Hey Writers,

A writing career isn't easy. Many of us have seen talented new writers seem to rise to stardom only to crash and burn in a couple of years.

There are many ways to ruin your career.

But today we are bringing you four ways that will help you avoid a dead-end career.

Check out this week's article by David Farland.


This week on Apex!

  • Apex Strategy Monday Call - Monday 5:30 pm - J. Rose
  • Apex Mastermind Monday Call - Monday 7:00 pm - Forrest Wolverton
  • Apex Accelerator Wednesday Call - Wednesday 7:00 pm - Forrest Wolverton
  • Apex Mastermind Saturday Call - Saturday 8:00 am - Darcy Love
Monday 5:30 pm - Strategy Call - J. Rose
Tonight at 5:30 pm Mountain Time (7:30 pm EST)
Topic: Plottr Class for Apex

You’ve a story in you…but how to get it onto the page without having all the ideas snarl into tangled behemoth. There are various strategies! In this Apex strategy session, J Rose will present on how she uses Plottr to plot her novels and series. Come learn about a fun plotting alternative to using a spreadsheet, notecards, Scrivener, etc. We’ll go over Plottr’s main features, outlines, templates, series bibles, characters, and more! Troy Lambert (from Plottr) will join us to share even more knowledge.

J. Rose is the author of TWINS OF ORION, an upper middle grade fantasy series. Last year, she did a successful Kickstarter for her upcoming series: it’s like GOOSEBUMPS, but with a proudly disabled heroine: VERA WARDEN and the TWO-FACED DEMON. J Rose is a natural discovery writer (“panster”), but has learned brainstorming and outlining strategies that help create a better first draft. And keep the process fun! One of them is Plottr—it’s way more user-friendly than Excel.

Monday 7 pm - Apex Mastermind Call - Forrest Wolverton
Tonight at 7 pm Mountain Time (9 pm EST)
Topic: The Art of Change (Something New from Forrest Wolverton)


The Art of Change - an integrative approach for getting past what is stopping you from becoming who you want to be.

Forrest has been trained in, and continues to study new methodologies in the psychology of change. The Art of Change will give you the best and most up-to-date information about how to embrace and embody long-lasting change and help you become adept at stacking the odds in your favor. This is a newer and faster system to help you make a difference when trying to change your unconscious habits.

Wednesday 7 pm - Accelerator Call - Forrest Wolverton
Wednesday at 7 pm Mountain Time (9 pm EST)
Each week in Accelerator calls, Forrest Wolverton uses NLP and other tools for the mind to motivate and help you get past the obstacles in the way of your writing. He will help you become the best writer you can be. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Listening to Forrest is a little bit like listening to Dave.

Apex is one of the few writing groups with our own world-class and expert motivational speaker!

Saturday 8 am - Apex Mastermind Call - Darcy Love
Saturday at 8 am Mountain Time (10 am EST)
Topic: The Power of (at least occasionally) Working Under Pressure

Darcy will talk about his "under pressure" writing and creative experiences in the 48 Hour Film Festival and how to quickly pull things of greatness together when a deadline is looming.

Darcy was born in London Ontario and was whisked away to Australia at the tender age of 7. Making a triumphant return to Canada, Darcy decided to pursue film-making. He is the successful writer and director of several film-festival-winning short films such as "Of Dice and Men" (winner of the 48 hour film festival 2020; and the LTUE film festival in 2021); "The Glove" (LTUE film festival winner in 2022); and "The Man Who Loved Flowers" a Stephen King Adaptation that won Best Short Film at the Edmonton Festival of Fear.

Darcy earned a degree in music and journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and a diploma in film production from the Toronto Film School. He is currently the creative producer for Toronto Film School. His responsibilities among other things include producing and directing all of Toronto Film School commercials. He has a couple of other exciting film projects in the works but is under non-disclosure at the moment.

Darcy also co-hosts a 3-hour pop-culture radio show in Brisbane. Prior to moving back to Toronto, he was a regular. Now, that his film career, recent marriage and other life events are picking up he hosts the show once a month.

To join any of Apex’s calls, simply sign up at apex-writers.comonce you become a member, click on “Upcoming Events” for the call links.

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