Monday, April 10, 2017

Creating Stories {+ Giveaway}

I’m delighted today to welcome author Hank Quense to Thoughts in Progress as part of his Blog Tour for CREATING STORIES by Hank Quense through MC Book Tours.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all thought about what it would be like to write a book. We each have stories we’d love to be able to share with others. Do you know how to write that story or how to tell it? Well, CREATING STORIES has the answers.

As part of the tour, Hank is offering an awesome 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.

Author Hank Quense
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.

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Hank’s book. Have you ever thought about writing a book, but decided you couldn’t do it? If you’re an author, do you remember when you first decided you were going to write, did you have a guide to help you?


  1. I have seen Hank at another blog recently - offering words of wisdom. This avid reader firmly believes that there should be more writers...

    1. Me too. I work as much as possible with kids, usually YA to sow them how to write stories and have fun doing it.

  2. It would've been nice to have a guide. I had to learn the hard way by doing it really wrong in the beginning.

    1. That's how I learned, by writing really really bad stories and hoping someone would critique it. On the plus side, much of what I did wrong is in this book.

  3. Thanks for putting on this tour. It's the best one I've had. All your hard work and organizing skills really show.

  4. There's a real difference between having even a fabulous idea for a story, and actually getting it out there. It's always helpful to have a guide along the way. Thanks for sharing, both.

    1. I've had fabulous story ideas for years and I can never come up with an ending. So it remains nothing more than an idea.

  5. Hank is creative and talented, but the time travel aspect interests me greatly since I pine for tho old days which were simpler and appealing. I miss that era and would enjoy the opportunity to experience life back there again.

  6. Looks good. Like the ideas in the book. My favorite is the time travel aspect. I would like the hard copy books. If I win.

    1. I added Moxie's Problem to the giveaway because it was written with all the Creating Stories principles. It's an example of my writing precepts. I hope you win.

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    1. I had nothing to do with the cover (except to pay for it). My cover guy, Gary Tenuta, came up with it.

  8. 20 books! Cool, I'll take his advice. ;)


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