Expansion Pack: The Villain’s Journey + The Monster

And possibly what would you do if you were the villain. Check out C. S. Boyack’s post about them at Story Empire.

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Hi Gang, Craig with you again. Time for another Expansion Pack that ties in with The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Writing Monomyth.

This time we’re dealing with our villains. Before you go all feral on me, there are some stories where the antagonist isn’t a human. Man vs Nature, Man vs Self, that kind of thing. This probably won’t help with those stories.

This Expansion Pack is more about what you need to know, not what you must put on the page. You’ll pick and choose what to include, but if your main character is the villain, you’ll include more.

I’ve researched all this stuff, and am trying to condense it for you guys. One of the things I find myself hating is the section names I’ve been running across. Therefore; I’m renaming all of them.

The Hero of His Own Story: The villain perceives himself as…

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Book Review: The Gate

Enjoying this book, have a look!


I’m excited to be part of launching Staci Troilo’s latest book, The Gate (under her pen name, D.L. Cross).

“If you like Ancient Aliens, this is right up your alley. Think of it as Indiana Jones meets Falling Skies. There’s travel, mystery, lore, ancient artifacts, government agents, a nefarious cabal, and (you guessed it) aliens.”

The Gate is the first of five books in the Astral Conspiracy series, part of the popular Invasion Universe. The next in the series should (hopefully) be out in Fall 2019.


He lost his job. Lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs – he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously.

Until an alien armada targets Earth.

Now Landon’s in high demand – by the US government and…

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How to Tweak Your Newsletter

For those interested in running a newsletter , reblogged from Story Empire.

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Happy Friday to all the Story Empire readers! Today I’m veering a bit off course from a regular post format at the end of the work week into the topic of managing a newsletter to gain better results (hopefully). I’m relying on some recent information, some of which is from my mass mailing provider, Mailerlite, so I include some links at the end of the post as resources.

Tweaking and improving my newsletter effectiveness has been a long-term goal that’s often frustrating because it’s just difficult to gain the engagement with subscribers of fiction, especially in the fantasy genre. With that in mind, I’ll share a few pieces of information and some tips to try and why based on what I’ve gleaned lately. I’ll also share some of what I’ve been doing to improve over time as well.

The main reason newsletter email is not opened aside from people just…

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