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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Creating Stories

It’s a pleasure to be participating in the Blog Tour for CREATING STORIES by Hank Quense through MC Book Tours.

Do you have a story in you? Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Well, CREATING STORIES has the answers. In addition, Hank is offering a tour-wide giveaway featuring five (5) eBooks of CREATING STORIES and three (3) print copies of the author’s MOXIE'S PROBLEM (U.S. entries only). See how you can enter to win below. If you don’t want to wait to win a copy of CREATING STORIES, Hank is offering a special ‘half price’ sale that will only be available during his tour (March 20 through April 14).

Hank, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to write your story. He believes that stories come from the melding of three elements: getting ideas, story design, and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. CREATING STORIES covers the last two.

Creating Stories
by Hank Quense
  • Published by Strange World Publishing
  • AVAILABLE April 1, 2017
  • $8.99, 9947 KB, 105 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction Writing
  • ASIN: B01MZ6E3EM

          The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character's biography.
          Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot.
          A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs.
Other topics covered are character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice.

Be sure to add CREATING STORIES to your shelf on Goodreads.

About the Author:

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.
He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He is currently working on a third Moxie novel that takes place in the Camelot era.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

You can connect with Hank on his Amazon Author Page.

You can check out the schedule and follow Hank’s tour by clicking HERE.


This tour-wide giveaway is for five (5) eBooks of CREATING STORIES and three (3) print copies of the author’s MOXIE'S PROBLEM (U.S. entries only). The prizes are courtesy of the publisher. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, April 18.

And here's a short guest post by Hank.

What is the most difficult aspect of writing a book that will help others to write?

For me, the most difficult part of designing a story is getting the ending.  I'm a big believer in planning a story, so if you're a panster feel free to ignore everything that follows.
My stories all start with a character.  I don't know why, but that's the way it happens.  My next step is to come up with a plot problem for the character to work on.  Coming up with a plot problem isn't too difficult, but the next step is.  I don't do any work on the story until I can come up with an ending.  I don't develop the characters, the setting, or the scenes until and unless I come up with an ending.  And it has to be an ending that can I believe in, one that I can write convincingly about.  If I don't believe in the ending, I'll never get the reader to believe it.
The reason I don't work on the characters and other elements of the story is this: If I can't get an ending, there won't be a story.  I need to know the ending because everything that goes into the story has to point the reader toward that ending.  I can't do that if I don't know the ending.

The reason for putting everything on hold until I get the ending is because if I spend time developing characters and so forth, all that effort is wasted unless I can come up with a story ending.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Hank’s book. 

And for those of you following "Still Me...After All These Years" book tour, here's the schedule:

March 27 – Just Jemi – Excerpt
March 28 – Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt
March 29 –The Story of a Writer – Feature
March 30 – Mello & June, It’s A Book Thang – FeatureMello & June, It’s A Book Thang – Feature
March 31 – Reviews by Crystal – Interview


Mason Canyon said...

A good ending is important to a story. It's always a bit disappointing to be all wrapped up in a story to have it fall flat at the end. Karen, thanks for being a part of Hank's tour.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's kind of how I work. I will plan the characters a bit, but the ending always comes first. And I am a big planner.
Congratulations, Hank.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex, I'm a planner also and a big fan of mind-maps. I actually mind-map my novels before I start on the first draft. I think of the mind-map as a graphical synopsis. If I can mind-map it, I'm ready to start writing it.

Karen Walker said...

I'm the complete opposite - a totally organic writer - I get an idea and just allow it to take me wherever. I love how folks approach things totally differently - welcome, Hank. Good luck with your book!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

A good ending is exactly why I'm struggling with my latest WIP. I can come up with an ending if I concentrate, but, for whatever reason, I can't concentrate. I need a good kick, Hank. Congratulations on your book. Happy for you.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Kinda important to have an ending. Otherwise it just becomes practice.

Anonymous said...


I often get a great story idea (at least I think so) but can't come up with a credible ending, so the story never gets written. I have story ideas from years ago, that I could never come up with an ending. On the other hand, these story ideas and/or the characters sometimes make it into a different novel as a subplot or an minor character.