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, […]

June 20th, 2012

Ramp Up The Fight To Amp Up The Tension

by Jenny Hansen

So you think you know how to fight dirty?

Monday’s post explained the nuance of “clean fighting” and how to use it to your best advantage in your stories.

Today, we’re gonna leave Mr. or Ms. Nicey-Nice at the door and show you how wallow in the muck.

Every entry in the […]

June 18th, 2012

Do Your Characters Fight in a Way That Advances Your Story?

 

by Jenny Hansen

Today we’re going to open a discussion here at WITS about how your characters fight.

Some of my posse from More Cowbell, who also hang out here, have heard the terms “dirty” and “clean” fighting.

Those of you who are new to the concept are likely scratching your heads wondering, […]

June 1st, 2012

Plot Fixer: Part 3 — A Lack of Goals

Writers In The Storm welcomes back Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo for some more plot-fixing magic. Kara is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Random House. AND she’s a 2012 DOUBLE RITA Finalist!

Problem #4: A lack of clear-cut goals for your characters

In […]

May 25th, 2012

Dialogue is King

By Tiffany Lawson Inman

In theatre, dialogue is king. It is the lifeline of the story. Character’s lines bouncing back and forth between each other. Confiding, conspiring, commiserating, coercing, or caring. Dialogue works to create emotion, conflict, show character, and it always moves the dramatic action forward.

It seems that in fiction writing, dialogue isn’t […]