March 23rd, 2015

Writing That Gets Noticed

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine into Gold

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Why should anyone pay you for your writing?

Few aspiring authors give enough thought to answering this question. It is your key to effective marketing, yet many writers would rather skip the tough questions, whine about discoverability, and resort to gimmicks.

Yet I have never […]

March 4th, 2015

Changing It Up-Use the Power of Change in Your Writing

Our lives are about change.

Some people look at change as a bad thing, as something to avoid. Others view change as a possibility for something better. No matter how you feel about the life detours called change, nothing in our lives is permanent.

The past six months of my life have revolved around change. […]

January 7th, 2013

When Do You Start The Story?

Writers in the Storm welcomes Shannon Donnelly back, as this month, she gives us some great tips on starting in the right spot.

by Shannon Donnelly

When Do You Start The Story?

This is a good question—and maybe the hardest one to answer since there is no right answer.

Stories can start with dialogue, with […]

July 6th, 2012

Is Your Conflict Strong Enough?

Writers In The Storm welcomes back Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo for some more plot-fixing magic. Look for Kara’s writing tips the first Friday of every month. (Here are the links for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) Kara is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense […]

June 25th, 2012

Unusual Inspiration: Character Arcs Made Easy

by Fae Rowen

I am a plot-driven writer. The plot arrives first in my head, then I look for people who will survive and grow in that world.

My #1 concern? My characters MUST connect with my readers. To have the “best book ever” experience, your reader must believe in, root for, identify with, and, […]