March 27th, 2017

We Can Do it All – But Should We?

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine Into Gold

 

Every now and then, a bit of life wisdom hits you and takes seed. That’s how I felt a decade ago, when author Regina McBride and I were talking about the disadvantages of the writer’s life being conducted at home. “Home” to the majority of people is […]

February 27th, 2017

7 Ways to Get Rich From Writing

Kathryn Craft Turning Whine Into Gold 

It’s true: after years of growing to trust the blogging team here at WITS, someone is finally going to spill the bean-counter’s beans. Read on, because there’s more to getting rich than this sure-fire technique:

Write major selling points in their own paragraphs—in red!

Among the top ten reasons […]

January 23rd, 2017

Is Your Novel “Good Enough”?

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine Into Gold

If we are ever to finish a novel there comes a point when we all must ask: is our story (yet) good enough? The question deserves a thoughtful answer. A glib “Hey, it’s better than half the crap out there” is the mindset that once defined “vanity publishing,” and […]

December 26th, 2016

Coffee, Chocolate, and Whine

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine into Gold

If Facebook posts are to be trusted, all a creative writer needs to be productive is coffee, chocolate, and wine. Rather than flow rich with ideas and possibilities, the creative blood of many writers is a biochemistry experiment gone awry.

You already know why we rely upon caffeine, nutrient-poor […]

November 28th, 2016

How Change Changes Our Stories

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine Into Gold

Imagine looking in the mirror one morning and finding that you had shrunk to half of your height. Whoa. That would be jarring.

Frankly, all sudden change is jarring. This is why so many readers turn to story—to examine the way extreme pressures usher a fictional protagonist to the […]