March 23rd, 2018

First Page Critique

This month I chose an ‘en media res’ beginning. They can be fast-moving and titillating – but they’re not easy! You need to clearly lay out the stakes, and since you don’t have time to flesh out a character, (and make us care about them) at least give us a rough idea of who […]

March 19th, 2018

From the Editor’s Desk: Mining Your Manuscript

Tiffany Yates Martin

How to Dig Deeper for the Buried Treasure in Your Story

There is a scene in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love that wrings my heart out every time I see it. Childhood sweethearts and longtime spouses, played by Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, are separated after the wife’s infidelity. Carrell’s character can’t stop […]

February 23rd, 2018

New WITS Feature: First Page Critique

I’m trying a new series here on WITS, where I’ll crit a submitted first page. More on how to get your work considered below. In the meantime, let’s jump right in!

I believe we learn best, by example.

The following is from a brave WITS follower who agreed to go first ~ […]

January 8th, 2018

The One Technique You Need to Nail Your Writing Goals

Colleen M. Story

As part of one of my recent freelance projects, I read an interesting survey about how women and men differ when it comes to setting and achieving goals.

You can read the full report at Leadership IQ. For this post, I’m zeroing in on one result that sort of surprised me. The […]

November 20th, 2017

Boring Scene? Here’s a Fix

I knew you always wanted to see a ferret yawn. Or is that just me?

I’ll admit it. I can write a scene that only a mother can love. One so sappy you’ll need to test your blood for sugar afterward. A sure cure for insomnia. (as boring as all these old saws).

And […]