1/2/2012: Resolve to Write: 52 Writing Exercises to Hone Your Craft
1/9/2012: Beyond Orcs & Elves: Stacy Whitman on Writing Cross-Culturally
1/16/2012: Total Reader Immersion: Writing Evocative Description
1/23/2012: Give Your Characters a Voice: Writing Strong Dialogue
1/20/2012: Curse Like an Orc, Woo Like an Elf: The Secret to Fantasy Languages

February 2012: Some Write It Hot
2/6/2012: Some Write It Hot (Or, How to Make Your Editor Blush)
2/13/2012: Valentine’s Day Special: Six Steps to a Sizzling Suplot
2/20/2012: Bad Romance: Star-crossed Lovers, Love Triangles, and Bewitched Boys
2/27/2012: Rivi… Rive… Revision (Or, How to Love the Red Pen)

March 2012: World Building
3/5/2012: The Sexy Space Cowboy Mystery Elf Brigade: Crossing Genres Like a Pro
3/12/2012: Making Magic Work (in Books)
3/19/2012: Making People Laugh: The Secret Art of Funny Fiction
3/26/2012: Philip Athans on Building Immersive Sci-Fi & Fantasy Worlds

April 2012: Starting Out
4/2/2012: Brilliant Beginnings: Engaging Readers On Page One
4/9/2012: Introducing the Hero: How to Flirt with your Reader
4/16/2012: Five Steps to Finding Your Voice
4/23/2012: Things to Consider When Plotting World Domination: Play to Your Strengths
4/30/2012: Mood Killers: Four Book-Throwing Offenses (and How to Avoid Them)

May 2012: Using Analysis
5/7/2012: Give It to Me Straight: The Cardinal Rules of Critiquing for Writers
5/14/2012: The Rule of Threes: Expressive Character Design
5/21/2012: Discover Your Word Crushes: What Word Clouds Tell You About Your Writing
5/28/2012: One Title to Rule Them All: Naming Your Book

June 2012: Points of View
6/4/2012: What Authors Can Learn From Artists: Teaching Yourself to See
6/11/2012: (Characters) Doing the Wrong Thing: Why It Feels So Right
6/18/2012: From Facebook to Fiction: The Tricks and Traps of First Person
6/25/2012: Prose’s Unsung Heroes: Punctuating with Personality

July 2012: Breaking it Down
7/2/2012: Character by Design: Three Steps to Creating Distinct Personalities
7/9/2012: Bringing a Book to Life: The Tragic Reality of Pockets Full of Bat Guano
7/16/2012: Long Live Adverbs: An Ode to Rebellious Writers
7/23/2012: Make Your Fight Scenes 20% Cooler
7/30/2012: A Writer’s Audience: Important or Not?

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