In my last blog, I posted an interview with John Olson on the topic of “Writing in the Shadows” — a set of techniques for helping the reader read between the lines. I heard John speak on this topic at a writing conference in September of last year and really got a lot out of it. Part of me was furious at John for thinking of all this cool stuff before I did. Part of me was just glad that I could steal all his good ideas for my next book.
John’s latest book, POWERS, is an excellent example of all his ideas about “Writing in the Shadows.” I just finished reading POWERS today at lunch, and (besides being quite an adrenaline rush of a book) it was fun to see exactly how he used his “shadows” techniques in every chapter.
Currently, John and I are running a “book rush” for POWERS. If you buy POWERS on Amazon (or anywhere else), John will give you a free copy of his lecture on “Writing in the Shadows.” This special offer is good through Saturday night, at midnight PST, December 5, 2009. (After that time, John and I will be selling his lecture here on this site for $33.)
John’s lecture “Writing in the Shadows” is a downloadable product with about 2 hours and 40 minutes of audio. The lecture includes both notes (somewhat like PowerPoint notes) and MP3 audio files. You view them in a web browser, a lot like my Fiction 101 and Fiction 201 courses.
We’re also giving away a couple of other goodies during the “book rush” for POWERS:
- A full-color 24-page comic book of POWERS
- A 50% discount coupon that’s good on any downloadable product in my store on this web site. (Expires Saturday night at midnight.)
Click here for all the details on the “book rush” for POWERS.