January 20th, 2017

What Are You Working On? WITS Readers Share!

We’ve been working hard on resolutions, butt-in-chair, at the gym.

Let’s reward ourselves with some FUN!

Share a favorite paragraph of your current WIP (work-in-progress) in the comments. Give us your title and genre, then your paragraph.

Feel free comment on others’ as well!

 

Here’s Mine:

Hand-Me-Down Dreams, a WF […]

January 9th, 2017

Crafting a Powerful Set-Up

Becca Puglisi

As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages. It’s called grabbing the reader: captivating them in a way that makes them want to stick with the story to its end.

Michael Hauge prefers the term seducing:

“Everybody likes to be seduced; it’s a […]

December 23rd, 2016

Advanced Craft Tips

I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, but I believe they can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author. And […]

November 11th, 2016

The First Draft Jungle

Christina Delay

In case you didn’t know, there’s a little thing called NaNoWriMo going on this month. It’s basically a month in which writers lose sleep, stop talking to their families, give up binge watching Netflix, and forget how to spell without Word’s autocorrect feature, all to meet a challenging word count of 50,000 words […]

September 23rd, 2016

Nail That First Line!

Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book)

I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.

Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line:

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