December 12th, 2016

Life After NaNoWriMo—What’s Next?

Piper Bayard

It’s December—the month after National Novel Writing Month. We blink our eyes and search around like the lights just came up in the bar. Or maybe our expressions are more like that look a cat gets when a kid puts a paper bag over it for a few minutes and then […]

December 3rd, 2014

NaNoWriMo: Now What?

Tiffany Yates Martin

Before we turn the blog over to Tiffany Yates Martin, we want to announce the winners of Chuck Sambuchino’s Worst Storyline Ever! contest.

Winners:

1. Laurie Michele – “Nudist cowboy rides his faithful horse across the Wild West, fighting crime and saddle rash.”

2. Therese Calegari – “Defeated by the love of […]

May 28th, 2014

Do You Know How To Edit AND Proofread Your Story?

by Jenny Hansen, @JennyHansenCA

Editing and Proofreading: Two separate processes that equal one great story.

Like most writers, I hang out with a boatload of other writers. Still, I never saw much of other peoples’ works in progress until I coordinated a contest several years ago. Coordinating contests changed the way I see writing. Period. […]

July 29th, 2013

What is an “Echo?” Tips To Axe These Repeat Offenders

By Sharla Rae

One of the things we’ve discussed in our critique meetings is the tendency all writers have to repeat certain words and phrases. “Echoes” is a term I’ve heard applied to frequently repeated words.

Read your chapter out loud, and that’s exactly what they sound like.

Common Causes of Echoes:

Using lame and […]

May 25th, 2011

Embrace Your Red Pen

by Fae Rowen

The joke in here at WITS is that I sit in my living room waiting for an editor to knock on my front door and ask, “Do you have a book I can buy?” Yep, pretty passive. Lots of backstory on why I haven’t sent out requested manuscripts, but here’s what’s going […]