September 7th, 2016

Fortune Cookies and Seven Ways to Use Them in Your Writing

Today’s your lucky day!

I love fortune cookies. From cracking them open, to pulling out the slip of paper, to reading the fortune, to eating the sweet crunchy thing—I love everything about them. I always smile when I find saved fortunes (a recent “found” cache led to this post) whenever I go through an […]

August 3rd, 2016

Golden Lines from RWA 2016

Years ago, an instructor at the UCI Writing Project taught me how to identify the “golden lines” in a lesson, article, or book. Golden lines are the phrases, the ideas, the “takeaway” from whatever you’re learning in life. Since then, after I attend a class or workshop, I review my notes and handouts, marking the […]

July 18th, 2016

Use the Summer to Charge Your Writing Battery

photo credit: A Nice Place To Sit via photopin (license)

Writing. Life. We all wind down–or unwind–during the summer.

To stay fresh as writers, we need to plug in and recharge.

It’s possible to recharge while you’re busy doing other things, just like you recharge your cell phone while you’re driving. You can also […]

June 6th, 2016

Summertime Reading — Let’s Pimp and Promote!

Photo from Pixabay

Summer is coming up fast and here at Writers in the Storm we’re marking the occasion with a little “Pimp and Promote.” Of course, this always costs us some money, because we have to go out and buy lots of books. But there will be awesome “beach read” sales in next […]

June 1st, 2016

Use Your Summer Activities to Deepen Your Character’s POV (and more!)

Vernal Falls

The good news is I survived eight days of hiking in Yosemite. The better news is I got great pictures of a setting for some important scenes in my WIP. The best news is that I had a wide range of deeply emotional experiences that will help me write with a deeper […]