December 18th, 2015

Power Your Fiction: Using Weather To Create Mood, Not Clichés

Angela Ackerman

Are you afraid of using the weather in your writing? If so, you’re not alone. After all, if not careful, weather description can be a minefield of clichés. The sunny, cloudless afternoon at the beach. The gloomy rainstorm at a funeral. Overdone setting and weather pairings can lie flat on the page.

Then […]

December 17th, 2014

Gifts That Matter: What Writers Need Most This Christmas

Angela Ackerman

It’s that time of year…bustling crowds in malls, shoppers lining up in endless droves, bulging virtual carts at Amazon and other e-retailers…all in pursuit of the perfect gift. We make a list, check it twice, and the jump into the holiday fray, looking forward to the joy our thoughtful presents will bring.

But […]

September 24th, 2014

NaNoWriMo Prep: Brainstorming the Hero Before You Start Writing

Angela Ackerman

Ah, Fall. Can you hear it, the melody of birds chirping? The rattle of sun-lit gold leaves in the breeze? And of course we can’t forget the click and clatter of keyboards as writers everywhere brainstorm, plot and organize their stories and characters for NANOWRIMO.

Oh…do I detect an awkward shuffle of feet? […]